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 primary school teacher. 

I am currently an Assistant Programme Leader of the Education Doctorate programme (EdD), and I supervise several Doctorate students. I am teaching across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including the BA (Hons) in Education Studies, MA in Education, and the Professional Doctorate in Education, and the Profesional Doctorate in Health. 

Over the years, I have engaged in national and international research including Initial Teacher Training, anti-semitism, teacher education, career professional development for senior and middle managers, educational technology, children and citizenship, and the assessment of some of the Home Office's 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 philosophy of education, educational and social theory, educational politics, sociology, and research methodology. I am responsible for the following modules:

 I welcome applications to study for doctoral research degrees, in particular from those wishing to undertake research in the areas of 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