The Federation is delighted to announce that our Director of Taught Programmes, Dr Elizabeth Burns, has been promoted to Reader in Philosophy of Religion at Heythrop College, London, where she also holds an appointment. Elizabeth divides her time between the Federation and Heythrop, bringing her deep subject knowledge and expertise in the teaching of theology to both posts. She has served as Director of Taught Programmes with the Federation since January 2016 and works closely with Directors of Studies, Section Heads and Module Leaders to ensure quality in teaching and learning.

Elizabeth completed her doctoral studies at Queens’ College, Cambridge in 1995. Her thesis focused on the work of Don Cupitt and Iris Murdoch and she has since published a number of articles on the philosophy of Iris Murdoch. Her article, ‘Images of Reality: Iris Murdoch’s Five Ways from Art to Religion’ (Religions, 2015) was featured on the publisher’s blog in their selection of highly-rated papers and she has just completed a contribution on the Philosophy of Religion to the Routledge series What is this thing called …? which will be published in September 2017.

In addition to her qualifications in theology, Elizabeth holds a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education from the University of Suffolk, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Congratulations, Elizabeth!