Staff profile

Dr Bill Esmond


Associate Professor Learning and Employment

Subject

Education Studies and SEND

College

College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department

Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

w.esmond@derby.ac.uk

About

I research educational policy and practice, particularly in technical, professional and vocational education (including at higher education levels) and how these shape and are shaped by contemporary employment relationships and practices. I'm interested in the work and identity of educators in the workplace, or preparing young people directly for work; in policies that direct this activity, for example in further and higher education; and in the way that this activity is also framed by social inequalities and the employment relationship.

I also seek to help others who want to research, for example by supporting and supervising doctoral theses in the areas of further, higher and vocational education, either in the UK or internationally; and I work to build the research capacity of the Institute of Education and its partner organisations.

 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the University's Doctor of Education programme

I have taught on the University's PGCE and currently support students pursuing a specialist postgraduate Diploma

Research interests

The interface between Further Education & Skills (or 'technical and professional education') sector and employment

Skills policies and the institutions that contribute to their successes and limitations in different countries

Educator roles in preparation for employment, including notions of 'dual professionalism' and the practices of workplace learning

College-based higher education: the role of vocational institutions in higher education systems: teaching practices and teacher identities in differentiated institutions

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2014

Association for Research into Post Compulsory Education

British Educational Research Association

Qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Doctor of Education, University of Sheffield

Postgraduate Certificate in Online Education and Training, Institute of Education, University College London

Masters in Business Administration, Sheffield Hallam University

Recent conferences

European Educational Research Conference (ECER), Universitaet Hamburg, Hamburg, DE. September 2019

Researching Workplace Learning (RWL), Justus-Liebig-Universitat, Giessen, DE. July 2019

Innovative Apprenticeships (INAP), Universitaet Konstanz, Constance, DE. March 2019

European Educational Research Conference (ECER), Libera Università di Bolzano, Bolzano, IT. September 2018

British Educational Research Association Conference, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, September 2017

Journal of Vocational Education and Training Eleventh International Conference, Worcester College, Oxford, July 7th-9th, 2017

International Pathways Collaborative: Higher vocational education, pathways and social inequality: implications for research and policy, Worcester College, Oxford, July 6th, 2017

British Sociological Association Sociology of Education Study Group Conference, ‘Grit’, Governmentality & the Erasure of Inequality? The Curious Rise of Character Education Policy. King's College, London, 11th July 2016

Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education Second International Research Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, July 8-10th, 2016

Journal of Vocational Education and Training Eleventh International Conference, Worcester College, Oxford, July 4th, 2015  

Research in Post-Compulsory Education Inaugural International Research Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, July 11th, 2014

Experience in industry

Before joining the University, I taught in the Further Education sector for twelve years, including teaching on the University's teacher training programmes in a partner college. Prior to this, I worked in various industrial roles, including construction supply and vehicle manufacture.

International experience

Recent International Conferences:

European Educational Research Conference (ECER), Universitaet Hamburg, Hamburg, DE. September 2019

Researching Workplace Learning (RWL), Justus-Liebig-Universitat, Giessen, DE. July 2019

Innovative Apprenticeships (INAP), Universitaet Konstanz, Constance, DE. March 2019

European Educational Research Conference (ECER), Libera Università di Bolzano, Bolzano, IT. September 2018

 

Recent international lecture tour

Nord-Rhein-Westphalia, November 2018

Additional interests and activities

Journal Reviewer: 

Higher Education (Springer)

Journal of Vocational Education and Training

Vocations and Learning

Recent publications

Peer-reviewed articles in international journals 

2019: Continental Selections? Institutional actors and market mechanisms in post-16 education in England. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 24 (2/3). doi:10.1080/13596748.2019.1596434.

2018: ‘They get a qualification at the end of it, I think’: incidental workplace learning and technical education in England, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 70 (2), 193-211. doi: 10.1080/13636820.2017.1393000.

2017: More morphostasis than morphogenesis? The ‘dual professionalism’ of English Further Education workshop tutors. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 69 (2), 229-245. doi: 10.1080/13636820.2017.1309568.

2015: Part-time Higher Education in English Colleges: Adult identities in diminishing spaces. Studies in the Education of Adults, 47 (1), 23-34. doi: 10.1080/02660830.2015.11661672.

2015: Research methods teaching in vocational environments: developing critical engagement with knowledge? (with C. Gray, R. Turner, C. Sutton, C. Petersen, S. Stevens, J. Swain, C. Schofield & D. Thackeray). Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 67 (3), 279-293. doi:10.1080/13636820.2015.1050443.

2012: 'I don’t make out how important it is or anything: identity and identity formation by part-time higher education students in an English further education college', Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 64(3), pp. 351-364. doi: 10.1080/13636820.2012.691537.

Published papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings

2019a: Higher/Degree Apprenticeships and the Diversification of Transitions in England. In Contemporary Apprenticeship Reforms and Reconfigurations, pp. 197-200. Proceedings of the 8th Innovative Apprenticeships (INAP) Conference, Konstanz, DE, 21-22 March. Zurich, CH: Lit Verlag.

2019b: Apprenticeship teaching in England: new practices, roles and professional formation for educators. In Contemporary Apprenticeship Reforms and Reconfigurations, pp. 118-121. Proceedings of the 8th Innovative Apprenticeships (INAP) Conference, Konstanz, DE, 21-22 March. Zurich, CH: Lit Verlag.

2018: Beyond comparative institutional analysis: A workplace turn in English TVET. In C. Nägele & B. E. Stalder (Eds.), Trends in vocational education and training research. (pp. 140–147). Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET), Bolzano, IT, 4-7 September. Bern, CH: VETNET.

 

Non-refereed publication:

2014 Higher Vocational Education: Unequal or Different? London, Association of Colleges.

 

Selected recent peer-reviewed conference papers:

‘Vocational Teachers in Work-based Transitions: A comparison of boundary-crossing practices.’ 10th Researching Workplace Learning (RWL) Conference. Giessen, DE. 24-26th July 2019.

'Binary Code? Bridging the "Academic-Technical" Divide and the Permeability or Perpetuation of Pathways in England.’ Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. 5-7 December 2018.

‘Labour Market Institutions and the Workplace Turn in English Post-Compulsory Education: Problems of selection and inclusivity.’ Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education Third International Research Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford. July 13-15th, 2018.

‘The “workplace turn” in post-16 education: relocating learning or a new tripartism?’ British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton. 5-7th September 2017.

‘Knowledge, skills and moral order: a workplace turn in vocational education.’ Journal of Vocational Education and Training Conference, Worcester College, Oxford. 7-9th July, 2017

'Anticipating moral order in the vocational workshop,' British Sociological Association Sociology of Education Study Group Conference, ‘Grit’, Governmentality & the Erasure of Inequality? The Curious Rise of Character Education Policy. King's College, London. 11th July 2016.

'Cross-sectoral teacher education in England: a study of vocational workshop tutors,' Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education Second International Research Conference, Harris Manchester College, Oxford. July 8-10th, 2016.