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Dr Maureen Glackin

Head of School of Education, Theology and Leadership

About Research

Maureen Glackin is Head of the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary's. She lectures in Religious Education across primary undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and on the Master's in Pedagogy and Professional Values and Practice on the PGCE course.

Maureen completed her PGCE in secondary English at Goldsmith's and prior to coming to St Mary’s spent fourteen years at the 'chalkface' in a variety of teaching and pastoral roles in secondary and primary schools across London.  Before her educational career she worked for nine years as a professional actress. 

Maureen is an active researcher: she is on the editorial board of the journals The Pastoral Review and International Studies in Catholic Educationand these publications reflect her areas of research interest with reference to religious education, aspects of the spiritual in education and the disposition of the teacher.

Her doctoral thesis focused on the role of the chaplain in Catholic schools in England and Wales with reference to the manner in which the role is inhabited by ordained and non-ordained persons and how its realisation is formed by the community that the chaplain serves. She holds a Bachelor degree in Drama and English from the University of Hull and a Master's in Pastoral Liturgy from Heythrop College, University Of London.



  • July 2011 ‘Surveying the Spiritual’ in The School of Education Journal, St Mary’s University, ed. Dr Lorna Goodwin
  • March 2011 ‘Presence in Pilgrimage.  Contemporary Chaplaincy in Catholic Schools in England and Wales’ in International Studies in Catholic Education, ed. Prof Gerald Grace
  • December 2010 Glackin, M. Presence in Pilgrimage An Exploration of Chaplaincy in Catholic Secondary Schools in England and Wales, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken
  • February 2009 ‘From Values to Vocation.  Designing and Delivering Primary PG Master's Modules at St Mary's UniversityInnovations and Development in Initial Teacher Education, ed. Dr  Alison Jackson, University of Cumbria, Higher Education Academy, Bristol. Co-authored with Maria James
  • July 2007 ‘Changing Minds and Challenging Thinking: A Global Citizenship Project’Making a difference: global citizenship in Initial Teacher Training Centre for Cross-Curricular Initiatives (CCCI), London South Bank University Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Co-authored with Bernadette Baughen and  Monica Baughen 
  • June 2007 and ongoing 'Getting Resourced' a themed column on educational resources. The Pastoral Review, ed. Rev Prof Michael Hayes, The Tablet Publishing Company
  • September 2004 Whose Faith? What Feeling? Whose Identity? Pastoral Care in Education, Blackwell Publishing

Conference Presentations:

  • July 2011 The importance of Teaching.........RE. RE, the White Paper and the Big Society Religious Education: the state we're in Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education (AULRE) Annual Conference School of Education, University of Glasgow.
  • July 2010 Not all teachers need to do it but all children need to learn it.  Exploring spiritual development in education: primary ITE students speaking for themselves. Religion, Education and Spiritual Development (AULRE) Annual Conference University of Norwich
  • July 2009  Let's Talk. Religion, Education and Dialogue (AULRE) Annual Conference University of Exeter
  • May 2008  From Values to Vocation. Innovation and Development in Initial Teacher Education 4th Annual ESCalate ITE Conference University of Cumbria Co-presented with Maria James
  • March 2008's more about the person, it really is though, that's the thing'Towards Professional Wisdom - Practical Deliberation in the People Professions'' University of Edinburgh
  • July 2007  Changing Minds and Challenging Thinking: A Global Citizenship Project. Co-presented with Bernadette Baughen and Monica Baughen  'Making a difference: global citizenship in Initial Teacher Training' London South Bank University
  • April 2006  Our World - Get Global Embedding Global Citizenship in the Primary Classroom. 'Sensational Geography' Geographical Association (GA) Annual Conference, University of Manchester. Co-presented with Bernadette Baughen and Monica Baughen