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        Jump to Academy Conferences: Gifted and Talented

        United Kingdom 2019-20 Programme

        Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

        What to Expect on the Day

        These are the most highly respected and popular events for A level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics students in the UK. Academy Conferences has a long-standing partnership with the universities of Oxford and Aberdeen, with professors from both institutions on the programme this year. The opportunity to listen to leading academics is a well-established route to inspire independent learning and improve exam performance and ensures the highest quality provision. Every student will be provided with their own printed copy of bespoke notes to give them the edge in exams. There will also be an opportunity to discuss Oxford and Aberdeen entrance exams and degree courses.

        During the sessions students will be encouraged to contribute, vote on twitter polls and provide feedback. A full debate will take place during the day and students participate.

        Join us on Snapchat – – for your daily philosophical thought of the day, plus access to free resources.


        Download the brochure
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        Julie Arliss

        Julie Arliss

        Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship to study at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a well-known experienced teacher and author. She works closely with exam boards and is perfectly placed to support students in preparation for A level examinations. She is an experienced examiner and also a member of the Religious Studies CPD team for the largest RS ‘A’ level examination board in the UK. Julie has an international reputation for inspiring academic excellence and encouraging students to push the boundaries of knowledge.

        Professor Daphne Hampson

        Professor Daphne Hampson

        Associate, Theology and Religion, Oxford University

        Daphne Hampson trained in Theology at Harvard and is Professor Emerita of Divinity at the University of St Andrews, an Associate of the Department of Theology and Religion at Oxford University and a Life Member at Clare Hall, Cambridge. She has published widely on Post-Christian thought with an emphasis on feminist criticism, combining her commitment to theological realism with an ethical critique of Christian mythology. Her latest work focuses on the role of religion in contemporary Western society, the underrepresented field of Lutheran thought and an exposition on the work of Kierkegaard.

        Professor Keith Ward

        Professor Keith Ward

        Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford University

        Professor Keith Ward is Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the executive Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is currently publishing academic work on the development of Ethical thinking and continues to hold an academic chair at Roehampton University, London. A former President of the World Congress of Faiths and member of the The Board of Social Responsibility for the Church of England; Professor Ward has also written a 5 volume work on ‘Comparative Theology’ which is about inter-faith relations. He is a former Chair of the Governors of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and on the Academic Committee of the Islamic Centre at Oxford.

        Professor Alister McGrath

        Professor Alister McGrath

        Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, Oxford University

        Professor McGrath gained first class honours from Oxford University in Chemistry and first class honours in Theology. He holds an Oxford DPhil for his research in Molecular Biology and a DD from Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology for his work in Historical and Systematic Theology. A former atheist, he has established a reputation as one of the leading apologists for Christianity. Author of Christian Theology, Wiley-Blackwell, Theology: the Basics, Blackwell and The Dawkins Delusion, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Professor McGrath is a modern day ‘great thinker’ and his work is a fundamental ingredient of the study of RS at A Level.

        Professor Tom Greggs

        Professor Tom Greggs

        Marischal Chair, University of Aberdeen

        Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair, (actually a physical chair established in 1616) at the University of Aberdeen. He previously held a chair at the University of Chester. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Scotland, and is an Honorary Professor of Theology at St Mellitus College, London. He has been a visiting research fellow at St John's College, Durham, and College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia.

        He is the author of five major books and is currently the recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. He is in high demand as a speaker and well known for his engaging wit.

        Dr Andrew Pinsent

        Dr Andrew Pinsent

        Dr Andrew Pinsent is a former particle physicist at CERN, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment. He is a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent also has a second doctorate in Philosophy and is currently the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.

        Tour Venues:

        Emmanuel College
        8th November 2019
        Wellington School
        15th November 2019
        Friends' Meeting House
        22nd November 2019
        Emmanuel URC
        29th November 2019
        Bloomsbury Baptist Church
        (please contact the office at headoffice@academy-ltd.com)
        6th December 2019
        Mathematical Institute
        9th December 2019
        Donaghmore, Northern Ireland
        St Joseph's Convent Grammar School
        10th January 2020

        Conference Fees


        lb23 per student. We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact幸运彩票怎么才能下载 for further details.


        lb23 per teacher. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay lb195.


        These events fill quickly but we appreciate that many schools need time to collect money from students.


        Bookings for a conference are usually made by a teacher or other representative from a school, and students attend conference with their school group accompanied by a supervising teacher. The school is invoiced for the number of students and staff attending (if schools require payment from students or parents for attendance, these payments are made to the school).

        Please note that we cannot accept bookings for unaccompanied students, and all students attending are required have a supervising teacher, or parent, with them. This is a workplace health and safety issue, as we do not have the necessary staff to provide supervision of students at the conference, or during meal breaks. [If a school is not attending, and a student from that school wishes to attend independently, they can do so, but they must be accompanied by a supervising adult who is charged at the student rate, and who makes the booking]

        At each event there will be FREE Philosothon training - book now to secure your place for this. More information at

        To book with us fill in your full details below:


        Online bookings (with the exception of unaccompanied teacher bookings) must have at least 4 students. If you wish to make a booking of less than 4 students then please contact the office.

        Essential Viewing!

        Oxford university has launched a YouTube site with FREE new resources designed for use in school. This is the beginning of a major outreach initiative.

        The first three videos are short introductions to the idea of special divine action. The project leader, and commentator in each short video, is Dr Andrew Pinsent, who is Research Director at the IRC in Oxford and a popular speaker for Academy Conferences. He is a former CERN physicist with doctorates in both Particle Physics and Philosophy. He is currently a member of the Theology/Philosophy faculty at Oxford. Click the button to watch a three minute introduction to the topic of miracles. Can they happen? Why should anybody believe that they do?

        Essential Reading!

        You can receive a free electronic copy of "Beyond Matter: Why Science Needs Metaphysics" by Professor Roger Trigg, St Cross College, Oxford. This is an excellent read for those interested in the importance of philosophy for science.

        Please click on the link below to access this book FREE of charge or to order a hard copy.

        Teacher's Residential 2016: Buy the DVD. Click here.
        Buy the t-shirt. Click here.

        Proud to work with…

        AQA Cambridge International Examinations eduqas edexcel Liverpool Hope University OCR Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion

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