Simon Uttley

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area of expertise

Philosophy of education. Catholic teaching on education. The philosophies of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida and Bernard Lonergan. Educational leadership.

Courses taught

Catholic Education and the Common Good


Uttley read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford before undertaking a Master’s program in the economics of education at University College London, Institute of Education. His Doctoral thesis examined authenticity in education through the lens of the works of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida and Bernard Lonergan. In addition to designing and teaching Catholic Education and the Common Good at the University of Notre Dame, London Global Gateway, Uttley is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Research and Innovation at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. His current research is in deepening the relationship between the university and the school. Uttley is a Visiting Lecturer at the Akademia Ignatianum, Krakow, Poland where he lectures on the philosophy of education. He is also visiting distinguished scholar at Dominican University, Chicago. A recipient of the National Professional Qualification in Executive School Leadership, the highest professional award in systems’ leadership, he is the Headteacher of a Catholic High School in Reading, England, and an Executive School Leader, providing support to other schools. His recent research, speaking and writing, has addressed the pernicious effect of ‘post-truth’ on the young. A founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers, in addition to holding a Fellowship with the UK Higher Education Academy, he is Chair of the Bishop’s Steering Group for Education, Diocese of Portsmouth, England. He is the co-Founder and co-Chair of the Eastern Slovakia Education Conference.


'Challenges facing Catholic Secondary Headteachers in a Contemporary Context’ in Lydon, J. [ed.] Contemporary perspectives on Catholic Education [2018] Leominster: Gracewing

‘Post tolerance, post-truth and fake news: a blight on the young?’ [2018] The Pastoral Review pp. 4-9

Rebel With a Cause: Sebastian Wolff – monk, musician, pastor’ Hamburg: Tredition [2018]

‘Cor ad Cor Loquitor: a report into support and collaboration between maintained English Catholic schools and the role of the Catholic Higher Education Institution: distinctiveness, impact and challenge’ Research and Innovation [2019] London: St Mary’s University