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 Ruth Flanagan   (nee Harley )

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.

Recent publication:

Flanagan, R. (2018) 'Mission Impossible: training the next generation of RE teachers in 4 hours', RE: Today. 35:2

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

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Research interests

Worldviews and Religious Education

Intercultural communication and education

Research projects

'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


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Publications by category

Publications by year


Flanagan RE (2019). Unlocking reflexivity: is identifying individuals' world views a key for non-specialist teachers of RE?.  Abstract.  Full text.

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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 Maths

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






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