United Kingdom 2017-18 Programme

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

What to Expect on the Day

This is a day for bright ambitious students who are interested in ideas. The best way to stretch clever youngsters is to give them a solid platform from which key questions and big ideas can be explored. This year the focus will be on philosophy and will include some basic principles for clear thinking as well as an introduction to philosophy of science with a former CERN physicist from Oxford University. Students will spend the day with like-minded youngsters all keen to reach the ceiling of their ability and share ideas. Experienced gifted educator, Julie Arliss and lecturers from Oxford University, Aberdeen University and London University will stretch and challenge your students. This is a unique, not to be missed, opportunity for your students.

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Tour Venues:

Oxford University Mathematical Institute
8th December 2017
Liverpool Hope University
11th December 2017
Emmanuel URC
19th January 2018
Bloomsbury Baptist Church
26th January 2018
Friends Meeting House
2nd February 2018
King's College
8th February 2018


Julie Arliss

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship to study at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a well-known experienced teacher and author. She works closely with exam boards and is perfectly placed to support students in preparation for A level examinations. She is an experienced examiner and also a member of the Religious Studies CPD team for the largest RS ‘A’ level examination board in the UK. Julie has an international reputation for inspiring academic excellence and encouraging students to push the boundaries of knowledge.

Professor Keith Ward

Professor Keith Ward

Professor Keith Ward is Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the executive Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is currently publishing academic work on the development of Ethical thinking and holds an academic chair at Heythrop College, London.

Dr Tim Mawson

Dr Tim Mawson is a hugely popular lecturer and tutor at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He has a witty engaging style that accelerates students’ insight and understanding with gritty intellectual challenges. He was educated at St Peter’s College and then at The Queen’s College, in Oxford. He held a number of temporary lectureships in Oxford before returning to St Peter’s, Oxford, in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows. He is Secretary to the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.

Dr John Frye

Dr John Frye

Dr John Frye has just completed both text books for the new specification for AQA. He is possibly the most experienced examiner in the country and is relied upon by a number of exam boards for his highly skilled approach to paper development and testing. He continues to teach ‘A’ level and is therefore quite uniquely placed to offer genuine knowledge of A level in a fast-paced accessible style. He has an awesome intellect and engages students with his dry light-hearted wit. His talks are always perfectly pitched and encourage an expansive attitude to knowledge.

Arrival and registration

From 9.30am. The program begins promptly at 10.00am and concludes at 3.15pm.

Note: times for London conference as follows - 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 3.45pm finish.

Conference Fees


A fixed fee of £23 if paid prior to conference. We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details.


A fixed fee of £23. One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195.


These events fill quickly but we appreciate that many schools need time to collect money from students. Please book online and pay a deposit of £70 to secure your places. Your deposit will be off-set against your final invoice total when paid before conference. The deposit is non-refundable if payment of the invoice total is not met, or if payment is received after conference.


Bookings for a conference are usually made by a teacher or other representative from a school, and students attend conference with their school group accompanied by a supervising teacher. The school is invoiced for the number of students and staff attending (if schools require payment from students or parents for attendance, these payments are made to the school).

Please note that we cannot accept bookings for unaccompanied students, and all students attending are required have a supervising teacher, or parent, with them. This is a workplace health and safety issue, as we do not have the necessary staff to provide supervision of students at the conference, or during meal breaks. [If a school is not attending, and a student from that school wishes to attend independently, they can do so, but they must be accompanied by a supervising adult who is charged at the student rate, and who makes the booking]

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