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 2021-22


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.

IME 1-3 Handbook 2021-22
IME 1-3 Handbook

The IME 1-3 Handbook 2021-22, updated 31 January 2022, 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).

The Placement Agreement Forms and Placement Supervisor’s Assessment Form will be found on the SEI Pro-formas page 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’ IME 4-6 Handbook
(updated October 2020, with forms updated Feb 2021)


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


The Curates IME 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’ 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.