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Professional Practice in an Age of Extremism: implications for education and HE

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Online registration has now closed. If you want to attend this event, please email for details of how to register onsite.

Education and educators are increasingly identified as key players in policy initiatives  that seek to address ‘extremism’ and ‘radicalisation’.  New constructs of professional practice are promoted within these policy documents both in terms of education and higher education.  This one day conference interrogates the litany of education and higher education policies that have emerged since 2011 and considers these in the light of debates around values, faith and constructs of professional identity.

09.30 Registration and Coffee

Values, character and how to live well together
Rev’d Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer, The Church of England

 10.45 Discussant, group debate
Professor Trevor Cooling, Director of NICER

Islam in higher education: exploring a politicised field
Professor Alison Scott Baumann, Professor of Society and Belief, Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS

 12.30 Discussant, group debate
Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede Trust
 13.00 Lunch

Liquid Professionalism in an Age of Extremism
Hazel Bryan, Professor of Education, University of Gloucestershire and Dr Lynn Revell, Reader in Religion and Education, Canterbury Christ Church University

 15.00 Discussant, group debate
Professor Vini Lander, Edgehill University
 15.50 Plenary
 16.00 Close of meeting


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA in the current year.