Members of the Department

 

Head of Department

Professor Michael Hand

Professor Michael Hand

Professor of Philosophy of Education
Director of Postgraduate Research
Acting Head of Department of Professional Education

Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Education. He is the Editor of IMPACT, a pamphlet series offering philosophical perspectives on current education policy. Michael's research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. He has published books and articles on education for ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8277

Email m.hand@bham.ac.uk

Deputy Head - Teaching

Dr Christine Szwed

Dr Christine Szwed

Director of Primary Education and Deputy Head of the Department of Professional Education

Chris joined the University  as a lecturer in Primary education and has since held the positions of  Director of Studies for ITE and Head of Primary ITE. Her research interests cover the area of special needs and management alongside the area of initial teacher training. She was part of the School of Education team responsible for the DfES Transforming the School Workforce Pathfinder ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 415 8220

Email c.a.szwed@bham.ac.uk

Deputy Head - Research

Professor Hywel Thomas

Professor Hywel Thomas

Professor of Economics of Education
Director, Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education

School of 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 ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 415 8288

Email h.r.thomas@bham.ac.uk

Academics

Professor James Arthur

Professor James Arthur

Head of School
Professor of Education and Civic Engagement

Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies and Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues based within the School of Education, This is an interdisciplinary research centre focussing on character, virtues and values in the interest of human flourishing.

He has written widely on the relationship between theory and practice in education, ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5596

Email j.arthur@bham.ac.uk

Simon Asquith

Simon Asquith

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies

Simon Asquith is Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. As such he leads the department that includes both the Early Years and Primary and the Secondary Postgraduate Diploma in Education programmes amongst other taught programmes and research activity connected to the professional sphere of education. He is also national ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 7607

Email s.asquith@bham.ac.uk

Dr Luca Badini Confalonieri

Dr Luca Badini Confalonieri

Research Associate

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4861

Email l.badiniconfalonieri@bham.ac.uk

Angela Bowes

Lecturer

Angela is a German and French specialist having completed her Teacher Training at Birmingham University. She has held a number of teaching posts in Worcestershire and as well as co-teaching on the MFL PGDipEd, she is an ExcellentTeacher/AST two days a week at Kingsley College in Worcestershire. Her area of expertise is the development of Teaching and Learning. Angela has also carried out ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4404

Email a.bowes@bham.ac.uk

Alison Broad

Alison Broad

Programme Lead

Alison is the programme lead on the PG Dip Ed Primary/ Early Years ITE course and is responsible for the day to day running of the university and school based training programe. She also heads up the science and computing modules on the programme.

Alison joined the School of Education in January 2010.   She has a very strong background in early ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8191

Email a.broad@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Carr

Professor of Ethics and Education

David Carr is Professor of Ethics and Education and his principal research interests include: ethics, virtue ethics and moral education; the nature of professionalism and professional ethics; aesthetics; and education of the emotions. He has written widely in these areas and s the author of Making Sense of Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Theory of Education and Teaching ...

Email d.carr@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joanne Cliffe

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4805

Email j.e.cliffe@bham.ac.uk

Gemma Collins

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4810

Email g.r.collins@bham.ac.uk

Professor Randall Curren

Professor Randall Curren

Professor of Moral and Virtue Education

Randall Curren is Chair of Moral and Virtue Education in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values and Professor in the Royal Institute of Philosophy (London). He is also Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Education (secondary) at the University of Rochester (New York), and has been the Ginny and Robert Loughlin Founders’ Circle Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in ...

Dr Ian Davison

Dr Ian Davison

Lecturer

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4808

Email i.w.davison@bham.ac.uk

Martine Delbauve

Martine Delbauve

Lecturer in Education

Martine is a Modern Languages specialist (French/Spanish) and has taught 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. She has also worked as educational adviser with a ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 8565

Email m.a.delbauve@bham.ac.uk

Professor Richard Dunnill

Professor Richard Dunnill

Director of Education

Richard is Co-Director of Education and Professor in the School of Education. He is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership and oversight of the School’s programmes of study at all levels (undergraduate, taught postgraduate, and research postgraduate).

Teacher Education Partnerships are also a key focus. With the rapidly changing government ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3589

Email r.c.dunnill@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kay Fuller

Dr Kay Fuller

Lecturer (in Education)

Kay took up the position of Lecturer in September 2007 following a successful secondary school teaching and school leadership career. She was Head of English 1996-2002; and Deputy Headteacher of a large comprehensive school 2002-2005. She has taught in five mixed comprehensive schools in Sandwell, Birmingham and Worcestershire. Her career in education follows a career in retail ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4857

Email k.e.fuller@bham.ac.uk

Dr Celia Greenway

Dr Celia Greenway

Senior lecturer
Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement

Celia Greenway is the PGDipEd Early Years Co-ordinator and Partnership lead. 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 Foundation degrees for ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8218

Email c.a.greenway@bham.ac.uk

Sally Hobday

Lecturer in Secondary English Education

Sally took up the position of lecturer on the University of Birmingham PGDipEd secondary English course in 2013. Her previous career was in teaching in comprehensive schools beginning in 1990. Sally has worked as Head of Department , Head of Year and both as Subject and Professional ITE Mentor in schools in South Birmingham and North Solihull.

