Dr Neil Radford

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

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: CPD in Education

Research Centre: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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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:

  • Influence of celebrity science on scientific literacy
  • Transfer of learning from ITE to teaching
  • Distributed school leadership and school improvement
  • Critical and higher order thinking skills in ITE and high school education (Arab-Israeli Education)
  • Training models for leadership coaching in business

Professional interests

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

Research interests

  • Science Education; scientific literacy and public understanding of science, transference of attitudes to science beyond formal education. 
  • Supervision of professional postgraduate research
  • Learning and Teaching strategies/whole school improvement
  • Distributed leadership/change management
  • Interest and motivation of learners

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • PhD Freshwater Ecotoxicology (Profundal Reservoir Communitites), University of Leicester
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE Secondary), University of Leicester
  • BSc Biological Sciences,  University of Leicester

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 Internatiuonal 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?'

Additional interests and activities

Member of The Cloud Appreciation Society

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.

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