Shailen Popat

Shailen Popat

Department of Public Administration and Policy
Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Management

Contact details

School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Shailen Popat receiving his HEFi teaching awardShailen works as an Assistant Professor (Education) in Public Policy and Management with the Institute of Local Government (INLOGOV), University of Birmingham, where he is also Director of the MSc in Public Management.  He is also reading for a DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford where he is a Senior Hulme Scholar at Brasenose College. 

Previously, Shailen worked for many years in children and young people and school support services for local authorities and also founded his own non-profit social enterprise that delivered non-formal education, sporting and social activities. 

He graduated from the University of Warwick with an MA Distinction in Educational Innovation.

In 2022, he was awarded the accolade of the University of Birmingham ‘Teacher of the Year’ after being recognised by his peers for transforming the learning experience for students through his educational innovations.

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  • DPhil in Education, University of Oxford, Ongoing 
  • MA (Distinction) Educational Innovation, University of Warwick, 2015
  • Prince2 Registered Practitioner, FGI Ltd 2013
  • BA (Hons) Appled Social Sciences, University of London 2002


  • Shailen Popat Teacher of the Year awardWinner, UoB HEFi Awards 2022 Teacher of the Year
  • Finalist, 24 Housing Awards 2018 Care Provider of the Year
  • Finalist, Northamptonshire Education Awards 2015
  • Finalist, Pride of Northamptonshire Awards 2015


Director of the Msc in Public Management

Postgraduate supervision

INLOGOV Masters Dissertations

Doctoral research

PhD title
How do primary schools enact policy? – the case of Assessment without Levels?


Research interests 

  • Policy Creation
  • Policy Interpretation
  • Policy Enactment
  • History of Policy
  • Ideologies of Policy
  • Effective Assessment
  • Conducting Literature Reviews
  • Conducting Interviews and Focus Groups


Popat, S. (2019) ‘Book review: Sustainable School Leadership: Portraits of Individuality’, Management in Education. doi: 10.1177/0892020619881051 

Lenkeit, J., Caro, C., Ertl, H., Cheadle, S., Turner, G., Matthews, A., Khan, S. and Jo-Anne Baird, with Popat, S and Curle, S.(2019) The impact of preparation on TSA and BMAT test results – an institutional case study at Oxford University. Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment Report. OUCEA/19/3

Popat, S. (2018) Ethnicity and Education in England: How Lammy has distracted us.  Oxford Forum Journal, January 2018

Popat, S., Lenkeit, J., Hopfenbeck, T. N. (2017) PIRLS for Teachers – A review of practitioner engagement with international large-scale assessment results. Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment Report OUCEA/17/1)


Languages and other information

Conversational Gujrati and Hindi