News and events

16 January

Graduation Jan 2020 - ThumbnailPrize winners at Winter Graduation 2020

It was great to see so many of our graduates at our Post Graduation Ceremony and Reception on the 15th January. Many of our Postgraduate students celebrated with us in a whirlwind of photographs, certificates and mortarboards. Thank you to everyone who came.
It was also special to celebrate with our three prize winners for 2019. Line Osmundsen was awarded the Postgraduate Prize, the Rutland Prize was awarded to Rebecca Salter nee Keating, and the Marie Midolo Prize was awarded to MA in Early Childhood Education student Jennifer Formosa.

Read more about our prize winners and the Graduation celebration event.

4th December

Photograph of VietnamGlobal Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) trip to Vietnam

As part of the GLOSS scheme two members of staff and two students from the School of Education are currently visiting the Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood’s annual conference in Vietnam. Beth Grice and Ceri Simpson both students on our Education, Culture and Childhood BA are embarking on a fully funded visit to the conference where they will participate in high level meetings with parliamentarians and ministers for early childhood education. They are joined on the trip by academic staff Dr Emma Pearson and Dr Sabine Little.

You can find out more about the GLOSS scheme here.

11th November

Photograph of Graduands throwing morta boardsSchool of Education ranked within world’s top universities

We are one of the world’s leading universities for teaching and research in education, according to a subject ranking just published.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020 has ranked Sheffield in the top 100 in the world and 16th in the UK for teaching and research in education. One of the most renowned university league tables, the rankings highlight institutions that are leading in their subjects.

Head of School, Professor Liz Wood, said "Our place in the THE rankings reflects our strong commitment to excellence in our research-led teaching, and in our research. Building on our REF 2014 success, we continue to engage our students in research that spans UK and international contexts, with a critical focus on equity, diversity and inclusion".

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

5th November

Image of multilingual booksLiteracies Cluster December Research Events

Announcing a series of events taking place during December at Sheffield co-organised by: Literacies Research Cluster, School of Education; Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School; School of Languages and Cultures; Centre for Luxembourg Studies; Supported by iHuman.

For details and booking, please see the Multilingualism at Sheffield poster.

4th November

Towards inclusive education in AustraliaCYDA report

We're delighted that School of Education researchers are cited in the Australian government's approach to inclusion in schools. Professor Dan Goodly, Professor Katherine Runswick-Cole and Dr Kirsty Liddiard's work is being used to inform a report for Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA).

The report entitled, Towards inclusive education: A necessary process of transformation, was published in Australia in October.

28th October

Lore and Language book cover60 Years of the Lore and Language of Schoolchildren

A free half-day conference to be held at Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP

Friday, 15 November 2019, 2.30–5.30 pm

The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren by Iona and Peter Opie was published by Oxford University Press on 5 November 1959. It broke new ground in the study of contemporary school-aged children’s culture. This half-day conference looks back on the Opies’ work in this field, and considers children’s language and folklore, and the sources and methods by which it is studied, in the sixty years since 1959.

The conference is free but please register in advance via the conference Eventbrite page.

25th October

Halloween-themed bake sale for Parikrma School and Baale Mane girls' orphanage

PGDE visit to Indian schoolOur PGDE course runs a yearly trip to India. During the trip we will spend some time teaching in the Parikrma School and Baale Mane girls' orphanage. Each year the group take their own resources and donate them to the school and orphanage, however to be able to buy the necessary resources we must do some fundraising.

Over the coming months the PGDE students attending the India trip will be organising a series of fundraising events that we'd love you to be involved in.

The first of these events will be a Halloween-themed bake sale in the Portobello foyer from 12:30pm-1:30pm on Thursday 31st October. There'll be a range of cakes to purchase and there will be some vegan, nut-free and gluten-free options.

We would love to raise as much money for the school and girls' orphanage, so please come along and contribute if you can!

If you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute to the fundraising, there's a crowdfunding page here.

16th October

Festival of Social Sciences

Logo for Festival of Social SciencesStaff 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 2 – 9 November in a variety of venues.

Look out for these events: Creativity and Co-production: Possibilities For Research led by Dr Kirsty Liddiard; Multilingualism In The City led by Dr Jessica Bradley and Make, Play and Learn: A Makerspace led by Professor Jackie Marsh.

Please use this link for further information and search For Kids under the Events & Exhibitions tab.

2nd October

Student success at the Global Undergraduate Awards

Photograph of Katie MansfieldKatie Mansfield scoops Regional winner for two categories at the Global Undergraduate Awards (UA), the world’s largest international academic awards programme, recognising innovation and excellence at undergraduate level across all disciplines..

