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  • Dr Robert Bates

    BA, PGCE, BED, MA, PhD

    Chaplain, Senior Lecturer in Religion and Theology and Senior Lecturer in Primary English

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 488349

    Email: rgbates@brookes.ac.uk



    • U73605 -  Introduction to Theology
    • U73671 -  Theology in Social Context


    • Primary PGCE English

    I also teach several theology distance learning modules.

    I have a special interest in the German Churches in the twentieth century, and in particular in the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I am currently working on a book titled ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Struggle for the German Church’. 

    I am also interested in the concept of ‘conversions’ and the Anglo-Saxons. 

    My doctoral study focused on children’s writing development in the early years of schooling.



    Recent Conference Papers

    • Peake Memorial Lecturer at the Methodist Conference 2009.

    Academic Qualifications

    • BA, History and Theology, University of Leeds;
    • Primary PGCE, University of London Goldsmiths College;
    • BEd, CNNA;
    • MA, Pastoral and Social Theology, University of Manchester;
    • PhD, Children’s Writing Development in the Early Years of Schooling, University of Leeds

    Further information

    I serve as a member of both the Candidates’ Committee and the Probationers’ Committee for the Northampton District of the Methodist Church.