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Warwick professor awarded international accolade for work in religious education

Professor Bob Jackson has become only the 12th recipient of the prestigious William Bob JacksonRainey Harper Award from the Religious Education Association.

The international award is presented to outstanding leaders whose work in other fields has had a profound impact upon religious education.

Professor Jackson is based in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) at the University of Warwick. He also works at the European Wergeland Centre in Oslo. He becomes the 12th recipient of the international award since its launch in 1975, and he joins the ranks of Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Mead and Paulo Freire.

Professor Jackson said: ‘I feel deeply honoured to receive this award from a major American Professional Organisation. It recognises not only my own work, but the enormous amount of research on religion and education in the public sphere conducted by Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit over many years.’

Professor Jackson will travel to Boston to receive the William Rainey Harper Award this November. The William Rainey Harper Award was named after the first President of the University of Chicago, who was the founder of the REA. The Religious Educations Association consists of professors, practitioners and researchers in the field of religious education.

For more information about the award, together with details of previous winners, on the REA website.

Learn more about the work of WRERU on the unit’s website.

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For more information contact Kelly Parkes-Harrison, Press and Communications Manager, University of Warwick,, 02476 150868/, 07824 540863.


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