A study of faith and belief societies in British universities. (Upcoming)
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Theos, in partnership with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, are proposing a project that will conduct and disseminate new research and analysis about the place of faith and belief on university campuses. It will propose ways in which religious belief and commitment should be understood and fostered on campus and, by implication, in wider society.
A quantitative mapping exercise of faith and belief societies across British universities will be followed by interviews and observations in five case study universities. This research will be used to answer the following questions:
1. What role do faith and belief communities play on campus? Who are the members, how do they work and how do they relate to other university bodies and services?
2. How do these societies address key issues including religious identity, campaigning, and ensuring free speech?
3. How effective are they and what can be learnt in terms of better using them to create more cohesive campuses?