David Speirs BA LLB (hons)
College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Theology and Religion
Department: Department of Theology and Religion
Research Centre/Unit: Network for Religion in Public Life
David is a graduate of the University of Bristol holding degrees in Law and Theology & Ministry (First Class Honours) from that institution. His undergraduate dissertation was entitled "Integrity as moral imperative; the continuing role for Judeo-Christian ethics at the heart of government" and was supervised by Reverend Dr Jonathan Pye (Wesley College Bristol).
While at the University of Bristol David served as; the Student Community Action Co-ordinator for the University of Bristol Union, an elected member of Bath and North East Somerset Council, member of the South West Regional Assembly, school governor, member of the University Court and Senior Tutor at Hiatt Baker Hall. He was awarded honourary life membership of the student union for services to volunteering, the MV Award and the Year of the Volunteer Medal presented by the Lord Lieutenant.
David is currently an MPhil/PhD student in the Department of Theology and Religion within the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter. His thesis is examining the concepts of 'liberty' and 'equality' in British Methodist thought from the eighteenth century to the present day. He is supervised by Professor Esther Reed and is supported by the resources at The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History.
In addition to his academic research David also teaches religion and ethics through the widening participation scheme, serves as a Student Community Warden at the University encouraging the integration of students as active citizens and good neighbours in Exeter, and is a Residence Life Team Leader; managing a team of Residence Life Mentors who support and advise students in university accommodation. He also takes regular Sunday church services as a Methodist Lay Preacher in the Exeter, Coast and Country Circuit, and is a Church Steward at Mint Methodist Church in Exeter.