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    Francis joined Edge Hill University in 2003 where he established and led the RE PGCE. In his current role, he is a Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion and teaches across secondary undergraduate and MA provision. He is an active researcher and is leading a project exploring teachers and young people’s understandings of British identity. Prior to joining Edge Hill University Francis taught in secondary schools and held posts as Head of Humanities and Head of RE, Sociology and Philosophy in a North West school.

    Francis has held several external examiner positions, including chief external examiner for providers offering secondary ITE QTS programmes. He has been a PhD supervisor since 2016 and has served as a PhD external examiner. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Education research ethics committee. Francis is the higher education representative of a local SACRE (standing advisory council for religious education). He is a member of NATRE (National association of teachers of RE).

    Francis reviews for the following journals: Gender and Education, British Educational Research journal, Educational Review, Youth and Society.

    Research interests

    • Teacher and learner identities
    • Education policy and policy enactment
    • Equalities, social justice and education
    • Buddhism in Britain
    • Religious education, policy, pedagogy and theory

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Education, EdD, Keele University

    Oct 2005Sep 2012

    Award Date: 3 Sep 2012

    Religious Studies, MA, Lancaster University

    Sep 1986Sep 1987

    Award Date: 1 Sep 1987

    Research Centres

    • International Centre on Racism

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