The Reverend Sir Ralph Waller is a Methodist Minister who is the Director of the Farmington Institute, which offers scholarships to teachers of Religious Education, Head Teachers in values and standards and to senior members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces in moral and ethical leadership.
He was Principal of Harris Manchester College (1988-2018) and a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (2010 – 2018). He is an Honorary Fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge and is the MacWilliams Fellow in Divinity at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David. He is a trustee of several charitable trusts, including Chair of the Kalisher Trust, Chair of the Westminster College Trust, Chair of St Benet’s Hall Trust, University of Oxford, and Vice-Chair of the Governors of Harris Westminster Sixth Form Academy. He is an Ecumenical Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and a former Chairman of the University of Oxford Faculty of Theology.
Sir Ralph was awarded the UK Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1993 and has nine Honorary Doctorates from universities in the United Kingdom, Europe and America.
He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2018 for his services to education.
His research interests are in the field of Religious Thought in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.