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Dr Tania ap Siôn

Tania ap Siôn BA (Oxon), MA (Oxon), MA (Wales), PGCE (Wales), PhD (Warwick)

Associate Professor in Education and the Social Significance of Religion
Centre for Education Studies
University of Warwick
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Tania ap Siôn is Associate Professor in Education and the Social Significance of Religion in the Centre fro Education Studies and she is located in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit. She is also Executive Director of the St Mary's Research centre for Religion and Education in Wales.

Prior to her current positions, Tania was a lecturer of Religious Education in the School of Education at Bangor University, contributing to the primary BEd and PGCE programmes and coordinating the secondary PGCE programme. In addition, she was a lecturer in World Religions in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Bangor University, teaching World Religions.

Tania is a member of a number of organisations, including:

  • The Rural Theology Association (2011-present)
  • The Wales Association of Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (WASACRE). Executive member (2007-present), Secretary (2009-2013), Chair (2013-2015)
  • The National Advisory Panel for Religious Education (NAPfRE) (2005-present)
  • Standing Advisory Councils for RE (SACREs) for the Local Authorities of Wrexham, Denbighshire, and Conwy (2004-present)
  • Religious Education Council for England and Wales (2009-present)
  • Inter-European Commission on Church and School. Board member (2010-present), Wales Correspondent (2010-present), Secretary (2013-present)
  • Member of the Network of Psychological Type and Christian Faith (2006-present). Secretary (2006-present)

Tania is also a member of the following academic bodies:

  • International Society of Empirical Research in Theology (ISERT)

    International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV)

    Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)

    International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR)

Research interests

Tania’s research embraces a number of disciplines and areas, including: empirical theology, religious education, psychology of religion, Christian education, the study of prayer and sacred space, and religious experience.

Her research employs mainly qualitative research methods.

Curriculum development interests

Tania is also involved in the development of classroom resources for religious education, including resources commissioned by the Welsh Government. She is currently working on four curriculum development projects: Story books and Active Learning (Foundation Phase), Popular Themes in RE (Foundation Phase), Welsh Pathways in RE (Key Stage 2), and Online Journal for A-level RS.

She has also created resources for the Teddy Horsley website for 3-7 year olds (

Full list of publications