News and events
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
Over 100 students and guests attended the School of Education Graduation Reception which preceded the Graduation Ceremony on July 19th.
We love this opportunity to get together and celebrate all the hard work and dedication that has led to this point and it was lovely to spend this time with you and offer our congratulations. We hope our graduands and their guests enjoyed the day as much as we did!
You can view the photographs from our pre-graduation event here and also on our Facebook page.
Undergraduate Prize winner 2019
Cherylyn Waite is this year's winner of the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2019. Cherylyn was presented with her award by Professor Elizabeth Wood during the School of Education graduation reception.
Cherylin's dissertation was nominated for the award by her course tutor, Dr Andrey Rosowsky, who commented “[This is] an outstanding piece of work ... From its powerful opening pages to the succinct and understated implications at the end, this dissertation, in turn, provokes, disturbs, moves and engages the reader in a manner few dissertations at this level do.”
If you would like to read more about Cherylyn's award, please see Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2019.
Internationalisation of the Curriculum
Tim Herrick has delivered a keynote workshop at The Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) Third Annual Internationalisation of the Curriculum Conference.
He was joined by Jasper Shotts from the University of Lincoln, and Madawi Alahmad and Delia Lazaroiu, both students from the University of Sheffield (pictured here). The conference was centred around internationalisation and decolonisation, with the workshop specifically focussing on partnership with students.
For further information about TILT Internationalisation of the Curriculum Conference, please visit their website.
Playing with my identity: Using story to share experiences of being affected by a genetic medical condition
The School of Education and the iHuman: Literacies Cluster invite you to a seminar with Dr Sue Wilson from Monash University, Australia. This research presentation reports on the development of a project investigating the experiences of young children throughout England who have been diagnosed with a genetic medical condition. Additionally, we observe diverse student groups in London and Melbourne when reading a book about difference. During the project, young people across England read the book, ‘Avery’, with their family and community members (such as medical staff, school community members or other groups). The book portrays how children with a diagnosis may feel and gives a window into understanding about difference. The presentation will share literature and initial understandings of how different people who do and do not have personal experiences of this genetic condition encounter the book, and how their understandings of the world and their place in it develops through these book discussions.
11th July from 1-2. Pool Seminar Room 116 in Jessop Building. All welcome. Please feel free to bring your lunch and no need to RSVP.
Bryony gains TESS Award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching
The Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences awards (TESS) are given by the Faculty of Social Sciences (which includes fourteen different departments at the University of Sheffield) to staff members who, in one way or another, have shown outstanding practice in supporting the learning of our students.
We're very pleased to announce that Bryony Black, Course Director of the PGDE, has been successful in gaining an award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching. The members of the TESS selection panel commented that her achievements with the PGDE programme "are most impressive".
Bryony will be presented with her certificate at the TESS Awards Event on Wednesday, 3rd July, 4pm -5pm in ICOSS.
Sabine shortlisted for UKLA award
We're delighted that the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) have announced that Sabine Little is shortlisted for the Brenda Eastwood Award. In its second year, The Brenda Eastwood Award for good practice in teaching for diversity and inclusion invites UKLA members to nominate schools, Early Years practitioners, teachers, HE Tutors, consultants or librarians who have shown good practice in empowering children to respect and appreciate diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, LGBTQ, socioeconomic status, national origin or age.
The winners will be announced at the awards on Saturday July 13th during the UKLA International Conference in Sheffield. Good luck, Sabine!
Top marks for School of Education postgraduate programmes
Three of the School of Education’s postgraduate programmes have received glowing reports after inspections from Ofsted and the British Psychological Society earlier this year.
Ofsted awarded the School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education a grade of ‘Good’ in all four categories and noted the programme’s strong support for local schools working in challenging circumstances.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) awarded the School’s Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology four commendations and continued accreditation of the course.
Further information about the inspection results can be found here.
Students Union Academic Awards 2019
Sabine Little and Tim Herrick were nominated in this year's Students' Union Academic Awards, Sabine for best PG supervisor, and Tim for feedback and assessment. Although Sabine wasn't successful in her category, she was congratulated on being shortlisted from over 500 nominations, specifically on her commitment to help distance learners feel part of the School and the University.
Tim was successful in two categories - the assessment and feedback category, and the overall award, for outstanding learning and teaching. Liz Wood, the Head of School, thanked them both for their ongoing commitment and support for the quality of our students' experiences.
Read more about the Academic Awards 2019 here.
New Directions in Critical Disability Studies
A postgraduate symposium aiming to share exciting new ideas in disability studies, and think critically about what it means to be human.
