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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Publication details for Professor Mike Higton

Higton, Mike & Ford, David (2015). Religious Literacy in the Context of Theology and Religious Studies. In Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice. Dinham, Adam & Francis, Matthew Bristol: Policy Press. 39-54.

Author(s) from Durham


‘Theology and Religious Studies’ has become, in the UK, a catch-all phrase for the
academic study of religion. Several universities have a ‘Department of Theology and
Religious Studies’ (Kings College London, Nottingham, Leeds, Chester, Glasgow, and
several others), advocacy for the field is carried out by a body called ‘Theology and
Religious Studies UK’ (TRS UK, formerly the Association of University Departments of
Theology and Religious Studies, or AUDTRS), and in 2000 representatives of British
university departments of divinity, theology, religion, religious studies, biblical studies and
various combinations of those terms met under the auspices of the Quality Assurance
Agency (QAA) and agreed on a ‘benchmarking statement’ for the field using the phrase
‘Theology and Religious Studies’ as their heading.