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Project Findings


The CUE project findings are published in a number of publications, some already available, others planned for the near future. As more become available, more information will be posted on this site.

Current publications include the following:

Mathew Guest, "Multiple Universities, Multiple Christianities?", blogpost on the Religion and the Idea of a University Website (Feb 12th 2013).

Sonya Sharma and Mathew Guest, "Navigating religion between university and home: Christian students’ experiences in English universities", Social and Cultural Geography, vol. 14, no. 1 (2013), pp. 59-79.

Mathew Guest, Sonya Sharma, Kristin Aune and Rob Warner, "Challenging 'Belief' and the Evangelical Bias: Student Christianity in English Universities”, Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 28, no. 2 (2013), pp. 207-223.

Mathew Guest, "Religion and the Cultures of Higher Education: Student Christianity in the UK", in Lori G. Beaman and Leo Van Arragon (eds) Issues in Religion and Education: Whose Religion? Leiden: Brill, 2015, pp. 346-366.

Kristin Aune, "Faith and the University Experience in the UK", Occasional Papers on Faith in Higher Education, a joint publication of Whitelands College, University of Roehampton and Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, No. 1 April 2015, pp. 43-61.

Mathew Guest, “From Jevons to Collini (via Douglas Davies): Reflections on Higher Education and Religious Identity”, in Guest, M. and ed. with Middlemiss-Le Mon, M. (eds) Death, Life and Laughter: Essays on Religion in Honour of Douglas Davies, London: Routledge, 2017, pp. 201-220.

Kristin Aune and Mathew Guest, “The Contested Campus: Christian Students in UK Universities”, in K. Aune and J. Stevenson (eds) Religion and Higher Education in Europe and North America, London: Routledge, 2017, pp. 71-89.

A major volume based on the project findings is now available from Bloomsbury.

Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith

by Mathew Guest, Kristin Aune, Sonya Sharma and Rob Warner.

Bloomsbury Publishers, October 2013.

ISBN: 9781780937847

What impact does the experience of university have on Christian students? Are universities a force for secularisation? Is student faith enduring, or a passing phase? Universities are often associated with a sceptical attitude towards religion. Many assume that academic study leads students away from any existing religious convictions, heightening the appeal of a rationalist secularism increasingly dominant in wider society. And yet Christianity remains highly visible on university campuses and continues to be a prominent identity marker in the lives of many students.

Analysing over 4,000 responses to a national survey of students and nearly 100 interviews with students and those working with them, this book examines Christianity in universities across England. It explores the beliefs, values and practices of Christian students. It reveals how the university experience influences their Christian identities, and the influence Christian students have upon university life.

Christianity and the University Experience makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the survival and evolution of religion in the contemporary world. It offers fresh insights relevant to those working with Christian students, including churches, chaplaincies and student organisations, as well as policy-makers and university managers interested in the significance of religion for education, social responsibility and social cohesion.

Available to order online via the Bloomsbury website, in paperback, hardback, and e-editions.