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Dr Geoffrey Chorley

Geoffrey ChorleyAfter specialising in Classics for A level, I received a BA in Russian from Liverpool University. During this course I also held a British Council scholarship for a year at Moscow University. I then followed post-graduate taught courses in Russian and Soviet Studies at two Canadian universities. 

My initial study of Theology was at Mansfield College in the University of Oxford, where I was taught individually by the late Professor G. B. Caird; I later obtained a Diploma in Theology from London University. My PGCE was also from Oxford University. In mid-career I received an M. Ed. from Nottingham University specializing in educational law and a Ph. D. in Theology from Liverpool University. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2002.

After a year teaching Russian to science students in a Canadian university, I was head of Russian and Religious Education departments in grammar and comprehensive schools and a tertiary college, also teaching at various times History, Latin and Greek. During my first school teaching post I was awarded a Teacher Fellowship at the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University to develop the teaching of non-Christian religions.

I taught at Hope as a Senior Lecturer from 1990 to 2012, first leading the Secondary Religious Education PGCE for twelve years and teaching advanced professional courses at Master’s level for serving teachers. During this time I was seconded for a year to the Teacher Education Team of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Schools (England).

From 2002 to 2012 I worked exclusively in the Theology and Religious Studies department, teaching at different times Christian Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, New Testament, Judaism and Hinduism, mostly in the second and third years of the BA degree.

Research and publications

My research is focused on the religious difficulty in English education in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have published articles on the history of Religious Education and on ethics in book and journal format. I have reviewed extensively in Theological Book Review.

My projected monograph ‘The Emergence of Gladstone’s Moral Monster’ about the origins of undenominational religious education in the school curriculum in the nineteenth century is currently being considered by Sussex Academic Press.

I am also preparing a monograph on Gladstone and the religious difficulty in education from 1833 to 1870, which I hope to finish by 2015. My twentieth-century research is centred on the Catholic Church and the reorganization of its schools in the inter-war period.