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New Bursaries Available for Religious Education at the University of Worcester

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The University of Worcester has won support to provide a number of new bursaries in a bid to help teachers deliver Religious Education in schools.

The bursaries, provided by the Culham St Gabriel’s and the Keswick Hall Trusts, provide funding for those opting to study on the University’s Religious Education Postgraduate Certificate, leading to the MA Education (Religion and Values).

Worcester is one of only three universities selected to pilot the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust scheme, which provides up to 60% of fees.

The Culham St Gabriel’s Trust supports research, development and innovation in RE. The pilot bursary scheme is aimed at helping teachers and teaching assistants to improve their skills and knowledge through further study. The Keswick Hall Trust has provided additional support for up to 10 teachers to undertake masters-level work in Religious Education.

Dr Stephen Parker, Head of Postgraduate Studies in the University’s Institute of Education, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to offer these bursaries. RE teaching is a highly complex activity. It demands of teachers a sophisticated and deep understanding of religion and its place in society and an open approach to multiple ideas.”

The Postgraduate Certificate in Religious Education is a one year part time course, designed to give professionals the opportunity reflect on current practice, build teaching skills, and deepen their subject knowledge of RE.

For more information about the bursaries contact Alison Clarke, CPD Co-ordinator with the University’s Institute of Education, on 01905 855056 or email a.clarke@worc.ac.uk

For information on all courses at University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk