Staff profile

Dr Neil Radford

Discipline Leader: Educational Research


Education, Childhood and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As Discipline Leader for Educational Research I manage the team of colleagues that run the Institute of Education's suite of masters and doctoral programmes. I work closely with the team and with the Institute's leadership team to ensure that our postgraduate courses offer innovative and inspirational opportunities across Education, Childhood, Inclusion and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and Career Education and Coaching. As a manager within the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office, I have a focus on PGR student experience, supporting the work of supervisors and students towards successful outcomes at doctoral level. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach and supervise 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 includes:

I also teach on several of our master’s courses providing sessions on educational research design, level 7 writing and cooperative group work techniques. 

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

Radford, N. (2016) EdD How do we develop EdD candidates' critical dispositions through our supervision? Directors National Network meeting, University of Central London, 11 November

Neary, S & Radford, N (2016) NAHT Partner School Programme – Evaluation National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) Annual General Meeting, Birmingham, 1 May

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

EdD Directors National Network meeting, University of Derby (6h November 2015).

Radford, N. (2015) Teacher’s perceptions of the importance of scientific literacy: implications for school curriculum and initial teacher education programmes 6th Annual Conference, Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), Aston University 13-14 May

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.

Recent publications

Radford, N. (2018) There’s No Ethics Here! Research Intelligence, 136,  pp17-18

Neary, S., Dodd, V., & Radford, N. (2015) Final evaluation of the NAHT Aspire school improvement programme. College of Education, University of Derby. Independent evaluation project of NAHT ASPIRE programme (collaborative research project)