Dr Carolyn King
Programme Leader; Religion, Culture & Society (BA & MA Courses)
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies
Carolyn joined UCLan and the Combined Honours Team in 2003 as the Senior Lecturer responsible for the 1st year cohort. In August 2006, she became the Programme Leader for “Religion, Culture & Society” (RCS). Carolyn developed RCS, both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and leads the teams on BA and MA Awards.
Carolyn’s background is in education and theology; she achieved her teaching certificate and BA Honours awards at the Victoria University of Manchester. She holds postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas in Islamic Studies and Theology and a Masters in Educational Theology awarded by Flinders University, South Australia.
Carolyn studied her Doctorate at Lancaster University. Her PhD focuses on policy and practice in religious education within faith-based and community schools. Carolyn has national and international recognition for scholarly contribution and project work connected with Religion, Culture & Society. She has published widely on the nature of religion and belief systems in direct relation to humanity and human development; the significance of religious literacy to policies such as community cohesion, social inclusion, multicultural value of difference and the undeniable connection of religion and culture to economics, politics and social structures.
Carolyn is also an advocate for engaging young people in religious education in direct relation to the global expansion of inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue taking place. Religion rivals trade as a major influential transnational force globally. Cross-cultural enrichment and engagement with international religious communities will be necessary going forward, and religion culture and society features strongly in preparing young people to be effective in future transnational communication as global citizens.
Currently, Carolyn works in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary Hate Crime Unit and is involved in raising awareness of Hate Crime locally and nationally. She is committed to initiatives and research projects within this area and hopes to continue with this in collaboration with internal and external partners both locally, nationally and internationally. Former research for Education and Social Science, working with Professor Chris Williams, includes a funded European Union project; “Society & Lifestyles” (SAL). Carolyn and Chris researched new religious movements in post-communist countries with the aim of enhancing social harmonisation through knowledge of sub-cultural communities and providing expert advice on new religious movements to SAL partners.
Previous research conducted in South Australia was centred on developing professional and vocational pathway programmes (PVPP) for migrant, ethnic minority and disadvantaged groups. Carolyn worked in partnership with the South Australian Commonwealth and TAFE Institutions where she researched the labour market skills shortages. Within a five year period Carolyn successfully secured government funding for the development and effective delivery of five distinctive PVPP programmes.
- PhD in Educational Research – Religious Education, Lancaster University, 2011
- MA in Education and Theology, Flinders University, SA, 2002
- Post Graduate Diploma in Christian Theology, Flinders University, SA, 1999
- Post Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies, UCLan, 2006
- BA in Professional and Vocational Education, Manchester University, 1997
- Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2011
- Advanced Skills Lecturer Certificates 1 & 2, TAFE SA, 2001 Certificate in Education, Manchester University, 1995
- Harris Award for Innovation and Research, University of Central Lancashire 2006
- University of Central Lancashire Best Academic Advisor 2019-20
- University of Central Lancashire ‘We Heart You’ 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
- University of Central Lancashire Best Personal Tutor 2013-14
- University of Central Lancashire Life Time Achievement 2012-13
- University of Central Lancashire Best Course Team 2012-13
- Carolyn’s research interest is centred in religion, culture and society; particularly the impact of religion on social, political, educational and economical systems and vice versa. She is also involved in promoting religious literacy locally, nationally and internationally and believes there is a direct relationship between lack of religious awareness and social un-rest.
- Carolyn also works with Lancashire Constabulary Hate Crime Unit raising awareness of hate incidents and crime locally, nationally and internationally.
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- Full list of publications and articles on CLoK
- Criminal Justice Partnership, the University of Central Lancashire and partners
- Lancashire BAME Network; Religion & Race, the University of Central Lancashire and partners
- Peace & Justice Network, the University of Central Lancashire and partners
- European Union Project; “Society & Lifestyles” (SAL). Carolyn, working with Professor Chris Williams, researched new religious movements in post-communist countries with the aim of enhancing social harmonisation through knowledge of sub-cultural communities and providing expert advice on new religious movements to SAL partners; 2006-2008
- Harris Research and Innovation Project; Engaging Students at Risk, the University of Central Lancashire 2003-2006 Carolyn researched the impact that repeating a year or entering university through clearing had on students’ through focused groups across the Combined Honours Programme at the University of Central Lancashire . Carolyn’s findings are published in and initial report and then two follow up Journal articles:
- King, C. (2008) Engaging students ‘at risk’: Repeat Year and Clearing Entrants on Stage One of the University of Central Lancashire's Combined and Joint Honours Programme The Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 10 (1) 14-23.
- King, C. (2007) Do students and academic staff perceive and/or experience motivation differently? The Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 9 (3) 6-16.
- King, C. Yates, R. Smiley, C (2006) Engaging Students at Risk: Harris Award: final report, the University of Central Lancashire.
- European Union; 2006-2008: EU Funding € 1 632 667
- Harris Award Grant; Research and Curriculum Innovation :2003-2006: UCLan £2,300
- Carolyn King: ‘Raising Awareness of Hate Crime’, Lancashire Constabulary Hate Crime Unit, UCLan Conference, 2018
- Carolyn King & Mahmood Chandia: ‘HEI’s: Faith Leadership in Contemporary Society’, 2nd International Paulo Freire Conference – Education & Transformative Practice, UCLan Cyprus Campus, Pyla, Cyprus; 2017
- Carolyn King, Jessica Marshall & Sana Chari: Hate Crime Conference; RCS & Sociology, UCLan 2016
- Carolyn King: ‘Nip & Tuck: The Humanities & Social Sciences under the knife’, 17th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens; 2015
- Carolyn King: ‘The Changing Nature of Policy Discourse in Britain: multiculturalism to nationalism’ 15th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens; 2013
- Carolyn King: ‘An evaluative review of evidence on the ‘enactment’ of the non-statutory National Framework Agreement for Religious Education in England and Wales’, 14th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens; 2012
- Carolyn King: 'Religion and citizenship: Is there a conflict inherent within this curricular relationship within faith-based schools?', 13th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens; 2011
- Carolyn King: 'The importance of Religion and Culture within Society', RCS Conference, UCLan; 2010
- Carolyn King: 'Religion & Society', International Conference for Interdisciplinary Social Science Research, Athens; 2009
- Carolyn King: Supporting Religious Diversity in Pluralistic Britain: Sociology Conference, UCLan, UK 2007
- Carolyn King: RCS – Champions of Diversity; Keynote speaker Islamic Conference, UCLan, UK 2007
- Carolyn King: New Religious Movements: Neo Paganism Keynote speaker SAL Project, European Union; Hungary 2007
- Carolyn King: Adult Education & Training; Keynote speaker for South Australian Commonwealth, Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) South Australia 2000, 2001, 2002
- Carolyn King: Valuing the Gift of Skills; Keynote speaker for South Australian Commonwealth, Department of Migration, South Australia: 2000, 2002
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