The Contested Campus: Christian Students in UK Universities

Kristin Aune, Mathew Guest

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How friendly to faith do UK Christian students perceive their universities to be? This chapter presents new evidence from interviews with 75 Christian students. It finds that most students see their universities as relatively faith-friendly. Provision of campus-based religious activities and freedom of, and respect for, religious expression are important to students. Students who thought their faith was viewed with hostility described the classroom and organised student social activities as areas of tension. Institutional ethos influences Christian students’ perceptions: Christian students view Christian-foundation universities as the most friendly to faith, and the modern ‘post-1992’ universities as the least friendly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and Higher Education in Europe and North America
EditorsKristin Aune, Jacqueline Stevenson
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-3156-2389-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-1386-5295-8, 978-1-1386-5294-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameSociety for Research into Higher Education

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