By Charlotte Hughes

As part of their 50th anniversary year, on Thursday 13th September 2018 Newman University, Birmingham, will host the annual conference for Network for Researchers in Catholic Education.

The conference, which runs between 9:30am and 5:00pm, will have the theme of 'How can the self-understanding, priorities and work of Catholic educators be enhanced by a critical retrieval of the developing theological heritage?' and will include keynote speakers Professor John Sullivan and Dr Patricia Kieran. 

The Faculty of Education will be joining forces with the Theology subject area at the university to allow for opportunity for critical dialogue on this important topic among those engaged in Catholic education as researchers, practitioners, leaders, or policy makers.

The university also invites submission to present short papers on matters related to Catholic education; papers are particularly welcomed that address the conference theme and in turn presenters are invited to draw upon the developing Christian theological heritage to address issues for Catholic education today.

Abstracts should comprise of no more than 300 words and should be submitted to Dr Sean Whittle – [email protected] by 15th June with full text of the papers submitted by email no later than 31st August if the paper is accepted.

As well as the conference on 13th September, Newman University will be hosting a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday 12th September between 3pm-7pm.

The workshop will be led by Visiting Professor at Newman University, Professor Stephen McKinney, as well as Senior Lecturer in Theology and Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies, Eamonn Elliott. The pre-conference will include a range of workshops and seminars on researching Catholic Education.

The full conference fee is £75, or for those wishing just to attend on 13th September the rate is £65.

There is also a discounted fee for partner schools of Newman University set at £20 per person for the full or one day conference as well for unwaged delegates at £50 per person.

In order to register attendees should visit the Newman University e-store (https://estore.newman.ac.uk) to secure their place.