Research and Scholarship Forum

The Institute of Education Research and Scholarship Forum meets on a monthly basis and is open to all members of the Institute, colleagues from partner organisations and our Graduate students.


The Institute of Education Research and Scholarship Forum meets on a monthly basis and is open to all members of the Institute, colleagues from partner organisations and our Graduate students. The Forum provides opportunities for colleagues to share and engage with different forms of scholarship and research. We engage in a wide range of activities, which include guest and staff seminars, presentations and discussions, and are committed to all forms of scholarship that support and enhance teaching, learning, and research in Education.  Events are advertised internally and across our partnerships. The Forum is convened by Professor Liz Atkins who can be contacted for more information.

What we do

EdD Thesis Presentations - 'Edgy Ethics' 12/02/20

‘Critical posthumanist: Interviewing in a research assemblage' - Dr Claire Tupling


Discussion: Rob Peutrell of Nottingham College discussed his new edited collection with Mel Cook, titled 'Brokering Britain, Educating Citizens: Exploring ESOL and Citizenship - Language, Mobility and Institutions'

Further information on the book can be found here -


Seminar: Understanding Emotional Labour

Professor Helen Colley - Manchester University


Much of the research on vocational and workplace learning, focuses, understandably, on practical and cognitive skills, on work done by hand and brain.  But what about the work of the heart? In contrast with Golman's popular notion of "emotional intelligence", the critical notion of emotional labour helps us to grapple with the realities of learning for service work - be it elder care, retail, or teaching in higher education. Professor Colley will outline the theoretical basics of emotional labour, and discuss how she has put it to work in some of her own research. 


Dr Val Poultney, Senior Lecturer, University of Derby with Mr Jon Fordham, Headteacher Allenton Primary School, Derby.

School-University Partnerships: opportunities and challenges in an ever-changing education landscape.

School-University partnerships are by no means a new endeavour in education. Training schools and colleges were set up in the early 19th Century to train teachers in elementary schools, with universities becoming involved in around 1890 with the establishment of ‘day training colleges’. Since then universities and schools have worked together to deliver the many routes to Qualified Teacher Status and in-service continuous professional development which has included research and inquiry-based support. This idea of ‘theorising pedagogy’ or ‘practical theorising’ has aimed to move teachers’ work from a performative or transmission type model to one where teachers can research and collect evidence in support of their work. The unchaining of Local Authority control with the subsequent devolvement of budgets to schools has had a significant impact on the ways in which schools use their resources to buy-in professional development courses and/or participate in teacher education through, for example, the School Direct programme.  Many factors of partnership working include the aims and desired outcomes of the collaboration, for how long along it takes place and the roles and responsibilities of those involved. This includes marrying the work in the collaboration with that needed to meet both school and university agendas and recognition of their own accountabilities.

This session aims to explore partnership working from a single primary school and university context. Through examination of policy, theory and pragmatism we uncover some of the opportunities and uncomfortable truths about partnership working and why it is pertinent to regularly review and reflect on these collaborations. We aim to round off the session with some key questions for consideration prior to setting up partnerships and look forward to hearing about our audiences’ own experiences and perspectives of partnership working.  


Seminar: The Accidental Cartoonist

Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas – Birmingham City University


In this illustrated presentation on the power, pleasure and practice of graphic/visual methods in research, Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas traces the development of her own graphic social science practice, from early experiments with sketches and cartoons to mapping the more complex form of the graphic essay.  The presentation includes examples from recent research on gender and HE. 


Presentation and Discussion: Raising the profile and practice of pedagogic research at the University of Derby

Dr Melanie Pope - Pedagogic Research lead - University of Derby


The University of Derby should exploit its position as a TEF Gold, applied university to develop research into pedagogic practices that enhance student experience and outcomes.  Such research can inform policy and strategy both internally and across the sector, leading to a culture that is shaped by excellence in both practice and research. In this session Melanie will explore some of the challenges of creating this culture, and the ways CELT is working to support colleagues to enable them to develop high-quality, impactful research. 

Andreas Fejes
Professor of Adult education research

Adult education and occupational choice in Sweden

Adult education and occupcational choice in Sweden Slides


Panel Discussion: Promoting a research environment at University of Derby

Dr Clare Brindley, Head of Research and Dr Stuart Archer, Researcher Development Lead



At this event we will discuss how the university is promoting a research environment, discuss our plans and agree possible next steps in creating a research environment for the Institute. Contributions from all colleagues in the Institute would be really welcome.

Designing and Assessing Professional Qualifications: Beyond Path Dependency

Christopher Winch,

School of Education, Communication and Society. King’s College London

The rise of learning outcomes based qualifications in the

The emphasis on skills and the downplaying of knowledge in
professional practice

The poverty of both curricula and assessment practices in this model.

Green shoots’ of Change? 

Chris Winch Developing Professional Qualifications slides