Professor Trevor Cooling

Professor of Christian Education and Director of the National Institute for Christian Education Research - Canterbury Christ Church University

Trevor started his career teaching Science at Banbury Comprehensive School, following a degree in science and education from Cambridge University. After two years at Banbury, he married Margaret and together they went to the London Bible College, now London School of Theology. Trevor then taught RE at Aylesbury Grammar School while studying for his MA in RE.

From there he went to work at the Stapleford Centre in Nottingham for 18 years, while gaining his PhD in RE from the University of Birmingham. He led a variety of projects at Stapleford, including developing distance learning courses for Christian teachers, validated by the University of Nottingham, and setting up The Stapleford Project; a curriculum development project for teaching Christianity in schools. 

From Stapleford, Trevor went as a Principal Lecturer to the University of Gloucestershire, and then to the Diocese of Gloucester as Secondary Schools Adviser. He returned to the Stapleford Centre to lead the ‘Transforming Lives’ project and is now Professor of Christian Education and Director of the National Institute for Christian Education Research at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Lecture titles

  • School Religious Education
  • The Distinctively Christian Contribution to Education
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