Staff profile

Dr Bill Esmond


Associate Professor Education and Employment

Bill Esmomnd stood in a classroom.

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, continuing and vocational education (including at higher 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. 

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

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

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

Journal of Vocational Education and Training Thirteenth International Conference, Worcester College, Oxford, 28-30 June, 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 Twelfth International Conference, Worcester College, Oxford, 7-9 July, 2017

International Pathways Collaborative: Higher vocational education, pathways and social inequality: implications for research and policy, Worcester College, Oxford, 6 July, 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, 11 July 2016

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

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

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

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

Editorial roard

Journal of Vocational Education and Training

 

In the media

I write, and my work is referenced, in news media for the field I research, including well-known publications Times Educational Supplement and FE Week.

I aim to share research with wider audiences using a range of media and social media. You can follow me on Twitter at @bill_esmond.

These videos are 'video abstracts' in which I discuss recent work with academics and practitioners:

Recent publications

Peer-reviewed articles in international journals 

2019: Emerging apprenticeship practitioner roles in England: conceptualising the subaltern educator. Vocations and Learning, First online. https://rdcu.be/bZCrG 

2019: Continental Selections? Institutional actors and market mechanisms in post-16 education in England. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 24 (2/3), 311-330. https://dx.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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2017.1393000

2017: More morphostasis than morphogenesis? The ‘dual professionalism’ of English Further Education workshop tutors. (with H. Wood). Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 69 (2), 229-245. https://doi.org/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:  ‘Bridging’ the Gap between VET and Higher Education: Permeability or Perpetuation? Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET), Hamburg, DE 2-6 September. Bern, CH: VETNET.

2019b: The role of education and training in the development of technical elites: work experience and vulnerability. (With L. Atkins and R. Suart.) Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET), Hamburg, DE 2-6 September. Bern, CH: VETNET.

2019c: 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.

2019d: 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.

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. 24-26 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. 13-15 July, 2018.

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

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

'Anticipating moral order in the vocational workshop,' British Sociological Association Sociology of Education Study Group Conference, ‘Grit’, Governmentality and the Erasure of Inequality? The Curious Rise of Character Education Policy. King's College, London. 11 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. 8-10 July, 2016.