Head of School, Professor of Education and Civic Engagement
Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies
He has written widely on the relationship between theory and practice in education, particularly the links between communitarianism, social virtues, citizenship, religion and education.
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Luca Badini Confalonieri is a Research Associate at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values. He is involved in two collaborative research projects investigating the ideals of professional ethics operative in the medical, legal, and teaching professions. Other research interests include the role of values in ecclesial policy-making on problems whose understanding and solution require ...
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Programme Leader PGDipEd (QTS) Secondary Physical Education
Joanne Cliffe is Programme Leader for the Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education (QTS) for Secondary Education and Co-Leader for the MEd in teaching studies. Joanne’s previous experience in higher education included contributions to the PGCE Physical Education course at Loughborough University. Her background is in teaching in secondary education and her posts have included, Head of ...
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Lecturer in Geography Education
Gemma has held a number of teaching posts in Birmingham schools since 2003, and before entering higher education held the post of Head of Department in a local secondary comprehensive school. She is a member of the Geographical Association and the RGS-IBG, and has also worked with the Prince’s Teaching Institute on their Schools Programme for Geography, in conjunction with the ...
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Ian completed his PhD in psychology in 1987; then taught in secondary schools in various roles including ICT co-ordinator, head of science and senior teacher. He is currently a Lecturer and leads the Education for Health Professionals programme. In addition he teaches quantitative methods including factor analysis and provides a statistical advice service for the ...
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Teaching Fellow in Education
Martine is a French and Spanish specilaist and has taught Modern Languages in England in schools and colleges, and in adult and higher education in England. After working as Course Leader for Modern Languages at a sixth form college she developed a portfolio of work by combining teaching, initial teacher training and consultancy work. After a year travelling around the world she ...
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Lecturer (in English Education)
Kay took up the position of Lecturer in English Education in September 2007. Teaching posts in secondary education have included Head of English 1996-2002; and Deputy Headteacher of a large comprehensive school 2002-2005. She has taught in five comprehensive schools in Sandwell, Birmingham and Worcestershire. Her career in education follows a career in retail management in Blackpool, ...
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Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement
Celia Greenway is the PGDip in Primary Education (PGCE Advanced) Primary and Early Years Course leader. Initially as a practitioner Celia taught in schools and nurseries across Worcestershire. Prior to joining the University, she was responsible for developing Higher Education provision within the Further Education Sector, and worked in collaboration with the University of Worcester establishing ...
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Professor of Philosophy of Education
Director of Postgraduate Research
Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Education. His research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. He has published books and articles on education for patriotism, the nature and aims of religious education, the justifiability of faith schools, autonomy as an educational aim, ...
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Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education
Dave taught in a number of schools for 11 years before joining the University of Birmingham. As well as teaching on Initial Teacher Education and with experienced teachers at Masters and Doctoral level, his research interests centre around the notion of the economy of personal time and effort in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Two particular themes are central to this: ...
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Lecturer in English Education
Sheila has taught on the University of Birmingham PGDipEd secondary English course for the last 6 years. Her previous career was in teaching in comprehensive schools, of which 12 years was as Head of English and 10 years was in Assistant Head and Deputy Head posts. Her responsibilities have included: leadership of Teaching and Learning, curriculum development, strategic leadership of ...
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Lecturer in Science Education
John taught Science and Physics in secondary schools for fourteen years, including as a Head of Science. For three years, he worked part time at the University of Warwick on the Science PGCE course and part-time in school. He joined the University of Birmingham in 2007 as Lecturer in Science Education with a focus on Physics initial teacher education.
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Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics, and Deputy Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values
Kristján Kristjánsson’s research orientation can best be summed up as that of Aristotle-inspired philosophical scrutiny of theories in educational psychology and values education, with special emphasis on the notions of character and emotional virtue. He has written extensively on themes in general education, moral education, educational psychology, moral philosophy and ...
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Lecturer in History in Education, Director of ITE
After gaining his PGCE in 1994 Russell Manning worked as a Teacher of History at the Earls High School in Halesowen. He worked at this school for ten years and held the following posts; Deputy Head of Year, Second in Humanities and Head of History. During this time he also co-ran the annual Summer Literacy School and worked as the History Mentor in the school for the ...
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Professor of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education
James A. Middleton is Professor of STEM Education in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. He holds a concurrent appointment as Professor of Engineering Education and Director of the Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology at Arizona State University. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Middleton served as Associate Dean ...
Blaire joined the School of Education in 2012, and is working as a Research Associate within the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values. She is currently working on a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation entitled ‘An Attitude for Gratitude’. This project will be examining how the principle of gratitude and service is understood in British society. In particular, it will be ...
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Lecturer in Secondary Mathematics
Mary joined the School of Education as a Lecturer in Mathematics Education in September 2012. Mary has taught Mathematics for many years in local schools in Birmingham, Solihull, and Worcestershire. She also has experience of teaching overseas at a Leading International School in the Middle East. She has 15 years’ experience as a Head of Department in 3 different secondary schools ...
Lynn is the tutor who is responsible for the secondary PGDipEd in Biology. Alongside this, she teaches on masters modules designed to understand and improve school effectiveness.
Lecturer in Education
Susannah Smith is a Lecturer in Education in the School of Education. Susannah’s main teaching responsibility is on the PGDip Primary Education (PGCE Advanced) General or Early Years programme where she co-ordinates and teaches the English element of the course. Before joining the University in 1996, Susannah taught for seven years in primary schools in Birmingham and ...
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Lecturer in Religious Education
Geoff is PGCE tutor for Secondary Religious Education. After sixteen years of school teaching, Geoff joined the staff at the Regional Religious Education Centre (Midlands) and subsequently became its Director. He has wide experience of providing Continuous Professional Development for serving Religious Education teachers as well as Initial Teacher Education. His PhD was entitled ‘A ...
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Professor of Economics of Education; Director, Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education
Hywel Thomas is Professor of the Economics of Education and Director of the Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education. His research includes work on: the economics of professional learning, contiuing education in the health sector, resource management in schools and selection processes for specialty medical training. His work on GP education was recognised with an ...
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Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education
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Lecturer in Science Education (Chemistry)
Sandy has taught Science and Chemistry to A-level in secondary schools for 14 years. This included a secondment to the Royal Society of Chemistry as a School Teacher Fellow as part of the ‘Chemistry for Our Future’ project looking at strategies to overcome secondary to higher education transition issues. Prior to his appointment by the University of Birmingham Sandy was a Secondary ...
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Lecturer (Primary and Early Years Mathematics Education)
Please note that Kirsty Wilson is currently on maternity leave
Kirsty leads the primary and early years mathematics provision at the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining the university in 2006, she was Research Officer on the ESRC funded project ‘Purposeful Algebraic Activity’ at the University of Warwick, where she also contributed to initial ...
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