Bishop Grosseteste University Vice Chancellor
Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil
The Rev Canon Professor Peter Neil was born on the Isle of Bute on the West coast of Scotland. He studied German and French at the University of Edinburgh and trained as a secondary teacher of Modern Languages at Jordanhill College of Education (now Strathclyde University) and Glasgow University. He later gained an MEd from Edinburgh.
He worked as a teacher of modern languages in Scotland before moving to Belfast where he became lecturer and senior lecturer in Education at Queen’s University Belfast. Whilst at Queen’s he established the Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (NICILT), was responsible for the PGCE secondary course and introduced masters’ courses and CPD for language teachers across Northern Ireland. He also completed a PhD in Education and began studying theology, gaining an MDiv from Union Theological College; he particularly enjoyed the challenge of learning Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Syriac in the context of his theological study.
In 2003 he took up post as director of Education and Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University and was responsible for managing a merged School which included the degree through the medium of Welsh, teacher Education courses, a diverse portfolio of lifelong learning courses and a centre for educational studies which produced materials for the Welsh‐medium school sector. In Aberystwyth he learned enough Welsh to communicate and was accepted for the priesthood in the Church in Wales, training at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, Cardiff.
He was ordained in St David’s Cathedral and served in three parishes in mid‐Wales as Assistant Curate. During this time he completed an MPhil in Theology at Cardiff University in ordinary theology, researching in the context of local rural churches. He returned to his native Scotland as Head of the School of Education and latterly as interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Sciences in the University of the West of Scotland.
He has written books on Language Teaching, CPD and teacher mentoring and has researched various topics ranging from language education, self‐evaluation, school leadership and ordinary theology, publishing in peer‐refereed journals and speaking at international conferences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently Chair of the University Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) and Govenor of the Europe Chapter of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC).
He served with the Scottish Episcopal Church as Assistant Priest in three parishes within the South Ayrshire Team. He is continuing research in theology at the St Mary’s and St Giles’ Centre, Wales and is currently visiting professor at Glyndŵr University.
He was installed as Canon in Lincoln Cathedral and Prebyndery of Dunholme in Newport.