Getting with the Times: Congratulations John Hayward!


Congratulations to our Visiting Research Fellow, Dr. John Hayward, whose research featured in a recent article in the Times newspaper.

The article, "Religious "contagion" rate reveals dying churches", discusses the results of research that uses Mathematical Modelling to predict the decline of various denominations of church. More precisely, John was able to carefully analyse attendance data for each denomination and calculate an "R" number for each (numbers that are naturally used to measure the spread of diseases, e.g. COVID-19). By study these John was able to give precise predictions for long term behaviour.

Read more about the story here.