Staff profile

Dr Neil Radford

Deputy Head of Department Postgraduate Studies, Programme Leader for Doctor of Education.


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Programme Leader for the Doctor of Education (EdD). I have responsibility for recruitment, programme design, programme management, supervision, teaching and examination of doctoral candidates. I am also Deputy Head of Department for Postgraduate Studies, involving line-management of the MA Education programme. 

Teaching responsibilities

Teaching and supervision of professional doctoral (EdD) and PhD candidates. I also provide training for new and existing supervisors within the University. The range of doctoral projects that I currently supervise include:

Professional interests

Teacher education/science education/doctoral supervision and professional doctorates.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Recent conferences

5th International Conference on Professional Doctorates (UKCGE/Middlesex University), Titanic Belfast, 15-16 March 2016.

Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), May 2014; 5th Annual Conference ‘Teacher’s perceptions of the importance of scientific literacy: implications for school curriculum and initial teacher education programmes.’

Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), June 2013;  Masters: A route to teacher professionalism conference, ‘Experience of postgraduate teacher education at University of Derby: Key perspectives on school-based and campus-based masters provision for teachers’.

UKCGE International Professional Doctorates Conference April 2011 Edinburgh - Poster presentation: 'Who am I today? Multiple identities and behaviours related to colleague to colleague supervision in professional higher degrees.'

Perspectives in Professionalism Conference, University of Derby July 2011 - Presentation: 'To adopt or to adapt? - How should professionals approach the dissemination of good practice?'

Learning and Teaching Conference Buxton July 2011 -Workshop 'To adopt or to adapt? - How should professionals approach the dissemination of good practice?'

Experience in industry

Prior to joining the university, I gained extensive experience as a secondary science teacher and led a successful whole school improvement project that achieved sustained increases in pupil attainment and improved innovative teaching and learning by creating a culture of shared learning and practice across the school.

Additional interests and activities

Member of The Cloud Appreciation Society