Press Release

17 November 2011

Dr Robert Beckford has been appointed as Reader in Theology and Religious Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Dr Robert Beckford has been appointed as Reader in Theology and Religious Studies
Dr Robert Beckford has been appointed as Reader in Theology and Religious Studies

Robert brings a wealth of experience to the University having written five academic texts in the field of religion, culture and politics.  He has also presented a number of documentaries for radio and television, including programmes on BBC 2 and BBC 4.  Robert also earned himself a BAFTA for diversity in educational broadcasting for a six part series for BBC Religion (Test of Time 2002).

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Roderick Watkins, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Christ Church, said: “Robert’s passionate commitment to making theological education accessible and transformative is evident in everything he does, from a series of strikingly original and interdisciplinary books to his award-winning documentaries. 

“I am delighted to welcome him to Christ Church, and excited at the prospect of working together.”

Dr Robert Beckford said: “I am very honoured to be appointed to this post and look forward to serving the University and collaborating with my new colleagues.

“Theology and Religious Studies is an exciting department with huge potential.  Equally, I am excited about the prospect of interdisciplinary research with Media Studies and Music departments.” 

Robert is a firm believer in teaching for social change and has retained a commitment to teaching outside of traditional contexts, including community groups, care homes and male prisons.

To date Robert has averaged an impressive two films per year with Channel 4, becoming a regular fixture on prime time television slots of Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

As well as nearing completion of a new book on documentary film and religion, during the past year Robert has collaborated with playwright Kwame Kwe Amah on a radio drama and with his wife, patented children's educational learning aids.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received 'outstanding' grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University's primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94.3 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.

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