REF 2021

1st in the UK

Divinity at the University of Aberdeen was ranked 1st in the UK for overall quality of research



The Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability exists to help individuals and organizations address pressing spiritual and theological issues and needs within the religious communities and the health and social care professions and within the field of disability theology. It seeks to achieve this task through the development of a rigorous evidence based empirical research program with a particular focus on research that informs practice.

Areas of activity include the Theology of Disability, Dementia, Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities, Health and Healing, Oncology, End of Life Care, Genetics and Disability, Parish Nursing, Ethics, Staff Support, Chaplaincy, and Suicide.


The Centre is self-funding and receives no external public money. It generates income purely through research grants and donations from supportive parties. The Centre thus far has managed research projects funded by, amongst others:

  • The Scottish Executive
  • The Mental Health Foundation
  • Highland NHS Trust
  • The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.
  • The Church of Scotland
  • The Camphill Trust
  • The Jerusalem Trust
  • The Porticus Trust