Staff Profile

Dr Norman Richardson
MBE, PhD, MA(Ed), BEd, Cert.Ed, LGSM

Lecturer in Religious Studies & diversity education (part -time/retired);
Teacher Education
Building: Central Building
Room: M340 1st floor East
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90 384 328


Background & Qualifications

       Certificate in Education from Borough Road College, Isleworth, Middlesex: 1969
       LGSM (Licenciate of the Guildhall School of Music) - Voice (Performer's Diploma): 1979
       B.Ed. from Stranmillis University College: 1983
       M.A.(Ed) from Queen's University Belfast: 1992
       Ph.D. in Education from University of Warwick: 2013
       Kohl International Peace Prize awarded 1989
       MBE awarded 1999
       Professional Experience: Post-Primary Teaching, London (1969-1972) - Post-Primary Teaching, Newtownabbey (1973-1975) - Primary Teaching, Belfast (1977-1983) - Peace Education Officer with the Churches' Peace Education Programme (1983-1994) - Research Associate, Queen's University Belfast (1994-1997) - Religious Studies Lecturer, Stranmillis University College (1997 to the present - semi-retired from September 2014)


BEd Courses / M-Level Courses / Other Teaching :
             Part-time teaching according to need, possibly including the following -
             B.Ed Primary Curriculum Studies: Religious Education (RE) and Personal Development & Mutual Understanding (PDMU)
             B.Ed: Contemporary Christian Traditions in Northern Ireland (post-primary)
             B.Ed: Leadership in Diversity & Mutual Understanding (primary and post-primary Year 4 elective module)
             B.Ed: specialist focus on RE as a Primary curriculum area
             B.Ed Post-Primary Religious Studies: modules on religious diversity (world religions & Christianity)
             Master's Level: occasional supervision of M.Ed dissertations
             External Examiner for the PGCE in Secondary RE at the University of Roehampton Lifelong Learning Courses: religious diversity / choral singing

Scholarship and Research

Recent Publications/Conference Papers
             "Sharing Religious Education: a brief introduction to the possibility of inclusive RE in Northern Ireland", RE Today Services (2014)
             Chapter on Northern Ireland in "Religious Education at Schools in Europe" Vol.2: Western Europe (ed. Rothgangel, Jackson & Jaeggle, 2014)
             PhD programme by previous publication (University of Warwick) on the theme of "Religion, Cultural Diversity and Conflict: Challenging Education in Northern Ireland" (completed 2012)
             Religious Education in Northern Ireland - A Survey of Teachers in Northern Ireland (Stranmillis University college, 2012)
             "Education for Diversity & Mutual Understanding: the experience of Northern Ireland" - Richardson, N. & Gallagher T. (eds) (Peter Lang, 2011)
             "Opting Out of Religious Education: the views of young people from Minority Belief backgrounds" - Mawhinney, Niens, Richardson & Chiba (Queen's University Belfast, 2010)
             "Rights and Religious Education in a Plural Northern Ireland" in 'Rights & Righteousness' ed. D. Tombs (Irish School of Ecumenics / NI Human Rights Commission, 2010)
             Student Teacher Perceptions of Primary Religious Education (paper for 2008 AULRE Conference)
             Laying the Foundations - Citizenship in the primary school (book chapter in "Education for Citizenship & Diversity in Irish Contexts", IPA, 2008)
             Religious Education for Tolerance (web-published in "Studia Kulturowa", University of Gdansk, Poland, 2008)
             Faith Schools and Teacher Education - lessons from Northern Ireland (Journal of Beliefs & Values, April 2008)
             Sharing Religious Education - a brief introduction to the possibility of an inclusive approach to R.E. in Northern Ireland (web-published by Stranmillis University College: Research Resources for R.E.)
             Small World Project: resulting in 2 world religions publications with James Nelson for Key Stage 3 - "Local People, Global Faiths" Books 1 & 2 (2005-6)
             Curricular, Faith and Pastoral Needs of Minority Faith Children in Northern Ireland Schools: The Views of their Parents (basis of conference paper, November 2003)
             Religious Diversity in Northern Ireland - the Responses of Student Teachers (basis for paper to ESAI Conference, April 2003)
             "A Tapestry of Beliefs - Christian Traditions in Northern Ireland" (edited book published by Blackstaff Press, 1998)
             Various other journal articles, book chapters, school texts, etc.
Research Interests
             Religious Diversity in Religious Education
             Inclusive/Intercultural/Shared Approaches to Religious Education
             Withdrawal from Religious Education and its impact on minority faith/ethnic communities
             Mutual Understanding and Diversity in the Curriculum
             Integrated/Shared Education in Northern Ireland
             School Collective Worship and alternatives


       Lecturer in Religious Studies (full-time 1997-2014)
       Member of organising committee for Diversity & Mutual Understanding Programmes (since 1998)
       Musical Director: Strandads male voice ensemble & Stranmillis Staff Chorale

External Interests / Community Service

       Associate Fellow of the Centre for Educational Studies at the University of Warwick (Warwick Religions & Education Research Unit):
       International Seminar on Religion, Education and Values (ISREV) - Member
       Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education (AULRE) - Northern Ireland representative
       European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education (EFTRE) - Northern Ireland representative on EFTRE Board & Editor of EFTRE Journal/Newsletter
       Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum - member of Executive Committee
       Trustee and Executive member of the UK Inter-Faith Network
       Trustee and Board Member of Christian Education (UK)
       Religious Education Advisory Group NI (Member)
       Irish Centre for Religious Education (ICRE) - member of Lecturers' Forum
       BERA (British Educational Research Association) - member
       AAR (American Academy of Religion) - member
       Corrymeela Community - Associate Member