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Eamonn Elliott is a senior lecturer at Newman University. He is responsible for co-ordinating the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) and teaches Religious Education on Undergraduate & Postgraduate programmes. As part of a national approach to CCRS Eamonn sits on the National Board of Religious Studies and chairs the CCRS Central & South Wales regional group.

During his time at Newman Eamonn has been an external examiner to other universities including the University of Brighton and the University of Glasgow. He completed a ‘Masters in Education & Professional Studies’ at Birmingham University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Eamonn is presently undertaking a doctorate through an EdD at Newman (in partnership with Liverpool Hope University). Having trained as a primary school teacher Eamonn has spent most of his professional life working within Catholic Education and this has continued as a focal point for his doctoral research.


Administrative Responsibilities

Co-ordinator for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Chair for Staff, Student, Consultative, Committee (SSCC)

Contact for the Catholic Network of Catholic Researchers

Chair of the CCRS Regional Group covering central England & South Wales

Member of the national Board of Religious Studies



Teaching is based around the themes of Religious and Catholic Education. This has included looking at key issues facing the world of R.E. and implications this has for teachers (module leader level 5). Taught coursework also includes looking at holistic education through the lens of SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) development in schools (module leader level 6).

As part of the ITE programme Eamonn Elliott leads a module on cross curricular creative approaches with a Year 3 cohort at level 6. Attached to this course is a focus week in school whereby students develop the theme of creativity through a negotiated project.

Eamonn is also involved with the teaching of RE across other areas of ITE including PGCE primary and Schools Direct.

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is a national course comprising of 8 units of work. Six of these are core units and the additional 2 are specialist units dependent on each individual CCRS centre. At Newman University these are focused around Catholic Education (issues, content, sacramental preparation, ethical issues) and these are taught by Eamonn Elliott (level 4).


Research Interests

Current interests are focussed around Catholic Education and in particular the role of non-Catholic teaching staff and the support they provide for the Catholic school system within England.

Other research interests included participation in gathering information on the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies at a local and national level.

Current Research Activity is focussed on the taught doctorate EdD programme at Newman University.

Other Activities

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Conferences and Other Research Activity

Delivery at recent conferences;

  • Newman/Liverpool Hope/St Marys Universities, Annual Doctoral Conference June 2017, Title of paper: The ‘Silent Others’ in Catholic Education
  • Network for Researchers in Catholic Education, Developing Research in Catholic Education September 2017, Title of paper: The ‘Silent Others’ working in Catholic Education. The role of the non-Catholic teacher in support of Catholic School values.

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