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 IME 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.

SEI Prayer Diary 2020-21


The SEI Prayer Diary (2020-21, updated for January 2021) 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.

IME 1-3 Handbook 2020-21
[updated October 2020]

IME 1-3 Handbook

The IME 1-3 Handbook 2020-21 offers a wealth of information about the Scottish Episcopal Institute, and about Initial Ministerial Education 1-3 in the Scottish Episcopal Church and its ecumenical partner, the United Reformed Church in Scotland.  It includes three Supplements detailing Mixed Mode Training, information for Final Year students and a section on Field Education (placements).


Placement Agreement Form 2020-21 (Level 4 and Level 5 Short)
Placement Agreement Form 2020-21 (Level 5 Long)

The Placement Agreement Form (2020-21) provides the form that the Diocesan Advisor should complete at the initial meeting with a Placement Supervisor and candidate.

Placement Supervisor’s Assessment Form

The Placement Supervisor’s Assessment Form is completed by the Placement Supervisor towards the close of the placement for discussion with a candidate and his/her Diocesan Advisor at the End-of-Placement meeting.

Curates’ IME 4-6 Handbook July 2020
(update October 2020)


The Curates’ IME 4-6 Handbook (July 2020) contains all the information needed for Initial Ministerial Education 4-6 regarding curacies in the Scottish Episcopal Church for incumbents, curates, congregations and bishops.


Curates’ IME 4-6 Pro Formas

The Curates’ IME 4-6 Pro Formas will be uploaded during July 2020.  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 forms before they are uploaded here.

Lay Readers’ IME 4-6 Handbook May 2016


The Lay Readers’ IME 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’ IME 4-6 Pro Formas

The Lay Readers’ IME 4-6 Pro Formas are given here to chart the formational outcomes for Lay Readers by the end of their Initial Ministerial Formation.