Professor Dennis Hayes

Professor Dennis Hayes

Position: Professor of Education

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Research Centre: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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Professor of Education and Chair of the College of Education Research Committee (CERC). Programme leader for PhDs in Education.

Research interests

My research interests are in all aspects of higher education, free speech and academic freedom. Applications from potential PhD students in this area are welcome. 

Current and relevant doctoral supervisions

  • Kuldeep Banwait: The Student as Consumer.
  • Judith Gill: Academic Freedom in English Universities.
  • Alison Hardman: The Future of Teacher Education.
  • Ruth Mieschbuehler: The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students. (Awarded 2015)
  • Rose Schofield: Learning Relationships: the institutional construction of the diminished student self. 

Membership of professional bodies

In 2006-7, I was the first joint president of the University and College Union (UCU), the largest post-compulsory education union in the world and I am currently the Honorary Secretary of the Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT) which represents through its constituent bodies, the trade unions and professional associations, the interests of 750,000 teachers in supporting and developing teacher education. I also co-ordinate the Institute of Ideas' Education Forum.

I am the founder and director of the influential campaign group Academics For Academic Freedom and available as a speaker and writer on free speech and academic freedom.

Recent publications

I have written and edited several books including (with Kathryn Ecclestone) The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education which has been described as “one of the most important books to have been written in at least the last twenty years in that crucial area where philosophy, policy and practice coincide”. 

Selected publications (books)

  • Hayes, D. (2017) It's Teaching NOT Therapy! London: CRE. (forthcoming)
  • Hayes, D. (Ed.)  (2017) Beyond McDonaldization: visions of higher education
  • Hayes, D. (2017) The Limits of Academic Freedom.  London: AFAF. (forthcoming).
  • Hayes, D. and Marshall, T. (Eds.) (2017) The Role of the Teacher Today (SCETT: London).
  • Armitage, A., Hayes, D., Evershed, J., Lawes, S. and Renwick, A. (2016) Teaching and Training in Post-14 Education (5th Edition). Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Hayes, D.  (Ed.) (2011)  In Defence of Teacher Education. SCETT: Worcester.
  • Ecclestone, K. and Hayes, D. (2008) The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978 0 415 39701 8
  • Hayes, D., Marshall, T. and Turner, A. (2007) A Lecturer’s Guide to Further Education. Maidenhead: Open University Press. ISBN13: 9780 33522 0182
  • Hayes, D. (Ed.) (2004) The RoutledgeFalmer Guide to Key Debates in Education. London: RoutledgeFalmer. ISBN 0 415 33244 3
  • Lea, J. Hayes D., Armitage, A., Lomas, L. and Markless, S.  (2003) Working in Post-Compulsory Education. Maidenhead: Open University Press.  ISBN: 0 335 21105 4
  • Hayes, D. and Wynyard, R.  (Eds.) (2002/2006) The McDonaldization of Higher Education. Westport,Connecticut & London: Bergin & Garvey. ISBN: 0 89789 856 7
  • Hayes, D. and Hudson, A. (2001) Basildon: The Mood of the Nation. London: Demos. ISBN: 1 84180 060 0 

Additional interests and activities

I am well known for my educational journalism and have been a member of the editorial board of the Times Higher Education magazine since its foundation. I was previously a 'Backchat' columnist for 'FE Focus' in the Times Educational Supplement and write regularly for SpikedThe Free Society and The Huffington Post. In 2014 I became the first education columnist for The Conversation.

In the media

My media credits include:

BBC Radio Four (The Learning Curve, Straw Poll, The Moral Maze; From Abacus to Circle Time; Beyond Belief: Broadcasting House; Today; PM); BBC Radio 2; BBC Radio 5 Live; BBC Radio Essex; BBC Radio Kent; BBC Three Counties Radio; City Talk (Liverpool); Florida News Talk; SKY TV; 18 Doughty Street; Teachers TV; Fora TV; Times Higher EducationTimes Educational Supplement, Independent, Church Times, Spiked, City AM and Culture Wars.

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