Prof. John Sullivan


John Sullivan has had substantial teaching and leadership experience in the school sector (classroom teacher through to LEA Chief Inspector). He undertakes ongoing work with church groups on aspects of adult faith development, and extensive work in continuing professional development and consultancy. He was given an award (2001) by the National Catholic Educational Association (USA) for ‘outstanding contribution to Catholic teacher formation and development.’ He has served as external Examiner for PhD and EdD theses at Australian Catholic University, Birmingham, Keele, Southampton, Canterbury Christ Church universities, Kings College London, and University College London/Institute of Education. He has supervised eleven PhD students to completion.   

 Research Interests

  • Catholic philosophy of education
  • Relationship between theology and education
  • Spirituality and scholarship
  • Christian education 
  • Catholic intellectual tradition. 
  • Communicating Christian faith within the faith community and in public sphere
  • Religious thought of Maurice Blondel (1861–1949)

Membership of Professional Organisations 

  • Editorial advisory board for International Studies in Catholic Education
  • Editorial advisory board for Journal of Religious Education
  • Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of steering group for Network of Researchers in Catholic Education


Catholic Education: Distinctive and Inclusive (2001)
Learning the Language of Faith (2010)

The Christian Academic in Higher Education: The Consecration of Learning (2018)

The Idea of a Christian University (Editor, 2004)
Dancing on the Edge: Chaplaincy, Church and Higher Education (Editor, 2007)
Communicating Faith (Editor, 2011)
Education in a Catholic Perspective (Editor, 2013).


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