Tue, 9 July 2019
10:00 – 16:00 BST
Register for free here:
Provocations in Critical Disability Studies
Dan Goodley, Kirsty Liddiard and Katherine Runswick-Cole join speakers from around the world to discuss the current state and possible futures of critical disability studies.
Mon 8 July 2019
10:00 - 16:00
Register for free here:
Writing Histories of Education in the Brexit Era
Dr Heather Ellis will join academics from around the UK to speak at the 2019 BERA History SIG colloquium - 'Writing Histories of Education in the Brexit Era'
To find out more, click here
The UK global university in the Brexit era
Dr Heather Ellis and members of The Higher Education Research Cluster present a seminar to be held on the 24th June 2019 in Sheffield that will provide a valuable opportunity for researchers from various disciplines to initiate a much-needed dialogue by critically examining the complex challenges to the ‘global university’ posed by Brexit.
More info here
Towards an Ethical Vision for Language Education Research
Dr Jessica Bradley is invited speaker at the University of Leeds Centre for Language Education Research Lecture and Symposium 'Towards an Ethical Vision for Language Education Research' on 11th June 2019. This is an interactive one-day symposium of language researchers, educators and users, to celebrate the launch of CLER’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence Programme. The keynote lecture by Professor Lourdes Ortega will be followed by a series of creative multimodal reflections and research conversations of CLER members and friends (including Annamaria Pinter, Warwick; Jane Andrews, UWE Bristol; Jessica Bradley, Sheffield), as we reflect on future directions in ethical language education research. All welcome.
Decolonising the Social Sciences
Dr. Tony Williams joins speakers from around the world to facilitate conversations about the importance for the Social Sciences of the decolonising move within higher education.
More details are available here
New approaches to Adult Migrant Language Education
Dr Jessica Bradley will present her current research at an invited seminar for TESOL & Language Learning at Queens University Belfast on Thursday 23rd May 2019. Her talk will consider the potential for creative inquiry in language education research. The seminar is organised by the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)
More details are available here
“51% German”: Language, Nationality, and Identity in today’s super-diverse society
Dr Sabine Little explores identity and "Heritage Languages" amongst children of multi-lingual parentage.
This is free event at the Showroom Cinema (ticket required):
13 May 2019
15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX
New guidelines that help parents ensure safe use of social media
Professor Jackie Marsh along with BBC Children’s and Dubit, have conducted a study of children and young people's (aged 0-16) use of television and social media. This has led to the development of useful guidelines to help policymakers, the media, schools and parents work together to ensure children’s use of social media is safe and positive.
To find out more about the new guidelines, please read further: News.
Education is not a chocolate biscuit: needs, rights and humanity in education
At Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole's Inaugural Lecture she will expose the ways in which dis/abled children have been pushed to the margins of education and wider society, as the language of ‘need’ erodes a child’s ‘right’ to education. “If I tell you that I need a chocolate biscuit, you can tell me I don’t have a right to it and you can choose whether or not you give me the biscuit. Similarly if we describe some children as having special educational needs, not rights, then there is also a sense that meeting that need is optional. If we agree that non-disabled children have a right to their education then so should disabled children, regardless of whether or not some, or all, of that education is labeled as ‘special’. Education is a right for all. Education is not a chocolate biscuit.”
The lecture will take place on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 in Diamond Lecture Theatre 6. All welcome, book your place here on Eventbrite.
Jackie Marsh to Chair Expert Panel on apps for young children
Professor Jackie Marsh of the School of Education, University of Sheffield, has been appointed by the Department for Education to chair an Expert Panel on Early Language, Literacy and Communication Apps.
There are hundreds of educational apps on the market for parents to choose from when supporting their children’s learning using mobile phones or tablets, but little advice about their quality. To help tackle this, the Department for Education is bringing together a new advisory panel to assess existing apps, producing tips and guidance for parents on how to use them to aid their child’s learning, and to help them make informed decisions about which have the most educational value.
Find out more about the Expert Panel on Early Language, Literacy and Communication Apps.
New ESRC Collaborative Studentship
Congratulations to Dr Tim Herrick and Dr Becky Parry who have been awarded an ESRC Collaborative Studentship by The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) . The proposal submitted by Tim and Becky was subject to rigorous assessment and we are delighted that it was successful in such a highly competitive field. The Collaborative Studentship allows a student to engage in collaborative research with the local charity CRESST. The research focuses on developing peer-led conflict resolution approaches in digital and physical spaces, where the young people themselves are empowered to "do conflict well".
The studentship is either a 3 year project, or 1 + 3 including a Masters, and the School of Education will be advertising for candidates shortly for an October 2019 start.
