An investigation into allegations against two senior members of staff at the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF), a UK-based organization that provides support to Christian Unions, has experienced delays, according to recent reports.
The UCCF’s board of trustees had suspended National Director Richard Cunningham and Field Director Tim Rudge in December 2022, with the aim of ensuring the integrity of a formal, independent investigation into “various allegations.”
When UCCF’s trustees issued a statement, they clarified that the allegations against the suspended directors did not involve sexual misconduct. They also noted that it is common practice to suspend individuals in such circumstances and that it does not imply guilt. The statement highlighted the significance of refraining from prejudging the outcome of the investigation and underscored the importance of adhering to biblical principles.
UCCF is a Christian organization that supports and empowers Christian Unions across universities and colleges in the UK. It seeks to help students grow in their faith and engage in evangelism, discipleship, and mission. The organization has been in existence for over 100 years and has a presence in over 200 higher education institutions across the UK.
The delay in the investigation has caused concern among some members of the Christian Union community. Some have expressed frustration at the lack of information about the allegations and the investigation, while others have called for transparency and accountability from UCCF.
UCCF recently released an update on their website on May 5th regarding the ongoing investigation into the allegations made against two senior members of staff. The organization clarified that the investigation is still ongoing after six months and is the initial step in determining the validity of the allegations. UCCF emphasized that the results of the investigation will be kept confidential.
To conduct the investigation, UCCF appointed independent employment barrister Hilary Winstone from Old Square Chambers in January. The organization released a statement at the time indicating that Winstone aimed to proceed quickly to minimize the period of uncertainty for all involved parties.
UCCF chair Chris Willmott said: “The process is taking longer than originally anticipated but all those involved are looking to be as swift as possible while being thorough and impartial and complying with all appropriate legal checks and balances.”
The outcome of the investigation is eagerly awaited by many members of the Christian Union community. UCCF has a significant impact on the lives of students across the UK, and the outcome of the investigation could have implications for the organization’s future.