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PhD Studentship: History of Religion and Education

The University of Worcester is seeking to grow its research capacity in Education, especially its strength in the History of Religion and Education

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To this end, the University of Worcester is offering a full time PhD studentship in these broad areas to be focused on one of the following topics:

1. The classroom history of Religious Education: spaces, textbooks, artefacts, visual and auditory culture

2. The origins of non-denominational Religious Education in England, 1870-1902

3. The history of religious education in non-school settings e.g. the domestic context, Sunday Schools or Madrasa

4. An historical and contemporary study of the work of the International Bible Reading Association

Applicants are advised to indicate which of these is of interest to them, and to orient their applications to this preference as appropriate.

Closing date: Sunday 02 Apr 2017

Reference number: N/A

Job details

Job details

37 hours per week
2nd October 2017
3 years
Responsible to
Professor Stephen Parker
Responsible for
Interview date
May 2017



The Institute of Education is developing a national and international reputation for research in Education and related disciplines and areas. Staff engage in research activity as part of thematic Research Interest Groups (RIGs) including; Social psychology of education, Interprofessional learning, Innovative pedagogies, Social justice, Early Childhood, Lifelong Learning, and the History of Religion and Education.

The History of Religion and Education is a particular area of strength in research within the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. Led by Professor Stephen Parker, a very successful submission to REF2104 was made under this heading. Currently, Professor Parker is leading a Leverhulme Trust-funded project on the history of religious education broadcasting in Britain. As a research student in the history of religion and education you would be joining a group of other doctoral students working on a range of topics in the field. Moreover, you will become part of our dynamic and engaged research student body in Education as a whole.

Research School The Research School is a focal point for all our research students. It provides:

• day-to-day support for our students, both administrative and practical, through our dedicated team

• a Research Student Study Space with both PCs and laptop docking station

• a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme for students and their supervisors

• a programme of student-led conferences and seminars

Details of the studentship

During the period of your studentship you will receive the following:

• a tax free bursary of £13,863 for a period of 3 years

• a fee-waiver for 4 years at the UK/EU fee rate

• a laptop

• use of the Research Student Study Space in Research School

• access to the Research Student Support Scheme to cover costs and expenses related to your research

Main duties

Main duties

Person specification

Person specification


Applicants should have or be able to evidence:

• A First Class Honours Degree/or an Upper 2.1 (or expect to receive one by October 2016), with evidence of first class achievement in a dissertation on a relevant topic;

• Demonstrable and excellent understanding of religious education and/or Modern History, or Theology and Religious Studies;

• A very good understanding and experience of appropriate research methods and skills;

• Computer literacy;

• Ability to organise and meet deadlines;

• Good interpersonal skills;

• Ability to work independently and contribute to a team;

• Commitment and an enthusiastic approach to completing a higher research degree.


• Education to Masters Degree level in a relevant area.

• Ability to contribute to research study design;

• Willingness and availability to travel in the UK for research.

As part of its mission statement the University is committed to widening participation for its higher degrees. Although most candidates will have an undergraduate and/or a Masters degree, the University is happy to accept applications from candidates with relevant professional qualifications and work related experience.

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