Wonkfest 2018 award winner
We are incredibly proud that Professor Gareth Parry has been recognised for his truly outstanding contribution to higher education policy. At the Wonkfest 2018 award ceremony in London, Gareth was presented with the "Lifetime contribution to better higher education policy" by The Guardian. Congratulations to Gareth on a well deserved award.
Wonkfest is a festival of ideas and cutting edge debate about the future of universities, to find out more, please visit their website.
Imagining different futures with disabled young people
The ambitions and future goals of disabled young people with life-limiting and life-threatening impairments are being documented for the first time in an innovative study by the School of Education.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Living Life to the Fullest project, led by Dr Kirsty Liddiard, Professor Dan Goodley and Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole at the University of Sheffield, will be the focus of an event as part of the annual ESRC Festival of Social Science.
For further information about the project and to book to attend the Festival of Social Sciences event, please visit this webpage.
Festival of Social Sciences
Staff from the School of Education are taking part in ‘Understanding Society’, a series of free events examining the ideas that shape our everyday lives. There are events for all ages and interests, including talks, debates, performances, exhibitions and immersive experiences. Understanding Society is part of the national ESRC Festival of Social Science and events take place 3 – 10 November in a variety of venues.
Look out for these events:
The Co-Researcher Collective: Living Life To The Fullest (Dr Kirsty Liddiard); Science and Masculinity in WW1 Britain (Dr Heather Ellis); Make, Create and Play Together (Dr Liz Chesworth); A Story Journey - A Journey Story (Dr Sabine Little)
Please use this link for further information.
Are universities ‘safe spaces’ or places of challenge?
Tony Strike and James Wilsdon, will be holding a Higher Education Policy Network (HEPN) event in November
Panel includes: Professor Kathryn Ecclestone, Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, Mayeda Tayyab
Mon 19 November 2018, 16:00 – 18:00 GMT
Inox Dine: Level 5 Students' Union Building, Durham Road, Sheffield, S10 2TG
Click here for tickets and more information
Seeking a Black Historical Consciousness in Education
Dr. LaGarrett J. King from the University of Missouri joins us to talk about black historical consciousness in education.
Tue 23 October 2018, 12:30 – 15:00, University of Sheffield
WORKROOM 3, floor 2, The Diamond Building, 32 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, S3 7RD
Click here for tickets and more information
The Prevent Strategy in (Mental) Healthcare: Securitized Care Pathways under Austerity
Dr China Mills will be hosting a talk to discuss mental health under austerity and it's links with terrorism and the Prevent strategy.
Wed 5 December 2018, 16:30 – 18:00
Diamond Lecture Theatre 9, University of Sheffield
Click here for tickets and more information
Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition SchemeCongratulations to our two School of Education academic staff who have achieved their fellowships through the Personal Pathway and Foundation Pathway of the Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme.
Jamal Lahmar is a New Senior Fellow (SFHEA) and Eliel Cohen, is appointed as a New Fellow (FHEA).
More information about the Higher Education Academy Fellows can be found on this webpage.
2018 John Nisbet Fellow
We are delighted to announce that Professor Pat Sikes has been awarded a prestigious 2018 John Nisbet Fellow by the British Educational Research Association (BERA). Pat was nominated for this award for the outstanding contribution to educational research she has made over her career.
Read more about the 2018 John Nisbet Fellow.
Undergraduate Prize winner 2018
Suzanne Taff is the worthy recipient of the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2018. Suzanne was presented with her award by Professor Elizabeth Wood during the School of Education graduation reception.
Suzanne's dissertation was nominated for the award by her course tutor, Dr China Mills, as it showed strong evidence of sophisticated, scholarly and thoughtful research.
If you would like to read more about Suzanne's, please click on the link: Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2018.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
We offer a huge congratulations to our wonderful School of Education students who graduated yesterday and we are delighted to welcome you into our alumni community!
After the ceremony, we invited graduates and their families back to a reception where the Head of Department, Professor Elizabeth Wood, gave a speech congratulating the new alumni on their achievements.
For photographs of the Class of 2018 at our graduation reception, please click here.
The Lord Mayor pays a visit to our Makerspace
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid visited the Broomhall Community Centre on 3rd July to find out what the University of Sheffield's School of Education has been doing in relation to running an after-school club for local children. The University has been offering a 'makerspace' at the centre, which provides opportunities for children aged from 5-11 to engage in making activities such as arts and crafts, coding, woodwork and 3D printing. The children develop knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through engagement in the arts; also known as 'STEAM'.
