Antony Luby
Senior Lecturer
School of Teacher Development

Senior Lecturer

Antony Luby currently teaches on the MA in Education programme and also contributes to the PGCE Secondary course. Antony joined Bishop Grosseteste University in August 2014 and is currently studying part-time for a PhD at the University of Glasgow. Antony has a background as an active teacher-researcher and this was recognised by the Research Excellence Framework 2014 when he served as a research impact assessor. He guest edited a special issue of Education Today journal on the theme practitioner enquiry. Antony has been awarded Masters’ degrees from Oxford University (MSc Learning & Teaching – distinction); Aberdeen University (MTh Catholic Studies – commendation); and Strathclyde University (MPhil dissertation Democracy and the Classroom).  He is a Fellow of The College of Teaching and a Chartered Teacher; and he taught religious, moral and philosophical education extensively in secondary schools for thirty years.


Antony’s PhD research focuses on the response of the Catholic Church to secularisation.  He examines a three realm model (i.e. sacred, secular and profane) for the creation of a post-secular society. Antony advocates a Dominican Thomist pedagogy to strengthen the secular realm in order to create a post-secular society. The fieldwork for this research focuses on the development of dialogic skills in religious education for secondary school students with regard to cumulative talk and exploratory talk. Antony recently presented papers on this topic at the annual conferences of the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education (AULRE) in London, September 2015; the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) in Aberdeen, November 2015; and the international conference Christian Faith, Formation and Education, Liverpool, June 2016

Methodologically, he is developing an approach based on professional conversations and Antony will present papers regarding this at two forthcoming conferences – Collaborative Action Research Network (Lincoln) and Cambridge Primary Review Trust (London).

Consultancy and Projects

Antony is developing a regional network for action research with Teaching School Alliances and schools in Humberside, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. He recently organized a highly successful regional conference ‘Evidence-based Approaches to Closing the Gap’ that was held at Bishop Grosseteste University. Antony is a member of the editorial board for the academic journal Education Today produced by The College of Teaching. In the past he has been seconded by Universities Scotland / Higher Education Staff Development Agency / Scottish Higher Education Funding Council as the principal investigator for the national project Accreditation System for the Professional Development of Academic Staff in Higher Education. His subsequent paper ‘Accrediting teaching in higher education: voices crying in the wilderness!’ for the journal Quality Assurance in Education received 2000 Award for Excellence from the Literati Club as the ‘Outstanding Paper’. Antony later served as a Research Fellow for the Learners, Learning and Teaching Network of the Applied Educational Research Scheme: a five year programme funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Recent Publications (last 5 years)

Luby, A. (2016) Professional Conversations for Enhancing Classroom Practices. Education Today 66(3) Autumn 2016 (in press).

Luby, A. (2014). Editorial. Education Today 64(4) 1-2. Special issue themed on practitioner enquiry.

Luby, A. (2014) First Footing Inter Faith Dialogue. Educational Action Research 22(1) 57-72.

Luby, A. (2014) First Footing Inter Faith Dialogue. Educational Action Research 22(1) 57-72.

Luby, A. (2013). Teaching Catholic RE: Through A Looking Glass. REsource: The Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education 35(3) 14-17, Summer 2013.

Luby, A. (2013). Royal College of Teaching and Professional Development: A Scottish Commentary. Education Today 63(1) 33-36, Spring 2013.

Luby, A. (2012). Talking Up Inter-Faith Dialogue. SERA Researching Education Bulletin. [Online] 3:25-28, November 2012.

Luby, A. (2012). Critical realist RE: an evidential Catholic approach. REtoday 30(1) 28-29, Autumn 2012.

Luby, A. (2012) Developing Critical Catholic Pedagogy for Common Schools, Education Today 62(2) 18-23, Summer 2012.

Luby, A. (2011). Politics and the power of research and scholarship for teachers, SERA Researching Education Bulletin [Online] 1:1-3, May 2011.

Luby, A. (2010). Scottish chartered teachers as researchers: collegiality and transformation. Education Today 60(4) 12-16, Winter 2010.

Luby, A. (2010). This Is Our Faith: Evangelization, Confessionalism and Criticality. Journal of Religious Education 58(2) 37-48.