Our annual conference will be held on 11th March at the Oxford Mathematical Institute.
The event brings together RS and Philosophy teachers with stakeholders and colleagues from leading universities to debate the latest issues in our subject area.
Conference Programme to follow shortly.
Imam Monawar Hussain, MBE DL FRSA High Sheriff of Oxfordshire
Dr Kathryn Wright, Professor Trevor Cooling, Professor Liam Gearon, Professor Tom Greggs
Professor Alister McGrath
ISRSA Networking opportunity
All ISRSA members welcome
MBE DL FRSA High Sheriff of Oxfordshire
Imam Monawar Hussain founded The Oxford Foundation – a charity that promotes religious and racial harmony through educational and arts-based activities. This is a unique programme that confronts violent extremist ideology and it has been used to train religious education teachers in the UK. He is a leading entrepreneur with degrees from Universities of Oxford (B.Th Hons.) and London (M.A.) in Theology and Abrahamic Religions, respectively.
Dr Kathryn Wright is Chief Executive of the Culham St Gabriel Trust, and is responsible for leading the strategic vision and planning of the trust, developing good connections with outside organisations, designing CSTG’s work with and for teachers, and reporting regularly to our trustees. Kathryn’s research focusses on the role of research and policy in curriculum development and teachers’ professional development in Religious Education.
Professor Trevor Cooling is Professor of Christian Education at the National Institute for Christian Research, Canterbury Christ Church University UK and an internationally respected speaker on Christian education. He has an educational background as a secondary school teacher, where he started his career as a biology teacher before moving into Religious Studies.
Dr Liam Francis Gearon (BA, Hons, MA, MPhil, Cert He, PhD, FHEA, FRSA) is Associate Professor in the Department of Education, Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, Conjoint Professor at Newcastle University, Australia, and Visiting Professor at the Irish Centre for Catholic Studies, MIC, Limerick, Ireland.
Founder-Director of the Philosophy, Religion, Education Research Group, Liam is a specialist in the interdisciplinary study of religion in education, and has led the teaching of religious education at Oxford for a decade.
Natasha Fenwick is Head of Humanities at St. Anthony’s School for Boys at Alpha Plus Group Ltd, in London. She was previously Teacher of Religious Studies, Head of Careers and Academic Enrichment at Mill Hill School after starting her teaching career with City of London School for Girls. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and completed her MSc with the University of Oxford in higher order thinking skills within GCSE Religious Studies and co-produced enrichment strategies within Religious Studies.
Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair of Divinity (the oldest separated Divinity chair established in 1616) at the University, and is a founding co-director of the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology. He also currently serves as Head of Divinity at Aberdeen. He previously held a chair in Historical and Doctrinal Theology, and until 2011, when he joined the University of Aberdeen, was Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Chester. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge. In 2019, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has been a visiting research fellow at St John’s College, Durham, and College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor in Religion at the University of Virginia.
Professor McGrath holds the Andreos Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, and is a fellow of Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College. He was previously Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King’s College London and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture, Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford, and was principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, until 2005.
He holds an Oxford DPhil for his research in Molecular Biology and a DD from Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology for his work in Historical and Systematic Theology. A former atheist, he has established a reputation as one of the leading apologists for Christianity.
Andrew Capone has been an examiner for OCR and Edexcel and leads a very successful department at St Simon Stock School. He is an inspirational teacher, passionate about RS and determined to develop the full potential of every student both in the classroom and under the pressure of examinations. Andrew is author of a number of popular teaching packs and revision guides for A level, and is a highly valued member of the EthIQa team.
Julie Arliss is a Highly Accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator working closely with teachers to bring the best resources to schools. She is an international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is on the examining team for Cambridge International Examinations, and founder of Academy Learning. She is on the CPD team for one of the leading UK examination boards and continues to be at the forefront of the development of blended learning for A Level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics.