Bishop of Kingston fellowship will bring wealth of knowledge to students

The Bishop of Kingston is to become the latest fellow of the University of Roehampton’s Whitelands College, bringing a wealth of educational and theological experience to students.

Posted: 3 October 2014

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The Bishop of Kingston, Richard Cheetham, who has become a fellow of the University's Whitelands College

Bishop Richard Cheetham, who is based in Raynes Park, is responsible for the Kingston Episcopal Area, which includes the University. He has had a long-standing relationship with Roehampton, having served on its Council from 2006 to 2012, and has become a Whitelands Professorial Fellow in Christian Theology and Contemporary Issues.

The decision to appoint the Bishop as a fellow means students studying theology and other related degrees at the University will have the opportunity to be taught by him, learning from one of the most senior clerics in London.

Rev Dr Mark Garner, Head of Whitelands College said: "Bishop Richard Cheetham has wide experience in education. He was a physics teacher, working in a large comprehensive in North Yorkshire and at Eton College before he was ordained and has a fine record of research, particularly into the place of collective worship in schools and into the relationship between science and religion.

“He is also Chair of Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, which supports the work of 106 Church of England schools and chaplaincy in further and higher education across the Diocese of Southwark. His contribution to teaching across a range of courses will be of great benefit to students, and his participation in research and scholarship at Whitelands will enhance the college’s growing reputation as a focal point for the exploration of the role of religious faith in higher education.”

The appointment recognises the Bishop’s contribution to the development of an Anglican ethos at Whitelands, and will strengthen links between the college and the Church of England. Whitelands was originally established by the Anglican Church as a teacher training organisation in 1841 before becoming part of the University a decade ago.

Bishop Richard has carried out extensive doctoral level research into primary and secondary education, and has recently studied the relationship between science and theology and its implications for education in the UK and United States.

Bishop Richard said: “It is a tremendous honour to be appointed as a Professorial Fellow in the exciting intellectual and educational environment of the University of Roehampton with its unique ethos embracing its four founding colleges including Whitelands. In today’s plural world this provides a fruitful context for creative exploration of today’s major issues in a way which embraces many perspectives.

“I hope to contribute to these debates, drawing on the rich resources of Christian theology and the Anglican tradition, using them in particular to explore issues of theology and science; living well together in a context of many world views, both religious and secular; and of justice, poverty, the environment and climate change.”

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