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Dr John Lydon

Programme Director

Dr John Lydon is the University's Programme Director for Catholic School Leadership and also the Director of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) Programme.

John gained his PGCE from the University of Liverpool before later gaining his MA in Catholic School Leadership at St Mary's University. John was awarded his PhD by the University of Surrey.

In October 2013, Dr Lydon was awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • Awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) October 2013
  • PhD (University of Surrey)
  • MA (Catholic School Leadership – St Mary’s University
  • TDipM (Teachers' Diploma in Management)
  • PGCE (University of Liverpool)
  • BA (Hons) (Dunelm) 



Research

Grants / Awards / Bursaries:

  • Award from the Scholarship and Research Support Fund in respect of a presentation to the National Catholic Educational Association in Anaheim CA April 2009 
  • Awarded a Grant by CATSC (Catholic Association of Teachers Schools ands) to engage in the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association USA) Convention in Philadelphia 2005
  • Awarded a Grant by CATSC (Catholic Association of Teachers Schools ands) to engage in the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association USA) Convention in Boston 2004)

Internal University Committees:

  • Member of St Mary’s University Higher Education Review Working Group
  • Member of St Mary’s University Validations and Review Committee
  • Representative of the School of Education, Theology & Leadership on the University Ethics Committee
  • Member of the School of Education Theology and Leadership School Validation and Review Committee 

External Involvement (Consultancy / Professional Bodies / External Examining): 

Examining including dates:

  • Internal Examiner for PhD Dissertation St Mary’s University October 2011
  • Senior Section 48 Inspector (Inspection of Denominational Education under the OFSTED Framework for the Inspection of Schools 2005) for the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton- Inspections carried out since 2004. Six inspections carried out in 2013-14. 

Consultancy/Professional Bodies: 

  • Member of the Executive of the World Union of Catholic Teachers since 2008 – Elected for a Second Term October 2012
  • Executive Treasurer of Catholic Association of Teachers Schools ands of England & Wales
  • Representative of the Roman Catholic Church on the Religious Education Council of England and Wales
  • Foundation Governor of Salesian School Chertsey 2000- present
  • Foundation Governor of Salesian Battersea 2002-2011
  • Foundation Governor of St John Bosco Wandsworth 2012-
  • Chair of Secondary Heads of RE Diocese of Arundel & Brighton 2010-2011

Publications:

  • Lydon,J., (2013), Book Review: Communicating Faith (Edited: J Sullivan) in Grace, G., (Editor), International Studies in Catholic Education, London, Rutledge
  • Lydon,J., (2013), The Nature of Spiritual Capital in Hayes, M., (editor), The Pastoral Review, London, The Tablet Publishing Company, Volume 9, Issue 5
  • Lydon, J., (2012), Faith and the Catholic Teacher in Hayes, M., (editor), The Pastoral Review, London, The Tablet Publishing Company, Volume 8, Issue 5
  • Lydon, J., (2011), Religious Charism in Salesian Schools in Hayes, M., (Editor), The Pastoral Review, London, The Tablet Publishing Company Volume 7 Issue 6
  • Lydon, J., (2011), Teaching as a Vocation in Hayes, M., (Editor), The Pastoral Review, London, The Tablet Publishing Company Volume 7 Issue 5
  • Lydon, J., (2011), The Contemporary Catholic Teacher: A Reappraisal of the Concept of Teaching as a Vocation in the Catholic Christian Context, Saarbrucken, Germany, Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Lydon, J., (2009), Transmission of the Charism : A Major Challenge for Catholic Education in Grace, G., (Editor), International Studies in Catholic Education, London, Routledge
  • Lydon, J., (2003), Maintaining the Salesian Educational Vision, Berkeley CA, Institute of Salesian Studies 

Conference Presentations / Performances / Radio Broadcasts: 