The project is one strand of a wider set of makerspace projects that are offered by the MakEY project, an EU-funded reseach project that is led by the School of Education (http://makeyproject.eu).
The Lord Mayor met University staff and volunteers, talked to children and parents, and even joined in with some making activities, which including dancing with the children during the production of a music video! He will return to the Centre in October, when he will present the children with certificates that celebrate their maker skills.
Sheffield Young Makers exhibition
Children from Broomhall Nursery School, Clifford Church of England Primary School, Monteney Nursery and Norfolk Community Primary School will be proudly displaying their work in the Winter Gardens from 26 – 28 June.
The work was produced as part of a project led by Professor Jackie Marsh from the School of Education at the University of Sheffield - ‘Makerspaces in the early years: Enhancing digital literacy and creativity’ (MakEY). This is a European-funded project that involves researchers in six European countries and the USA.
Pop along to the exhibition, organised by the community arts organisation Ignite Imaginations working with the University of Sheffield, to look at the children’s work and find out about the potential value of makerspaces for early years education.
Sabine Little wins Learning and Teaching award
Congratulations go to Sabine Little, for winning one of the Faculty’s Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching Awards. This is excellent recognition of the many things she does, for the School, Faculty, and University, and for the high quality of her work.
The winners each receive a certificate and a £500 prize to support learning and teaching. The award ceremony and celebratory drinks reception will be held on Monday 25th June.
Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP) - open again - closing date 22nd June
The Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP) has been established to enable researchers to add to their experience. It encourages you to get the experience, information, training, advice or insights you need to enhance your career beyond your PhD. It does this by providing an award of between £100 and £1000 that can be used to pay for travel, accommodation, training fees or to provide a small salary to cover your time. It is your responsibility to set up the experience or create the opportunity but if you can do that, the scheme may cover some or all of the costs. This is a competitive process so we encourage you to read the guidelines in full and submit a strong application.
Researcher Challenge - 18th - 20th June, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield (non-residential)
Bringing PhD researchers together to find innovative solutions to real issues
The Researcher Challenge is a unique event developed by The University of Sheffield Careers Service specifically for PhD students from every department and faculty. It provides an opportunity to work on the current challenges and issues that impact organisations including charities, public sector organisations and businesses who are based in the region. Taking place over three days in the beautiful setting of the Kenwood Hall Hotel, you will have the opportunity to experience working innovatively with fellow researchers in a tranquil yet creative environment close to Sheffield city centre.
Why Include Children in Research? A Multidisciplinary Workshop
Join researchers from TUoS and special guest speaker Fiona Scott (Sheffield Hallam) to discuss the ethical complexities of children's participation in research.
Date/Time: Monday 25th June 2018 from 9.30 am till 1 pm
Location: 38 Mapping Street, Work room 3
Please click the here to register your attendance as places are limited:
School of Education alumna Ayesha Saeed Husaini wins British Council award
Congratulations to School of Education alumna Ayesha Saeed Husaini who has been awarded the British Council Social Impact Award for the Middle East and North Africa!
Ayesha has been a director of the Manzil Centre for People with Disabilities for 12 years. Her dream is to see every individual with a disability leading a life of dignity and financial independence. During 20 years’ in this field across India and the UAE, she has made a positive impact on 40,000 lives. Her Doctoral research at the University of Sheffield strengthened her leadership qualities and developed her abilities to form strategic partnerships on a local and international level.
Dr. Kirsty Liddiard featured in Top 10 Twitter list!
Dr Kirsty Liddiard has been named in disability charity Scope's Top 10 Disabled Women to Follow on Twitter. An avid tweeter, Kirsty regularly tweets about her research on disability arts, youth and activism, using the platform to disseminate and discuss ideas and findings with broader publics. You can follow Kirsty on Twitter using the handle @kirstyliddiard1
See the full list here
CCPE symposium on 'Mental health and education'
Friday 8th June - 09:30 - 15:00
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences
This symposium will provide an exciting opportunity for researchers and mental health professionals to explore mental health, young people and education in research, policy and practice.
To register your interest in attending this event please click here
Train to Teach Roadshow
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 – 4.30-8.00pm
Mercure Doncaster Centre Danum Hotel, DN1 1DN
The Train to Teach Roadshow is the perfect opportunity to find out more about teacher training and receive advice from experts and training providers. You will be able to find out everything you need to know about funding, the different training courses, how to submit a successful application and what a career in teaching is really like.
To register your interest in attending this event please click here
Literacy project Free Family Event: Sunday 25 March
All families are welcome to join us for a day of exciting reading-related activities at Weston Park Museum, on Sunday 25th March.
