31 August 2020


Welcome to the Department of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester. For applicants who are currently unable to visit the university in person, we offer  this Virtual Visit Day, which includes the following video presentations... It is with great pleasure that we can report that Religions and Theology at Manchester achieved a 100% student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey for 2019-20. We are the only religious studies department with publishable results in the Russell Group, and also within the top 20 such departments listed in the most recent Guardian League Table, to have achieved a 100% satisfaction score... Further information.

03 August 2020

Social responsibility

Supporting young people. Scott Midson is a volunteer for Childline, which is part of the NSPCC and is a free, private and confidential service where anyone in the UK under 19 can talk about any issue they’re going through.

Digital Humanities

Steering committee. Scott Midson is a member of the steering group for the recently established 'Creative & Heritage' committee of the University's Digital Futures initiative. This initiative will explore the transformational impact of digital technologies in the arts, education, community and heritage. Further information.

New publication

Technology and Christian Theology. Scott Midson, ed, Love, Technology and Theology (London: T&T Clark, 2020). Further information.

28 July 2020

Public lecture, All Saints Centre

Christian Theology. Peter Scott gave the Annual Summer School lecture at All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry, entitled 'Political Theologies in the Anthropocene: Thinking Theologically about Ecology in a Lockdown'. 28 July 2020. Further information.

Graduation celebration, 2020

Time to celebrate! The virtual celebration of the successful completion of this year's studies in the Department of Religions and Theology at The University of Manchester took place on Tue 28 July 2020. See Ketan Alder’s tweet and the wonderful poem 'Twenty Twenty Vision' by Alan Williams, specially commissioned for the occasion.  Watch again.

27 July 2020

Event programme, Luther King House

Christian theology. Luther King House is one of our partner institutions and is located in nearby Fallowfield. It represents Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Unitarian traditions. See their programme of activities, including public events such as the Whitley Lecture 2020 entitled 'Finding a Friend: The Baptist Encounter with Judaism' (14 Sept 2020). Further information.

Event programme, Nazarene Theological College

Christian theology. The Nazarene Theological College is one of our partner institutions and is located in nearby Didsbury. Associated with the Church of the Nazarene, which emerged in the nineteenth-century, NTC belongs to the World Methodist Council. See their programme of activities. Further information.

23 July 2020

Course unit selection fair for 2020-21

Now open! Second-year and third-year students have started exploring their course unit options for the coming academic year by watching short video introductions. Please note that the official registration for course units will not take place before the week commencing 24 August. Further information.

Student prizes 2019-20

Undergraduate excellence in Religions & Theology. Congratulations to Georgia Slater for the Bishop Lee Junior Greek Testament Prize for the best examination result in New Testament Greek and also for the Wellington Scholarship for Hellenistic Greek or Greek Testament; Sarah Adams for the Brandon Memorial Prize (Undergraduate) for the best work in Comparative Religious Studies and also for the Philip Alexander Prize in Jewish Studies for the highest undergraduate grade in Jewish studies (dissertation title: 'The Halakhic Question: Defining Jewish Identity in Reform Judaism in the UK'); Laura Curzydlo for the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for Religious Studies (dissertation title: 'Gate No.2 and Beyond: Locating Religion in Gdansk’s Solidarnosc Landmarks'); Victoria Turton (dissertation title: 'Construction of Identity by Means of the Discourse of Homeland: Does Visual Media Help Form South Asian Diasporic Subjectivities and at what Cost?') and Javaria Rajput (dissertation title: 'Rationality Culture and Religion: A Critical Analysis of the Representation and Experiences of Mental Health Amongst UK Pakistani Muslims') share the Dastur Kutar Prize for best undergraduate dissertation in Non-Western religious studies; Alice Berkeley (dissertation title: 'Sacred or Safe? A thematic analysis of the #MosqueMeToo Movement') and Emily Bell (dissertation title: 'A Minority Within A Minority: Are Being Homosexual and Being a 'Good' Muslim Mutually Exclusive in Modern Islam?') share the Religion and Social Responsibility Dissertation Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation in R&T that explores a social or ethical challenge at the intersection of religion and social responsibility.

22 July 2020

Book review

Biblical Studies. 2020 SBL review of Jessica M. Keady, Todd E. Klutz, and C. A. Strine, eds., Scripture as Social Discourse: Social-Scientific Perspectives on Early Jewish and Christian Writings, T&T Clark Biblical Studies (London: T&T Clark, 2018). Further information.

New publication

Holocaust Studies. Hon. Research fellow of the Centre for Jewish Studies: Ion Popa, 'Nationalism, Conspiracy Theories, and Antisemitism in the Transylvanian Greek Catholic Newspaper Dumineca on the Eve of the Holocaust (1936–1940)' in Holocaust and Genocide Studies 34:1 (Spring 2020), 63–79. Further information.

Paper, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute

Holocaust Studies. Hon. Research fellow of the Centre for Jewish Studies: Ion Popa presented a paper entitled 'Experiences of Conversion to Christianity in the Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies' at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Austria. 31 Jan 2020. Further information.