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UCEA and University of Chester students work together to explore religion - 09/02/2018

A series of workshops have taken place for students to look deeper into the role religion plays in the world today. 

Students studying Religious Studies at the University of Chester and Dr James Holt, a Lecturer at the University, attended the workshops at UCEA this term.  

A wide range of topics have been up for discussion including Creation, Utilitarianism and Medical Ethics, Buddhism, Neitszche, Euthanasia, Evil and Suffering. Two sessions have already taken place and, from the student’s evaluations, many expressed that they would like the opportunity to develop these even further going forward, demonstrating the success of the collaboration.

Mr Shelton, Head of Religious Studies at UCEA, said: “Religion is all around us in today’s world, and it is important to have our students think about the impact that it has on them, our society and their potential world of work. This was a culmination of over six months planning and all of the students in attendance said they learnt new things during these sessions. 

“I was thrilled to welcome Dr James Holt and the students from the University of Chester. The messages that they brought, and the way that they created engaging activities inspired our students to go away and research topics more thoroughly. It also encouraged our students to think about their own beliefs and ethics, and how their opinions are often shaped by the wider world.” 

Nicole Ewin, a Year 12 student, said: “There were some very good debates and the session was really useful. I enjoyed learning new things and I hope we can work with the University students again.” 

Demi Shone, Year 12, also said: “I enjoyed learning about the Buddhism session, this is of particular interest to me and the session was really well led.”