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“Seeing Beyond” – an Educational Symposium

Has education in the UK finally been reduced to the commercialisation of the acquisition of knowledge and skills? Is the emergence of values driven curricula and pedagogy a realistic and sustainable alternative? And what do we really mean by ‘Fundamental British Values’?

Chaplaincy at the University of Portsmouth seeks to make a contribution to this debate in a one day educational symposium on the 28 June 2018. We suggest there is always value in education, if we are prepared to ‘See Beyond’.

If we see beyond our limited perspectives we can discover mutual wisdom which may offer us clearer discernment and deeper fulfilment in our lives and work. Such values can give education greater purpose; enable us to become more fully human; and encourage us to make a more positive ethical impact in our world and society.

Through reflection upon philosophy, the performing arts, the contemplative life, and theology we will explore how education in the 21st century can still be seen as having truly ‘higher’ value and purpose.


Our keynote speakers for the day will be:

  • Mr David Carpenter PhD (Senior Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Portsmouth)
  • Khayaal Theatre Company (Award winning theatre company dedicated to the dramatic exploration of Muslim literature and the experience of Muslims in the modern world for the stage, film, radio and education
  • Rev Dr Jeremy Law DPhil (Reader in Theology, Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Sister Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ PhD (Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology, Heythrop College London)

In addition to the keynote addresses there will be a series of interactive workshops to encourage all attendees to explore some of the issues at greater depth and in a more personal way. We hope to stimulate conversation, mutual learning, and, above all, enable participants to discover useful outcomes for their educational context and practice.

More information and how to book coming soon.

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