Staff profile

Dr Ihsan Foster

Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Welcome to my staff profile. Like many of my senior colleagues at the University of Derby, my career in Higher Education spans over twenty-two years. Prior to that, I worked as a senior researcher, research consultant, primary school teacher, and an Assistant Dean of Education in a Higher Education Institution. 

At the University of Derby, I am the Programme Leader for the Doctorate in Education (EdD) and I supervise several Doctorate students. I also teach across several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including the BA (Hons) in Education Studies, MA in Education, and the Professional Doctorate in Education. 

Over the years, I have engaged in national and international research including Initial Teacher Training, antisemitism in education, teacher education, the recruitment and retention of teachers in challenging schools, career professional development for education senior and middle managers, educational technology, and the assessment of crime reduction initiatives (please refer to my list of previous and current publications for more details).

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across a range of programmes at the University of Derby in areas including psychology in education, philosophy of education, educational and social theory, educational politics, sociology, and research methodology. I lead and teach on the following modules:

I welcome applications to study for doctoral research degrees in education.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Experience in industry

Research grants and consultancy work include the:

Recent publications

Foster, I. and Weller, P. (2019). Classroom Challenges for Teaching about and Addressing Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region.

Caillau-Foster, I. (2018). Social Development. In, Johnston, J., Nahmad-Williams, L., Oates, R. & Wood, V. (eds) Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice (2nd edition) Abingdon: Routledge

Caillau-Foster, I. (2017). The Effects of Child Poverty on Teaching and Learning in Schools. In, Marshall, J. (ed.) Contemporary Debates in Education, Abingdon: Routledge

 Caillau-Foster, I.  (2017). An Investigation into the Roots and Causes of Children and Youth Extremism and Radicalisation. In, Marshall, J. (ed.) Contemporary Debates in Education, Abingdon: Routledge

Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (2012). The Impact of Science Learning Centre Continuing Professional Development on Teachers' Retention and Careers. Science Learning Centres.

Caillau, I. (2009). Primary Schools Facing Challenging Circumstances in Yorkshire and the Humber.  TDA PDS in Yorkshire and the Humber

Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (2009). NQT Quality Improvement Study for the Training and Development Agency for Schools, Report on Part 2 Phase 1 - NQT Quality Improvement Study: The NQT Year.

Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (2009) Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Evans, A., Hawksley, F., Holland, M. R. And Caillau, I. (2008). "Improving Subject Knowledge and Subject Pedagogic Knowledge in Employment Based Secondary Initial Teacher Training in England." In: Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Education in Europe, Brussels, 23-27 August 2008.

Holland, M. R., Chatterton, J., And Caillau, I. (2007).  South Yorkshire E-Learning. Research Machines PLC. Funded by Objective One European Social Fund. 

Simkins, T. J., Coldwell, M., Caillau, I., Finlayson, H. And Morgan, A. (2006). "Coaching as an In-School Leadership Development Strategy: Experiences from Leading from the Middle." Journal of In-Service Education, 32 (3), 321-340.

Johnson, S. et al. (2005). A Mapping out of Qualification and Training for the Children and Young People's Workforce. DCSF.

Caillau, A. (2005). A Survey of the Leadership Training Needs of African-Caribbean Lead Professionals. Nottingham, NCSL.

Finlayson, H.; Maxwell, B.; Caillau, I.; And Tomalin, J. (2005). E-learning in Further Education: The Impact on Student Intermediate and End-point Outcomes. Department for Education and Skills

Holland, M. R., Chatterton, J., Finlayson, H. And Caillau, I. (2005). "Implementation of a Major E-learning Strategy in Secondary Schools in South Yorkshire." In: Annual Meeting of the European Educational Research Association, University College, Dublin, September 2005.

Johnson, et. al. (2004). A Systematic Mapping Exercise to Show How Existing Qualification Fit with the Proposed Career Progression Framework for School Support Staff. DCSF.

Simkins, T., Coldwell, M.; And Caillau, I. (2004). An Evaluation of Leading from the Middle Programme for Middle Leaders in Schools. NCSL. 

Holland, M., Coldwell, M.; And Caillau, I. (2003). An Evaluation of Charter for Transition Programme in Barnsley. Funded by Objective One, European Social Fund.

Coldwell, M., Stephenson, K. And Caillau, I. (2003) Evaluation of Home School Agreements Research Report 455 Nottingham: DfES publications.

Coldwell, M., Stephenson, K. And Caillau, I. (2003) "Findings from an Evaluation of Home-School Agreements." Paper presented at British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Edinburgh.

Coldwell, M., Holland, M., Close, P., Caillau, I.; Haigh, A. (2003) Charter for Transition Final Report of a 3 Year School Improvement Project for Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, funded by SRB3 2003

University of Sheffield (2002). A National Evaluation of On-Track. Home Office.