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Professor Mike Higton

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43181
Room number: Etchells House 8b
Professor in Theology and Ministry in the Common Awards Team
Telephone: 0191 33 43181

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New book: The Life of Christian Doctrine (Bloomsbury, 2020)

In 1991, at the beginning of the third year of my undergraduate degree, I made a last-minute decision to switch from maths to theology – and I haven’t looked back since. I started my first teaching job in 1999 in Exeter’s Department of Lifelong Learning, overseeing evening classes in theology all over the South West from Truro to Yeovil, and developing distance learning courses. In 2005 I moved over to the Department of Theology, where I taught modern Christian theology and the history of Christian doctrine, and became became Head of Department in 2006. In 2010, I took up a three-year secondment to the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, to develop research programmes bringing together scholars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and helping develop associated public education projects.

My post in Durham is part of the University's Common Awards partnership with the Church of England. I am responsible for academic input into the University's validation of the Common Awards in Theology, Ministry and Mission offered by the Church in colleges and courses around the country, and for developing collaborative research projects that bring together people from the church and university sectors to discuss the future of theological education.

I am married to Hester, a historian of science who now works as a copy editor and proof reader, and have two children, Bridget and Tom.

Research Interests

  • Christian doctrine
  • Christology
  • Postliberal theology
  • Anglican theology
  • Theology of higher education

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Selected Grants

  • 2013: Doctrine after Christendom: The Public Impact of Research in Christian Doctrine (AHRC Networking Grant, PI, £30,000)
  • 2012: Educating for Peace, Engaging the Faiths (Polonsky Foundation, Co-I, £500,000)
  • 2012: Inter-faith Dialogue in the Community (HEIF 5, PI, £22,000)
  • 2011: Online Inter-faith Dialogue Platform (RCUK Digital Economy, PI, £290,000)
  • 2011: Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Theology and the Sciences at the University of Cambridge: Planning Grant (TWCF, Co-I, £40,000)
  • 2011: Religion and the Idea of a Research University (TWCF, Co-I, £500,000)
  • 2006: Exploring Formation for Ministry in a Learning Church (St Luke's College Foundation, PI, £93,000)