The FiSch Fellows form a voluntary community to promote cross-disciplinary Christian scholarship in the UK. Their activities include writing for the blog, giving talks, research and supporting Christian postgraduate students' groups. We are pleased to hear from anyone who shares the vision and would like to be involved: please contact us!
Eline van Asperen-Smith
Eline did a PhD at the University of York and is now a postdoctoral researcher in palaeo-ecology at Liverpool John Moores University, researching the dynamics of large mammal communities during the Ice Age. Eline has been involved in the Christian postgraduates group in York, encouraging students to consider how their faith affects their studies.
Thom did an MA in philosophy at the University of Sheffield and is now working on a PhD in philosophy of mind and metaphysics at the University of Liverpool. During his masters study he was involved in the Sheffield Postgraduate Christian Forum and he is now part of the Liverpool Postgraduate Christian Forum.
Richard helped set up the Leeds Postgraduate Christian Fellowship during his PhD research in plant ecology. He is now coordinator of Faith-in-Scholarship, a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds and a postdoc on an ISSR project "The New Biology: implications for philosophy, theology and education". He has previously worked in universities in South Africa, Australia and France.
David’s career as a consultant surgeon included senior lectureship at the University of Leeds. Formerly General Secretary of the International Association for Reformed Faith and Action, he has maintained links with Christian scholars in many disciplines around the world.
Mark recently completed his PhD in musicology at the University of York and now enjoys the kind of 'portfolio career' that’s becoming increasingly common for people in the arts.
He lectures in music at York St John University and also works as a piano accompanist, instrumental teacher, ensemble coach and oboist, with other music-related odd jobs popping in from time to time.
Gareth studied environmental science at the University of Liverpool and has a PhD in the philosophy of knowledge-based system from the University of Salford. He is the director of Thinking Faith Network and has twenty years' experience in pioneering small-scale projects in the public, private and charitable sectors.
Alicia is working on a DPhil in English at the University of Oxford, having previous studied at St Catherin's College, Oxford, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Her work focuses on the ideals of prayer in medieval literature for religious recluses, and how these might inform modern reading of medieval texts.
Anthony did his PhD in astronomy at the University of Sussex and then did postdoctoral research on data from the Herschel Space Observatory. He has been involved with groups for Christian postgraduates at both Sussex and York. He now lives in Liverpool with Eline (to whom he’s married), working as a freelance software developer.
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