My role is to lead on the Culham St Gabriel’s research strategy. The strategy has two strands: the first is the Research for RE website http://researchforre.reonline.org.uk/; and the second is a series of seven RE-related research projects that we are funding http://www.cstg.org.uk/how-we-help/research-for-re/.
I completed a first degree in Religious Studies at Lancaster University in 1985, qualifying as a teacher of RE at the then S Martin’s College, Lancaster, in 1986. I taught and led RE in six different English secondary schools over the period 1986-2015. From 1994-2008, I was also a member of the Sheffield SACRE and agreed syllabus conference. From 2000-2007, I was also a part-time graduate student at the University of Warwick (Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit), gaining a MA in RE in 2002 and a PhD in 2007. My PhD thesis was about motivation in secondary RE.
After my PhD was completed, still on a part-time basis whilst full-time in school, I held an Associate Fellow post in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (2007-2017). This involved contributing to various research projects, notably the EC-funded Religion in Education: A Contribution to Dialogue or a Factor of Conflict in transforming societies of European countries? (REDCo) (2006-2009). In addition to my Culham St Gabriel’s lead consultancy, I am currently working on a Warwick research project on teaching about religious diversity and as a consultant on a Council of Europe RE teacher training project.
My main interest is how research can improve RE teaching and I am very keen to hear from teachers, researchers and other possible collaborators. We are here to support excellence in RE, and that is why I am delighted to be part of the Culham St Gabriel’s team.