Richard Walton

About Richard

As an undergraduate Richard read Physics at the University of Manchester followed by secondary teacher training as a Physics teacher. He subsequently obtained an MEd in Philosophy, Education and Curriculum from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Education from the University of Leeds where his research interest was in developing the psychological and philosophical foundations underpinning the learning of adults and children in informal situations. Prior to his retirement, he worked for at Sheffield Hallam University as Reader in Education directing its regional work in STEM education. Richard trained for Ordination on the Northern Ordination Course and holds and MA in Theology and Pastoral Studies from Leeds University; his dissertation looked at the 20th Century French Neo Thomists. Richard is Priest in charge of two parishes: St Helen Burghwallis and St Mary Magdalene, Campsall. He is an Assistant DDO in the Sheffield Diocese and adviser for Self-supporting ministry. Richard is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



  • Walton, R.J. (2006) Science and Society in Sharp, J, Ward, S., Hankin, L., (2006) Education Studies: An Issue Based Approach, Poole: Learning Matters (2nd Edition 2009) Ch.9
  • Walton, R.J. (2008) EU-Train Project Final Report (September 2008), SOCRATES Programme Evaluation Comenius 2.1 Action (Training of School Education Staff)
  • Walton, R.J. & Bevins, S.C. (eds.) (2009) Denholm, A., Teaching Science to Parents: improving the achievement and engagement of children, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University Papers in Education
  • Mannion, K., Walton, R.J., Carpenter, J., (2009, 2010) Reports on National Big Bang Event 2009 and 2010: Engineering UK.
  • Walton, R.J. (2010) From Formal to Informal: Researching STEM in Informal Settings, Inaugural meeting of the Netherlands Education Research Association Informal Learning Group, University of Amsterdam, January 2010
  • Walton, R.J. (2010) ‘Science Progression into HE; are we training the right teachers?’ Science Community Representing Education (SCORE) Annual Conference 2010, Royal Society, February 2010
  • Walton, R.J. (2011) The Psychological and Pedagogical background to teaching Science to the General Public Research Colloquium: Department of Natural Sciences Matej Bel University Slovak Republic
  • Walton, R.J. (2011) Jacques Maritain and Etienne Gilson - two French Neo Thomists - the response to modernism in the Roman Catholic Church., Research Seminar: Department of Philosophy, Trnava University, Slovak Republic
  • Mannion, K., Walton. R.J., Eaton, D., Byrne, E., Brodie, M., Cater, S., (2012) Engineering Science: A progress Report for the Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust


Research and Supervision Interests

  • Intergenerational learning
  • Science and Faith
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Religion