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Norman’s an Honorary Fellow!

Stranmillis University College recognised Dr Norman Richardson’s outstanding and dedicated service in promoting music and performing arts by making him an Honorary Fellow of the College at a presentation at the staff Christmas dinner by the Chair of the Board of Governors, Professor Sir Desmond Rea.

Norman lectured in Religious Studies at Stranmillis from1997 until 2014. Throughout his career he has been involved in cross-community and interfaith work. This interest has been reflected in his role as Trustee and Membership Secretary of Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum and his involvement with the Corrymeela Community. In 1999 he was awarded the MBE for services to education and the community in Northern Ireland. He has a long and impressive list of research publications which culminated in the awarding of a PhD by publication from the University of Warwick in 2012. He continues to be involved in research projects in the following areas: history, background and pedagogy of RE in Northern Ireland; teachers’, young people’s and public attitudes to religion/belief and RE; religious and ethnic minority perceptions of RE; RE and Human Rights; and ‘collective worship’ in schools.

In addition to all of this, since his official retirement in 2014 he has continued to contribute to the College through part-time lecturing and he makes a significant voluntary contribution to the College community by giving many hours of voluntary service to the Stranmillis, for example by: taking the lead in organising the College’s annual Celebration of Christmas in Words and Music which is one of the highlights of the year; by being a member of the Stranmillis University College Choir; and by directing the Staff Chorale; by arranging and conducting vocal and instrumental music for various groups and ensembles.

Congratulations Norman!

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