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New Communications Officer and Research Bids Co-ordinator Appointed

9 Jul 2018

The William Temple Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr Tim Middleton will be taking over as Communications Officer and Research Bids Co-ordinator at the Foundation from July 2018.

This new, expanded role marks an exciting development for the Foundation as we seek to secure resources for a range of new research ventures.

Tim holds degrees in both theology and science, including a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford, and was previously a Stipendiary Lecturer at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. He is currently a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford, where his research focusses on intersections between eco-theology and strands of contemporary philosophy. Tim currently lives at Ripon College Cuddesdon, where his wife is training for ordained ministry in the Church of England.

Tim brings a wide range of media and research experience to the role. He has written and published on both religion and science, and has previously worked in science journalism—including with the Cambridge University science magazine and the European Geosciences Union. He is also an Associate of the Faraday Institute of Science and Religion, a member of the Society for the Study of Theology, and a regular speaker for God and the Big Bang, a national project which runs conferences for schools on science and religion.

Tim says: ‘I am hugely excited about this opportunity to contribute to the work of the William Temple Foundation. I am particularly inspired by the Foundation’s open and interdisciplinary approach as it seeks to understand the relevance of theology for contemporary society. I hope to be able to build on its excellent communications output and help secure funding for its future projects.’

Commenting on the new appointment, Director of Research Professor Chris Baker says: ‘We are thrilled to be able to welcome Dr Middleton to this vital role for the Foundation’s future. Tim brings with him a huge amount of experience in publishing and social media, as well as a deep intellectual interest in public theology, politics and science which will add enormous value to our research and publications capacity as well.’

The Foundation also wishes to express its heartfelt thanks to outgoing Communications Manager Dr Simon Reader for all of his dedication and hard work.

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