Simon Uttley

Adjunct 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 Notre Dame London, Uttley is the visiting full Professor in Catholic Education and one of the founding members of the Centre for Catholic Education, Research and Religious Literacy at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. His academic work centers on the philosophy of education and his current action research involves aligning the work of the Catholic university with UK State-funded Catholic schools. Uttley is a Visiting Lecturer at UCL Institute of Education, London, where he lectures on the professional development of teachers, and also Visiting Lecturer at Dominican University, Chicago. A recipient of the National Professional Qualification in Executive School Leadership, the highest professional award in English schools’ systems’ leadership, he is the Headteacher of a Catholic High School in Reading, England, and an experienced Executive School Leader, providing support to other schools. He is the founder and program director for The Koinonia Group - a network of Catholic schools in England and overseas  committed to collaborative working. 
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 a licensed inspector for Catholic schools across the Hierarchy of England and Wales. 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

2020 ‘License to Swab: School leadership during the Covid pandemic’ The Pastoral Review, July/Aug/Sept 2021 pp. 27-32

‘Forming Catholic school teachers and leaders as ‘missionary disciples’: a view from England and Wales’ in Educatio Catholica – Rome: Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education. 2020 vol 1-2 pp 165-173