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Current news

Doctoral Students (Phd and EdD)

New cohort of Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD)
A new cohort of the EdD is being recruited for an October 2015 start. The degree consists of two parts with four taught modules in part 1 and a supervised process of research leading to a 60-word thesis in part 2.

Annual Geography Education conference
10 June 2015

Mark Jones – Annual Geography conference at UWE Bristol 10 June 2015. Of regional importance and attracts secondary school geography teachers, PGCE students and undergraduates from across region – contributions from National Speakers (Margaret Roberts) and colleagues in the Department of Education and Childhood, the Department of Geography and Environmental Management and teachers in schools.

History Education – Council of Europe events

Dr Dean Smart, in the Department of Education and Childhood, has been working with the bi-communal ADHR (Association for Dialogue and Historical Research) as a Council of Europe 'History education expert' on a teacher development project which will have a publication as an outcome. He will next be carrying out the next knowledge exchange activity working with teachers from both 'halves' of Cyprus in the Association's communities building within the green line UN peace zone, spending a Saturday and Sunday in mid-April working with the authors group on the teacher development project and running an active workshop for teachers

Dean has also received an invitation to work with a group of Headteachers, teachers, parents and teacher trainers in a pilot summer school for the Baltic states, as a Council of Europe 'expert' in August, and will be completing both projects as scholarly activity.

Brussels research symposium
"Researching Multilingually at Borders"

Jane Andrews will be presenting at a symposium entitled “Researching Multilingually at borders” in Brussels 8–10 June 2015. The presentation will be a multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers from education, modern languages, intercultural communication with creative artists. The symposium will take place in the Université Libre de Bruxelles

New Cross-University Higher Education Research Group

In March Dr Richard Waller (Edu) and Dr Viv Rolfe (HAS) started a cross-university higher education research group Education Research Network (ERNie). Over 80 academics have joined the group which intends meeting monthly or so to discuss published research and work-in-progress, and to facilitate cross university research collaboration including bidding for external funding. Please contact: and for further details.

Strategies employed by young male undergraduates to secure lucrative employment in London’s finance sector – Paper

Dr Richard Waller (Edu) presented two related papers on the strategies employed by young male undergraduates to secure lucrative employment in London's finance sector. The papers were co-authored with Dr Nicola Ingram (Bath), and based upon findings from the Paired Peers project, a Leverhulme Trust funded longitudinal study (2010-2017) following a cohort studying one of the same eleven undergraduate programmes at UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol. The papers were presented at the International Journal of Youth Studies conference in Copenhagen (30 March–1 April), and the British Sociological Association's annual conference in Glasgow (15–17 April), and are currently being written up for publication.

Paired Peers Research

Dr Richard Waller (Edu) was invited to address Oxford Brookes University's Academic Enhancement and Standards Committee on 17 March on findings from the Paired Peers research. He spoke to some 70 academics and senior managers about the importance of social and cultural capital in helping students access graduate employment opportunities, and what the university can do in this regard to enhance their career prospects. 

BRILLE Seminar

The Marketisation of Teacher Education: Threat or Opportunity
The Department of Education and Childhood's BRILLE research group held a well-attended seminar in February with internationally acknowledged teacher education expert Prof Geoff Whitty entitled The Marketisation of Teacher Education: Threat or Opportunity. In the presentation Professor Whitty outlined competing definitions of 'quality' in teaching practice and teacher education, his typology of teacher professionalism nationally and internationally, the role of universities in the future education and training of teachers, and the key role of educational research in underpinning this process. The audience included Department of Education and Childhood staff, both undergraduate and postgraduate students and three current or ex-Pro-Vice Chancellors of the University.


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