Anglia Ruskin academic receives major honour

Published: 19 June 2017 at 12:30

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Dr Zoe Bennett

Dr Zoë Bennett presented with Lanfranc Award by Archbishop of Canterbury

Anglia Ruskin University academic Dr Zoë Bennett has been presented with the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, during a ceremony at Lambeth Palace.

Dr Bennett is Director of Postgraduate Studies in Pastoral Theology for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin and Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology, which is run in close partnership with the Cambridge Theological Federation. She received the award for her “outstanding contribution to theological education in East Anglia and beyond”.

Dr Bennett said:

“I am delighted that through this award our Cambridge Theological Federation-Anglia Ruskin partnership in theological education receives public recognition. My hope is that it will be a beacon of good practice for the Church of England and indeed for other churches and faith communities.”

The award is named after Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1070 to 1089, who was a scholar and teacher. The design of the award, in Fairtrade silver, incorporates an open Bible, the importance of which is explored in Dr Bennett’s latest book In a Glass Darkly.

Dr Bennett’s citation explained:

“For over twenty-five years she has been at the forefront of adult theological education in East Anglia, has pioneered innovative forms of pedagogy and created graduate courses in particular which have transformed the work of clergy and lay people alike in the region and now further afield.

“Her career has been one of championing innovation in curriculum development, with two major graduate programmes, which are entirely her own creation, and a consultative role in the construction of a successful undergraduate programme.

“She has demonstrated experience, organisational and interpersonal skills, intellectual and creative interpretation, and empathetic ability, in ways which rightly earn her the respect, admiration and affection of her colleagues and students.”