Making links with universities

Making link with universities

Making links with a university Religious Studies department can have enormous benefits for you and for your students. Below are details of universities who work with schools. Some of them run student events in university, some send undergraduate and postgraduate students to work with schools, some offer teacher subject knowledge support.

Why not contact them and see how you can develop a partnership?

Name of University Website

Summary of activities
for schools

Further information
Leeds Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
  • Community Religions Project - online teaching resource on religion in Leeds https://arts.leeds.ac.uk/crp/
'We're very interested in co-operating with schools to design conferences and subject days relevant to schools. We have particular strengths in philosophy of religion, including non-Western religion; in the study of minority religious communities; and in religion & politics/ religion and the state'.
University of Cambridge Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • GCSE conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
Lancaster University Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • A level conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
  • Creating teaching resources
University of Chester Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • A level conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
The University of Manchester Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • A level conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
Aston University Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • Hosting school visits
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
University of Exeter Visit website
  • A level conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
'This is an area we intend to develop in future and we may be able to diversify into offering school visits by undergraduates in due course'.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • A level conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
'Welsh medium provision also available'.
York St John University Visit website
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
'The Department works closely with Student Recruitment on the School Visits and/or Subject Taster Days that are part of a scheduled programme, but also to arrange events on an individual basis if necessary'.
The University of Edinburgh Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
  • Open Days and Post Offer Visit Days
'We are part of TRS-UK that is promoting further links between schools and universities'.
University of Chichester Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
Canterbury Christ Church University Visit website
  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
'We work closely with colleagues in RE at the University to encourage students to consider teacher training and and keep in touch with many of our alumni who teach RE'.
University of Aberdeen Visit website
  • GCSE conferences
  • A level conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
  • Gifted and Talented Conference days
'We will soon be developing a series of resources for A-level students. Please contact Professor Tom Greggs about this. We hope the first set of resources will be produced within the next six weeks'.
University of Worcester Visit website
  • A level conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Hosting school visits
'We are hoping to start a NATRE hub in Worcestershire which will be a partnership between University and local RE secondary RE departments'.

University of Birmingham

Visit website

  • Undergraduates visiting school
  • GCSE conferences
  • A level conferences
  • Lecturers or post-graduates visiting schools
  • Teacher subject knowledge conferences
'The Department is very happy to arrange for individual campus visits, in addition to our programmes for university open days and applicant days. We are keen to develop opportunities for conferences and day visits based on school curriculum, and to work in partnership with schools to share expertise and work toward common goals and interests.'

Promoting RS at university and as a career

RE Teaching - Beyond the Ordinary Updated Jan 2017

This PPT can be used with undergraduates and graduates to promote RE teaching. It gives a summary of the benefits of teaching RE, funding and support and links to the Beyond the Ordinary film.

RE Teaching - Beyond the Ordinary Updated Jan 2017

Beyond the Ordinary update 2017

This document gives a summary of the latest phase of the project and impact in 2016-17. There are suggestions made about how to promote the key campaign messages.

Beyond the Ordinary update Autumn 2017

Promoting the teaching of RE with undergraduates

This short article gives an account of how a secondary school in Cambridge promoted the teaching of RE through the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. It provides a possible template for other university departments to consider.

Promoting the teaching of RE to undergraduates

Theology Taster Day Article

This short article was written by a secondary school pupil about how a school and university are working together to promote theology as a degree course.

Theology Taster Day article

Supporting ITT applications, especially subject knowledge enhancement

Slideshow ITT

This PPT can be used to promote the TeachRE course with undergraduates and graduates who want to boost their subject knowledge before and/or during a PGCE or other QTS programme. It provides a summary of the TeachRE Subject Knowledge course and how to apply.

Slideshow 2017 ITT PPT

Introduction Trainee Handbook Subject Knowledge

This is the handbook given to TeachRE trainees when they begin the course. This could be given to students when you show the Slideshow about the TeachRE Course, or given to students who feel they need a subject knowledge enhancement programme in order to apply for teacher training.

Introduction Trainee Handbook Subject Knowledge 2017

If you are interested in adding your university or updating any of the information to the table above please complete this form or email mubina@natre.org.uk.