  • Delivering a keynote address to Archdiocese of Westminster Headteachers – January 2015
  • Delivering keynote address at the Archdiocese of Southwark Headteachers Conference – October 2014
  • Representing the World Union of Catholic Teachers and speaking at a UNESCO Conference entitled THE ROLE OF YOUTH FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE in Bulgaria – September 2014
  • Due to present a paper on the implications of Vatican II on Catholic Schools – Rome September 2014
  • Presented papers at an International Conference on Catholic Education Leadership in Sri Lanka– June 2014 
  • Presented a keynote address entitled Faith and Reason in the Catholic Education Tradition at Jordan University, Morogoro, Tanzania February 2014
  • Presented a Paper entitled Gravissimum Education: Foundation for an Understanding of Catholic Education to the General Assembly of the World Union of Catholic Teachers, September 2013
  • Presented a Paper entitled ‘Distinctive Leadership for Distinctive Schools’, All Wales Faith Leaders Conference – July 2013
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Reflections on the NQT Year’ – Archdiocese of Westminster Teachers Conference – June 2013
  • Presented a paper entitled The Distinctiveness of Schools with a Religious Character – Vith Form Schools ands Conference St Mary’s University Twickenham – May 2013
  • Delivered a paper entitled ‘The Value of Maintaining Distinctive Religious Charisms’, National Catholic Education Association Convention in Houston TX – April 2013
  • Presented paper at the General Assembly of the World Union of Catholic Teachers entitled Catholic Education in the UK – Rome – October 2012
  • Delivered a paper entitled ‘Teaching as a Vocation – Contemporary Perspectives’ at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention in Boston MA - April 2012
  • Book Review of Winstanley, M., (2011), Lenten Sundays: Reflections on the Gospel Readings, Bolton, Don Bosco Publications in Hayes, M., (Editor), (2012), The Pastoral Review, London, The Tablet Publishing Company Volume 8 Issue 2
  • Delivered a paper/took part in round table discussions at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association – April 2011
  • Delivered a paper at a conference at Las Casa Institute University of Oxford – “Renewing the Catholic Social Conscience” – March 2010
  • Book Review of Winstanley, M., (2009), Symbols and Spirituality, Bolton, Don Bosco Publications in Hayes, M., (Editor), (2009), The Pastoral Review, London, The Tablet Publishing Company Volume 5, Issue 1
  • Contributed to a Conference organised by the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican – ‘Paul – Prophetic Missionary and Transforming Leader’ – June 2009
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Transmission of the Charism – A Major Challenge for Catholic Educators’ at the National Catholic Educational Convention in Anaheim CA - April 2009
  • Participated in the Congress of the World Union of Catholic Teachers – Salesianum Rome 2008
  • Addressed a meeting of the Congregation for Catholic Education with the World Union of Catholic Teachers on the issue of the challenges facing Catholic Schools in England and Wales - October 2007
  • Represented CATSC (Catholic Association of Teachers Schools ands) at Parliamentary Reception to celebrate the success of Catholic education - June 2007
  • Spoke at ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers) Conference on the issue of the Existence of Schools with a Religious Character - April 2007
  • Paper entitled 'Teaching as a Vocation' - Stapleford Conference 2006
  • Research Seminar - St Mary's June 2005 - Teaching as a Vocation
  • Contributed to seminars at the NCEA Conventions in Philadelphia 2005 and Boston 2004 
  • Delivered a paper at a Conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family - The Family as Primary Educators Served by the School - Pontifical Lateran University Rome June 2004 
  • Paper entitled 'The Contemporary Catholic Teacher: A Reappraisal of the Concept of Teaching as a Vocation in the Catholic Christian Context' delivered to the Invitation Seminar, St Edmund's, University of Cambridge - January 2004 
  • Presented paper entitled To Lead as Jesus Led at SPICE (Selected Programmes for Improving Catholic Education) Conference, Boston, MASS, USA June 2001 

Conferences and Courses attended:

  • Attended Elizabeth Anscombe Memorial Lecture at St John’s Oxford – October 2012
  • Attended Conference at Blackfriars Oxford Exploring Double Effect – February 2011
  • Attended Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University ‘Education in a post-secular Society’ – January 2011
  • Attended the inaugural Elizabeth Anscombe Memorial Lecture at St John’s Oxford – October 2010
  • Delivered a paper at a conference at Las Casa Institute University of Oxford – “Renewing the Catholic Social Conscience” – March 2010
  • Contributed to a Conference organised by the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican – Paul – Prophetic Missionary and Transforming Leader’ – June 2009
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Transmission of the Charism – A Major Challenge for Catholic Educators’ at the National Catholic Educational Convention in Anaheim CA - April 2009
  • Participated in the Congress of the World Union of Catholic Teachers – Salesianum Rome 2008
  • Addressed a meeting of the Congregation for Catholic Education with the World Union of Catholic Teachers on the issue of the challenges facing Catholic Schools in England and Wales - October 2007 
  • Living Theology Conference - Liverpool Hope University - July 2007 including lectures by Michael Paul Gallagher SJ on the theme on ' The Interface between Faith and Culture '
  • Stapleford Conference in January 2007 - the theme of the conference was 'Transforming Lives? Transforming Culture? - The Christian Teacher in the post-modern world. 
  • UNESCO/FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Symposium Paris - Education: A Path To Love - November 2006
  • Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain Conference - Durham - August 2006
  • Living Theology Conference - Ushaw Durham - July 2006 Stapleford Conference 2006
  • Catholic Education Service Annual Conference 2005 (Dr James Hanvey)
  • National Catholic Educational Association Convention Philadelphia 2005
  • International Conference of Catholic Institutions of Higher Education, Boston, MASS, USA, April 2011
  • National Catholic Educational Association Convention Boston 2004

Appointed Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre (KCHS): November 2014