Professor Clive Marsh



Clive Marsh
Professor Clive Marsh

I am Head of the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning during the 'teach-out' period through to Summer 2020. I am qualified both in theology and education and continue to ply my trade as a scholar of religious and theological studies within the BA Humanities and Arts. There is (genuinely!) little that is more exciting than wrestling, on a cold December evening (though in a warm room, on main campus), with the practical and intellectual challenges of exploring the meaning of life.

For the record, I studied in Bangor, Chicago, Tübingen, Oxford, and the Open University and have been teaching in adult education for nearly thirty years, moving between university and church appointments throughout that time. My main area of expertise - the reason I get invited from outside Leicester to do things - is the field of theology and culture, especially with respect to popular culture and the arts. I explore how theological ideas and beliefs are carried, and how people make meaning with what is available to them - whether or not they call themselves religious. I am then especially interested in what this all means for contemporary Christian theology in the West.


I have examined and assessed new programmes for lots of institutions (Hull, Durham, Winchester, Chichester, Oxford, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Sheffield, City University London and Liverpool Hope) and have lectured on my areas of specialism in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Korea, Sweden, Turkey and the US.


As well as continuing in my part-time role in Leicester during the ‘teach-out’, I am a Research Fellow both at the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK and at Wesley House, Cambridge. I am a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society for the Study of Theology (SST). My most recent books are A Cultural Theology of Salvation (Oxford University Press 2018) and So What’s the Story…?: A Resource Book for Christian Reflection and Practice (DLT 2019), the latter co-written with Barbara Glasson.


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The Future of the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning

The Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester will close its doors in 2020. Staff at the Centre will continue to support existing students through the remainder of their studies.