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Theological literacy has valency with important elements of the educational and ecclesial enterprise. On campus the Centre boasts a number of experts connected to its various dimensions, including:

Edmund Boyle

PGCE and School Direct lead, Ed is an RE and PSHE expert and the key contributor to Made in God’s Image: Challenging Homophobic and Bi-phobic bullying in Catholic Schools.

Matthew Dell

PGCE RE lead, Matthew is across several current initiatives including the development of liturgical criteria for Section 48 inspection and the foundation of ATCRE – the Association of Catholic Teachers of Religious Education.

Claire Fernandes

Primary RE expert, Claire has published resources for the liturgical year in Pastoral Review  She currently leads modules on Theological literacy for the Primary Education with QTS BA (Hons) degree at St Mary’s.

Sarah Green

Primary RE expert, Sarah has recently completed research on the classroom experience of pupils and leads on RE and World Religions for Primary PGCE students at St Mary’s.

Caroline Healy

A key member of the Catholic School Leadership team, Caroline is also a mentor and director on the professional doctorate in education Dr Healy is currently co-ordinating an international project to build educational capacity involving post-doctoral African researchers .

John Lydon

As programme lead for the MA Catholic School Leadership, John is an expert on ‘spiritual capital’ in education. Dr. Lydon is a well-travelled academic who has recent keynote addresses in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Chicago. He is an Executive Member of the World Union of Catholic Teachers which has consultative status with UNESCO.  His latest book published by Gracewing in 2018 is Contemporary Perspectives on Catholic Education.

Mary Mihovilovic 

Secondary RE expert, and Section 48 inspector, Mary leads both the MA in Pedagogy with RE pathway as well as ‘LIAC’, the MA Education - Leading Innovation and Change. Dr Mihovilovic is currently researching the experience of non-Catholic teachers in Catholic schools and vice versa.

Káren North

Expert in Faith Transmission and religious practice among Young Adults, Dr North is Programme Lead for CCRS – the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. She has published print and video resources for sacramental preparation and catechesis. Her PhD research Disrupting the Limbo of Non-belonging has been lauded by Bishops and academics alike and a summary is now available online (see link below).

Anthony Towey

Anthony Towey is Director of the Aquinas Centre and is engaged in initiatives across the field of religious education, serving on CORE – the Commission on RE, as a consultant on inter-university research, as a theological advisor on Catholic-Humanist dialogue for the Bishops’ Conference and as editor of The Pastoral Review. At St Mary’s he continues to engage with students of theological literacy at every level from short course through to PhD Professor Towey was actively involved in the 2016 reforms of RE at Key Stages 4 and 5 contributing to curriculum design, publishing, web-resourcing and nationwide CPD events. Links to some of his recent publications can be found through the Open Access portal at St Mary’s.

External advisers

Prof Robert Bowie

Director: National Institute for Christian Education Research, Canterbury Christ Church University) 

Claire Parkin

Claire Parkin Is an RE specialist who has worked Professor Linda Woodhead and colleagues from Lancaster University, Edge Hill University and St Mark & St John's University to research current practice in collective worship. She is currently on the executive committee of AULRE, the Association of University Lecturers in RE.

Dr Simon Uttley

Blessed Hugh Farringdon School and Notre Dame University

Peter Ward

Chair of NBRIA – National Board of Religious Education Inspectors and Advisers

David Wells

Catechesis & Religious Education Expert – Curator of ‘Reflect and Inspire’