Katie, a student on the English Language and Linguistics BA, wrote the paper she submitted to the Education category whilst studying on the Philosophies of Education module in The School of Education. Her essay entitled 'Alasdair MacIntyre and Education in Modernity, explored some of the main tenets of MacIntyre’s ideas about education in modernity and investigating the extent to which his claims can be supported from the angle of performativity and neoliberalism in present-day education.

Katie is hoping to attend the Global Summit in Dublin later this year, where she will have the opportunity to present her research to an audience of other students also recognised by the UA awards.

We extend our congratulations to Katie on her fantastic achievement.

24th July

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Photograph of Graduands throwing morta boardsOver 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.

19th July

Undergraduate Prize winner 2019

Photograph of Cherylyn Waite and Elizabeth WoodCherylyn 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.

15th July

Internationalisation of the Curriculum

Photograph from TILTTim 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.

4th July

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.

31st May

Bryony gains TESS Award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching

Photograph of Bryony BlackThe 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.

30th May

Sabine shortlisted for UKLA award

sabine awardWe'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!

29th May

Top marks for School of Education postgraduate programmes

Photograph of PG StudentsThree 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.

23rd May

Students Union Academic Awards 2019

Photograph of Tim presented with awardSabine 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.

23rd May

new directionsNew 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:

23rd May

Provocations in Critical Disability StudiesDoll

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:

23rd May

Writing Histories of Education in the Brexit EraBrexitGlobe

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

22nd May

The UK global university in the Brexit erabrexit

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

22nd May

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.

Register here.

22nd May

Decolonising the Social SciencesTonyWilliamsPattern

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

22nd May

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

13th May

“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
Showroom Cinema
15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX

28th March

Photograph of two people using smart phonesNew 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.

26th February

Education is not a chocolate biscuit: needs, rights and humanity in educationPhoto of Katherine Runswick-Cole

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.

30th January

Jackie Marsh to Chair Expert Panel on apps for young children

Photograph of young children on ipadsProfessor 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.

29th January

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.

6th November

Wonkfest 2018 award winner

Gareth's awardWe 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.

5th November

Imagining different futures with disabled young people

Living Life to the Fullest PhotographThe 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.

24th October

majidnewsFestival 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.

9th October

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

9th October


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

9th October

china-mills-mental-healthThe 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

31st July

Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition SchemePhotograph of Eliel Cohen - Jamal Lahmar

Congratulations 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.

Photograph of Pat Sikes30th July

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.

19th July

Undergraduate Prize winner 2018

Photograph of Suzanne TaffSuzanne 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.

19th July

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Photograph of graduation summer 2018We 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.

4th July

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 (

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.

17th June

Sheffield Young Makers exhibition

Photograph of Maker SpacesChildren 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.

10th May

Sabine Little wins Learning and Teaching award

sabine awardCongratulations 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.

10th May

Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP) - open again - closing date 22nd June

Researcher ChallengeThe 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.

9th May

Researcher Challenge - 18th - 20th June, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield (non-residential)
Bringing PhD researchers together to find innovative solutions to real issues

Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP)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.

2nd May

Children_ResearchWhy 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:

24th April

AlumnaawardSchool 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.

18th April

KirstyTwitterDr. 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

17th April

CCPE symposium on 'Mental health and education'MHSymp
Friday 8th June - 09:30 - 15:00
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

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

14th March

Train to Teach Roadshow 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 – 4.30-8.00pm
Mercure Doncaster Centre Danum Hotel, DN1 1DN

Train to TeachThe 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

8th March

Literacy project Free Family Event: Sunday 25 March

SnailWhaleAll 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!

8th March

Literacy project - Free CPD event for Practitioners

CPD-LevyDr 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 Places for this event will be limited, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

26th January

Cathy Nutbrown is the new President of Early Education

Cathy NutbrownWe 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.

9th January

Photograph of Stephen GascoigneOutstanding 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.

12th December

Congratulations to Rhianne Quigley, Rex Walford Award winner 2017

Photograph of Rhianne QuigleyFormer 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).

Read more about Rhianne's award here and in her blog in Student Matters here.

1st December

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

9th November

Global mental health and therapeutic assemblages: concepts, controversy and necessary tensions

China_mentalhealthA 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
Room tbc.

Click here for more information

3rd November

Kirsty Liddiard double book launch

Kirsty Liddiard BooksHuge 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

iHumanHow 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

Keynote Webinars:
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.

18th October

Dr. Kirsty Liddiard at Bring On The Biscuits: Celebrating The Diversity Of The Human Mind

Festival_Social_Science_NeurodiversityOn 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

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18th October

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.

17th October

Jamal Lahmar and Liz Chesworth part of exciting MakEY project

Makers_Space_Jamal_LizLiz 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

5th October

Students from The University of Sheffield Recognised by World’s Leading Academic Awards Programme

UA AwardsWe 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