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Research Fellow, Faith Schooling: Principles & Policies, University of Warwick

Ruth Wareham is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Spencer Foundation funded project, 'Faith Schooling: Principles and Policies' at the University of Warwick, UK (details of the project can be found here:

She was recently awarded a PhD in the philosophy of education from the University of Birmingham for a thesis entitled: 'Prohibition, Accommodation or Transformation? A Philosophical Investigation into the Moral Permissibility of Faith Schools in Liberal Democratic Societies'.

Ruth's academic background is in philosophy (BA and MPhil), but she also holds a PGCE in primary education and, prior to moving into academia, worked as a primary teacher in Birmingham and the West Midlands for six years.

She taught on an undergraduate philosophy of education programme at the University of Birmingham for four years and has a wide range of research interests in the field. These include (but are not limited to) religious education, religious schooling, indoctrination, citizenship education, politics and education, liberal theory, moral education, private education and selective education.


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Warwick


  • 2017 
    University of Birmingham, PhD Philosophy
  • 2005 
    University of Nottingham, PGCE (SCITT)
  • 2004 
    University of Birmingham, Masters in Philosophy
  • 2002 
    University of Birmingham, BA (hons) in Philosophy

Professional Memberships

  • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain