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1st Edition

The Universities We Need
Theological Perspectives

ISBN 9780367881801
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Increasing numbers of young adults go to university. This book explores contemporary understandings of what universities are for, what impact they might be having on their students, and what visions of life and society are driving them. It criticises a narrow view of higher education which focuses on serving the economy. It argues that, for the sake of the common and individual good, universities need to be about forming citizens and societies as well as being an economic resource. It does so in the light of theological perspectives mainly from the Christian but also from the Muslim faith, and has a global as well as a British perspective. It brings together key thinkers in theology and higher education policy - including Rowan Williams, David Ford, Mike Higton, and Peter Scott - to present a unique perspective on institutions which help shape the lives of millions.

Table of Contents


Stephen Heap

Chapter 1: The Needs of the World

Susan Durber

Chapter 2: The Higher Education Policy Framework

Peter Scott

Chapter 3: Education and Citizenship

Rowan Williams

Chapter 4: Education and the Common Good

Suzy Harris

Chapter 5: Education and the Virtues

Mike Higton

Chapter 6: The University as a Place of Public Theology

David Ford

Chapter 7: Insights from Church Foundation Universities

Elizabeth Stuart and Michael Holman

Chapter 8: An Islamic Perspective: What does Islam offer to the Contemporary Debate?

Alison Scott-Baumann and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Chapter 9: The Global Melting Pot of Universities

John Wood

Chapter 10: The Universities we Need

Stephen Heap

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Stephen Heap is a Baptist minister who spent most of his ministry in University Chaplaincy in London and Bedford, where he was also Director of a Christian education centre. From 2008 to 2014 he was the Church of England’s National Higher Education Adviser. He is now a Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, engaged in theological reflection on what it means to be an Anglican University, and has a consultancy role at the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. He is the author of the Grove Booklet ’What are Universities Good For?’ (2012) and various articles on higher education.