Come and join in the fun between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm at Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP.
Activities will be particularly suitable for families with pre-school and early school-age children. Throughout the day you can: join in story-time sessions; participate in craft activities (look out for the Snail and the Whale!); receive information on how to enjoy reading with your child.
You might also like to enjoy visiting the child-friendly exhibits at Weston Park Museum.
We hope to see you there!
Literacy project - Free CPD event for Practitioners
Dr Rachael Levy has been conducting research into early childhood Literacy, based on her research findings we are excited to be offering a day of continuous professional development for practitioners who work with families (for example, early childhood practitioners, health visitors, speech and language therapists, librarians, educational psychologists, etc.).
The day will focus on how we can encourage parents and caregivers to read regularly at home. Attendees will receive information on the latest research in the field, can engage in workshop activity and consider the implications of this for their own practice.
The event will be held at Weston Park Museum on 24th March, 9.30am-4.30pm and is FREE. To register your attendance please contact Kiera Solaiman at email@example.com. Places for this event will be limited, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.
Cathy Nutbrown is the new President of Early Education
We are delighted with the news that Professor Cathy Nutbrown has been appointed President of Early Education at The British Association for Early Childhood Education.
Early Education (The British Association for Early Childhood Education) is the leading independent national charity for early years practitioners and parents, campaigning for the right of all children to education of the highest quality.
Outstanding achievement award to former PGDE student
Congratulations to Stephen Gascoigne, a Physics teacher at Wickersley School and Sports College in Rotherham and former School of Education PGDE student, who has been awarded for outstanding achievement by the Institute of Physics in this years' awards.
Read more about Stephen's award here.
Congratulations to Rhianne Quigley, Rex Walford Award winner 2017
Former School of Education PGDE student, Rhianne Quigley, has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Rex Walford Award. The Rex Walford Award is part of Young Geographer of the Year, a national competition run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
EdD Student is awarded OBE for 'Services to Disabled Children and Children with Special Educational Needs'
EdD student Dr Jonty Clark recalls his time at Buckingham Palace after being awarded an OBE for ‘Services to Disabled Children and Children with Special Educational Needs'
Read about it here
Global mental health and therapeutic assemblages: concepts, controversy and necessary tensions
A two-day Conference (funded by the British Academy and organised through Sheffield Institute for International Development and the School of Education Centre for Critical Psychology and Education)
February 12-13th 2018 - The University of Sheffield
Click here for more information
Kirsty Liddiard double book launch
Huge congratulations to Kirsty Liddiard who this week has launched not just one, but two books.
You can find out more by clicking here
18th October - Symposium: Storying the human
How do humans constitute themselves, others and their world through stories? What power relations and politics are at work in storying? What are the responsibilities of researchers as story-tellers, story-makers, story disruptors? What can storying research help us to understand about affect, relations, materiality, embodiment? What are the stories of the non-human? Are rocks, rivers and rain storyful?
Presentations by staff and doctoral students interested in storying.
14th November 201, ICOSS Conference room 10.00 am – 3.45 pm
Dr Louise Phillips, University of Queensland: ‘Principles of storying from Indigenous, critical and feminist perspectives’ (10.10am-10.40am)
Prof Katherine Runswick-Cole, University of Sheffield: ‘Sounds of Silence(d): storying inclusion’ (1.15pm-1.45pm)
To join the Webinars online click here.
Book your place at the Symposium on Eventbrite.
Dr. Kirsty Liddiard at Bring On The Biscuits: Celebrating The Diversity Of The Human Mind
On the 7th November, Kirsty Liddiard will be leading a discussion on Neurodiversity as part of the Univeristy of Sheffield's Festival of Social Science.
Read all about it here
For more information on Festival of Social Science, click here
Professor Jackie Marsh conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)
We are delighted to announce that Professor Jackie Marsh has been confirmed as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Elizabeth Wood, said “The award recognises Jackie's exceptional contribution to the Social Sciences, for her ground-breaking research in the field of Literacies, and children's digital play which is highly regarded in the UK and internationally.”
You can read more about the award here.
Jamal Lahmar and Liz Chesworth part of exciting MakEY project
Liz Chesworth and Jamal Lahmar, both of the University of Sheffield were invited by Brock Education Professor Jennifer Rowsell to spend July in St. Catharines as part of the Makerspaces project.
You can find out more here
Students from The University of Sheffield Recognised by World’s Leading Academic Awards Programme
We are thrilled to announce that Lindsay Hirst, a student on the BA Education, Culture and Childhood, has been successful in this year’s University Awards (UA), the leading academic awards programme for undergraduate students!
More information can be found here