Scottish Episcopal Institute (SEI)

The Scottish Episcopal Institute forms those preparing for a variety of authorised ministries in the Scottish Episcopal Church, lay and ordained, and in the United Reformed Church in Scotland, shaping vibrant missional ministers for today’s world. It encourages an ethos of ongoing learning for all involved in ministry, both through its oversight of IME2 (years 4-6) and in the encouragement and resourcing of lifelong enquiry in a learning church.

Periodic External Review of SEI

The six-yearly Review is an evaluation of those Theological Education Institutions (TEIs) which are part of the Common Awards family, conducted by the Quality Assurance (QA) division of the Church of England’s National Ministry Team in conjunction with staff from the Common Awards team, Durham University. It thus brings together under one evaluatory process both academic and formational quality assurance. The Scottish Episcopal Institute was inspected in January-February 2020.

A new SEI website has been set up in June 2022.  This page will remain for a little while longer, but please visit our new website here if you wish to!

SEI Prayer Diary 2022-23


The SEI Prayer Diary provides the Church with a way of praying daily for all involved in the SEI Community.


SEI Foundation Year Rationale and Curriculum

The SEI Foundation Year Rationale and Curriculum offers suggestions for study prior to formal training.

IME1 (years 1-3) Handbook
IME 1-3 Handbook

The IME1 (years 1-3) Handbook is no longer published outside the SEI virtual learning environment. Please use the Contact page on the new website if you have any queries.

The new SEI website can be found here.

SEI SpLD and Dyslexia policies (from January 2021 and included in the Handbook)
Sitting with the differently abled in the SEC discernment process – Canon Lynsay Downs, Dec 2020


Curates’ IME2 (years 4-6) Handbook
(updated October 2020, with forms updated Feb 2021)


The Curates’ IME2 (years 4-6) Handbook contains all the information needed for Initial Ministerial Education years 4-6 regarding curacies in the Scottish Episcopal Church for incumbents, curates, congregations and bishops.


The Curates IME2 (years 4-6) Pro-formas will be found on the SEI Pro-formas page here.

These include forms for use prior to receiving a curate, forms for review during and after a curacy, tools for use during a curacy, and the skills a curate should evidence.

Please email if you require printer-friendly form types.

Lay Readers’ IME2 (years 4-6) Handbook (May 2016)


The Lay Readers’ IME2 (years 4-6) Handbook (May 2016) is offered to all newly licensed Lay Readers and their incumbents to ensure that Lay Readers in their first three years of public ministry are properly equipped, resourced and supported.


Lay Readers’ IME2 (years 4-6) Pro-formas

The Lay Readers’ IME2 (years 4-6) Pro-formas are given here to chart the formational outcomes for Lay Readers by the end of their Initial Ministerial Formation.