About us

The Centre for Faiths and Public Policy (CFPP) exists to promote greater knowledge, understanding and analysis of the relationship between religion and public policy and wider public life in the UK and beyond.

It seeks to achieve its aims by engaging in cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research in this growing and significant field, and by using this research to deliver teaching, consultancy, conferences and other forms of public event.

In this way, the Centre aims to be a platform for a wide variety of approaches, voices and perspectives. It also seeks to be a hub for different types of activity that can contribute positively to resourcing the rich traditions of religion, politics and civil society that already exist in our society but which are also undergoing radical and often perplexing, as well as exciting, change.

The Centre is a partnership enterprise between the University of Chester and the William Temple Foundation. It seeks to build on the extensive research and publication experience, as well as networks, already contained within both institutions in order to become a leading resource within and for the NorthWest of England, the UK, Europe and other global arenas. Its interdisciplinary approach will address and inform audiences within government and public policy, the community and voluntary sector, the faith communities themselves, as well as academic and business institutions.