Conference 2024


Hosted by Newman University, Birmingham

Thursday 20th to Friday 21st June 2024

The conference pack is now available here

RE Futures?

In this year of political change and upheaval, delegates are invited to give serious attention to what we (the RE community) want for the future of RE. Perhaps it is time to move beyond the debates over world-views to give serious thought to what needs to be said to policy makers, school leaders and the wider society about the kind of RE that is needed if our children and young people are to be properly educated. This dialogue is made even more challenging against the recruitment crises where so few are training to become RE teachers.

Our keynote speakers will include Dr Janet Orchard and Professor Bob Bowie. The conference is hosted by NewmanUniversity’s Faculty of Education and Theology subject area to create an open, inclusive, and critically engaging forum for all advocates of Religious Education.

Contributions to the programme

We invite delegates from both our organisations to offer papers and workshops that offer insights and suggestions about what the future of RE needs to be as well as sessions that offer ideas and resources for teaching and supporting RE.

Please submit short paper (15-20 min) or workshop (30-60 min) proposals to the chairs by 15th March. Abstracts for papers should be up to 300 words and sent to Sean Whittle and Alastair Ross by 15th March 2024. Notifications of acceptance will be made by 31st March.
Papers which want to be considered for publication in the JRE need to be submitted in full by the 31st May.


Bookings will be made through the Newman University website. Details will appear soon and we will inform members when this happens. Full conference £175 (£95 day rate). This includes lunch and refreshments on both days. We plan to organise an informal conference meal on Thursday evening, included in the cost.

Delegates need to arrange their own accommodation. Details of affordable overnight accommodation are available on request from

For further information please contact conference organisers, Sean Whittle and Alastair Ross.

Save the date! 

We are delighted to announce that we will be convening joint AULRE and ARIAC conference at Newman University, Birmingham.  

Thursday 20th  – Friday 21st  June 2024, Newman University (Genners Ln, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 3NT) 

The conference will run from 10am (20/06) to 3:30pm (21/06).