Email s.hobday@bham.ac.uk

Michael Holdsworth

Michael Holdsworth

Research Fellow

Michael is a Research Fellow at the Jubilee Centre in the School of Education. He is a member of the Centre’s research team and brings an expertise in law and legal ethics, particularly to the ‘Virtues, Values and Decision-Making in Three Professions in the UK in the 21st Century’ research project. This project focuses on teachers, medical and law students at the ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5631

Email m.a.holdsworth@bham.ac.uk

Sheila Jackson

Sheila Jackson

Lecturer in English Education

Sheila has worked as a tutor on the University of Birmingham PGDipEd secondary English course for the last 7 years. Currently her role includes supporting students with school observation visits and marking assignments. Sheila has extensive experience teaching in comprehensive schools including posts as Head of English, Assistant Head and Deputy Head. Her responsibilities have ...

Telephone +44(0)121 414 4857

Email s.jackson@bham.ac.uk

John Kirkman

John Kirkman

Lecturer in Science Education

John taught Science and Physics in secondary schools for fourteen years, including a role as 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. 

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 4833

Email j.r.kirkman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ben Kotzee

Dr Ben Kotzee

Lecturer

Ben Kotzee is lecturer in the School of Education. He works on topics in the philosophy of education and focuses on applying insights from contemporary epistemology to questions regarding intellectual character development. He has written on the epistemic aims of education and on the nature and development of expertise; he is the editor of a special edition of the Journal of Philosophy of ...

Email h.b.kotzee@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson

Professor Kristján Kristjánsson

Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics
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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4877

Email k.kristjansson@bham.ac.uk

Russell Manning

Russell Manning

Lecturer in History in Education, Director of secondary 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 ...

Telephone 44 (0) 121 415 8443

Email r.manning@bham.ac.uk

Beth Marley

Lecturer in Primary Maths

Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8225

Email b.marley@bham.ac.uk

Professor James Middleton

Professor James Middleton

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 ...

Email j.a.middleton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Blaire Morgan

Dr Blaire Morgan

Research Fellow

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4871

Email b.e.morgan@bham.ac.uk

Mary O'Connor

Mary O'Connor

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 44864

Email m.c.oconnor@bham.ac.uk

John Ryan

John Ryan

Lecturer in Primary Education and Early Years

John Ryan joined the School Of Education in September 2012. He teaches Professional studies on the PGDip in Primary Education (PGCE Advanced) Primary and Early Years Course. Prior to this he worked for six years at Newman University as a Senior Lecturer in Professional Studies. John has worked in many Primary schools in Birmingham and he was a senior member of staff in all the schools he ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4806

Email j.v.ryan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Wouter Sanderse

Research Fellow

Wouter has an interdisciplinary background. He gained a degree in International Business Communication, but also has a MA in Philosophy, both from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His doctoral thesis was called ‘Character education’, and he investigated what a neo-Aristotelian approach can make clear about the philosophy, psychology and education of virtue. ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3967

Email w.sanderse@bham.ac.uk

Geoffrey Schneiderman

Lecturer in Primary Mathematics

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4456

Email g.schneiderman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Susannah Smith

Dr Susannah Smith

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 Northamptonshire. ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 415 8226

Email s.j.smith.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Hywel Thomas

Professor Hywel Thomas

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 415 8288

Email h.r.thomas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tracy Whatmore

Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4818

Email t.whatmore@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sandy Wilkinson

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4825

Email s.wilkinson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kirsty Wilson

Dr Kirsty Wilson

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 ...

Telephone +44 (0) 121 415 8225

Email k.e.wilson@bham.ac.uk

Support Staff

Ashley Cook - Jubilee Centre Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8077
Email a.t.cook@bham.ac.uk 

Judy Dandy - ITE Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4859
Email j.a.dandy@bham.ac.uk

Yvonne Dwyer - ITE Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5335
Email y.r.dwyer@bham.ac.uk

Lynn Goode - PA to DPVC for Cultural Engagement and Department secretary
Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8196
Email l.m.goode@bham.ac.uk

Mel Hardy - ITE Secondary Team Leader
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4860
Email m.hardy@bham.ac.uk

Jenny Higgins - Jubilee Centre Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4803
Email j.higgins@bham.ac.uk

Amerjit Kaur - Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8366
Email a.kaur@bham.ac.uk

Anna Llewellyn - Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4863
Email a.c.llewellyn@bham.ac.uk

Edward Mears - Jubilee Centre Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4875
Email e.mears@bham.ac.uk

Sarbit Thiarai - Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6747
Email s.thiarai@bham.ac.uk

Aidan Thompson - Jubilee Centre Manager
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3602
Email a.p.thompson@bham.ac.uk

Fiona Vittery - Jubilee Centre Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8245
Email f.r.vittery@bham.ac.uk

Danielle Wartnaby - Jubilee Centre Administrator
Telephone +44 (0)121 414 4439
Email d.l.wartnaby@bham.ac.uk

Denise Wilson - ITE Programme Administrator
Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 8167
Email d.m.wilson@bham.ac.uk