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School of Policy & Practice


Primary Department
School of Policy & Practice
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
All Hallows
Room Number
Room 4, Dunboyne Wing

Academic biography

Jacqui Wilkinson B.Ed. (hons) M.Litt, MA PhD is a lecturer in the DCU Institute of Education. Her subject area is Religious Education and she is module coordinator for a BEd 1 module - Religions, Ethics, Morals and Values. She also co-ordinates and delivers the Church of Ireland Religious Education Certificate to students studying for the BEd  degree. The Religious Education Certificate course is also delivered on an annual basis to teachers employed in Church of Ireland schools. 

Elected a scholar of Trinity College Dublin on her way to becoming a qualified primary school teacher, Jacqui has taught in a variety of school settings and was the editor and author of Follow Me, an 8 book primary school Religious Education programme taught in schools under the patronage of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church and the Society of Friends.  Jacqui lectured in the Church of Ireland College of Education from 2010 until the date of Incorporation into DCU.

Her lecturing and research interests include curriculum development in Religious Education, the attitudes of children toward Christianity, school assemblies, children's spirituality, and the ethos and role of church schools. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of Leicester in 2022 for her research entitled 'The Ethos of the Church of Ireland primary school : The Student Voice'.  

In July 2023 Jacqui was awarded the title of Visiting Fellow in Anglican Education Studies in Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. There she will be connected with the World Religions and Education Research Unit. 

Jacqui is based in the Church of Ireland Centre (CIC) on All Hallows Campus, DCU and is a member of the DCU School of Policy and Practice.

Research interests

Religious Education Curriculum DevelopmentPlay in Religious EducationEthos in Church SchoolsAttitudes of Children toward ChristianitySpiritual Health of Children