Ruth Flanagan (nee Harley )
Lecturer in Education, Race Equality Resource Officer (p/t)
+44 (0) 1392 724871
Baring Court BC 107
Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
I have taught at primary, secondary, adult education, undergraduate and post graduate levels. Having lived and worked in India, Russia and Ethiopia my research interests are in intercultural communication, the origins and evolution of worldviews and the significance of these on education throughout the world.
Flanagan, R. (2018) 'Mission Impossible: training the next generation of RE teachers in 4 hours', RE: Today. 35:2
Flanagan, R. (2019) 'Worldviews: what are they and how can we teach them as well as religions?', RE Today, 37:1.
Flanagan, R (2019) ‘Changing the name to ‘Religion and Worldviews’: a dilution or salvation of RE’. RE: ONLINE. Blog http://www.reonline.org.uk/news/changing-the-name-to-religion-and-worldviews-a-dilution-or-salvation-of-re-ruth-flanagan/?id=33754
Flanagan, R. (2019) 'Implementing a Ricoeurian lens to examine the impact of individuals' worldviews on subject content knowledge in RE in England: a theoretical proposition.' British Journal of Religious Education. Available at https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2019.1674779
Wright, K., Whitworth, L. , Lyal, J. , Clinton, C., Flanagan, R and Love, R. (2019) 'Teach: RE Primary - An Introduction'. Oxford: Culham St Gabriel. available on line at
Wright, K., Whitworth, L. , Lyal, J. , Clinton, C., Flanagan, R and Love, R. (2019) 'Toolkit for Primary Religious Education ITT Providers'. Oxford: Culham St Gabriel. Available on line at https://www.teachre.co.uk/itt-providers/primary-itt-tutor-toolkit/
Research group links
Worldviews and Religious Education
Intercultural communication and education
'Building the Future of Primary RE' project 2018-19 funded by Culham St Gabriel and NATRE with Dr Linda Whitworth, Dr Kathryn Wright, Rhiannon Love, Claire Clinton and Juliet Lyall.
'Teach: RE Primary' an introductory course for primary beginner teachers, NQTs and HLTAs
Publications by category
Publications by year
External Engagement and Impact
Education Advisor to the Faith and Belief Forum
Member of the Devon SACRE
I am currently the Subject Lead for Primary Humanities but have taught and led on a range of modules including:
'International perspectives on Inclusive Education', Masters in SEN
Learning for Teaching, undergraduate module
Primary Humanities Pathway
Primary Curriculum Studies
Educational and Professional Studies, Primary: Preparing to teach pupils from BAME backgrounds, British Values, Inclusive Education.
Educational and Professional Studies, Secondary: Prevent and British Values