Professor Debra Myhill
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean

External responsibilities

Advice to Government, Parliament, devolved and English regional administrations, other national, international, regional or local agencies; advice to non-government organisations and to private practice

2001 National Literacy Strategy conference: 'Myths, Muddles and Misconceptions in learning Grammar', Keynote speaker.

2006 Invited participant in House of Commons seminar on research in post-16 writing, chaired by Barry Steerman, MP

Member of ITE Expert Group for English

Research consultant to the National Strategies English team for several projects between 2005 and 2011, including the Improving Writing support materials, and the DVD Teaching Speaking and Listening, distributed to all secondary schools.

Led the writing of the grammar strand of the revised National Curriculum for English in 2012/13 and has given advice to the Minister for Schools on Primary and Secondary English (2012/13).

Evidence of impact on policy and professional practice

2003: Annual Conference of the National Association of Advisers in English – Progress in English?  Keynote speaker.

2004: wrote Literature Review for OFSTED Review of Inspection Findings in English (published 2005) in recognition of my understanding of the research field (with Ros Fisher)

2005: keynote speaker at national conference on the future of English at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; alongside Andrew Motion, the poet laureate.

ESRC-funded 'TALK' project cited on DfES website and GTC website:
July 2006:

GTC Research of the Month Sept 2006:

2000-2003: University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: supporting research methodology for the national evaluation of the 1999 Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 English tests in writing; consultancy repeated in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.   The evidence from this evaluation was used to produce the Annual Standards Reports sent to all state schools

2003: Research consultant to National Key Stage 3 Strategy (English) developing Improving Writing materials, sent to all schools in 2003.

Member of the ITE Expert Group for English

External doctoral examining nationally and internationally

2006  EdD External Examiner: Jane Donati - Open University

2006 PhD External Examiner: Claire Mackay - Warwick University

2004 EdD External Examiner: Nora McCarthy - Open University

2007  EdD External Examiner Nabileh Haraty Brunel university

International recognition, such as international research collaborations, visiting research posts in overseas institutions, involvement at senior levels in international research associations, acting as referee for national and international research councils.

2007: hosting international conference of the International Association for Instruction in the Mother Tongue Education (IAIMTE)

Executive committee member (Secretary and Treasurer) of the European Association for Learning and Instruction (EARLI)

Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Joint Editor of Research Papers in Education

Major awards, Prizes and Honorary degrees, including election to national and international learned societies

Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research-based contributions to practitioner and academic conferences

2002: London Institute of Education Research seminar: invited speaker on Writing.

2002: Gloucester Deputy Heads Conference – Research Findings on boys’ underachievement. Keynote speaker.

2002: Cornwall Heads of English Conference - the NLS Framework. Keynote speaker.

2002: Hampshire Heads of English conference - Improving Writing.  Keynote speaker.

2002: National Literacy Strategy Conference - Whole Class Interaction in the Literacy Hour.

2002: West Midlands NATE – Creative Teaching, Creative Writing.  Keynote speaker. 

2001 National Literacy Strategy ‘Creativity’ conference: ‘Crafting and Creating’.  Keynote speaker. 

2005: Hong Kong (English Schools' Federation) leading in-servce training in English teaching based on research.

2006: keynote speaker at research strand of the National Association for the Teaching of English annual conference in February 2006

2006: keynote speaker at the annual conference of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (June 2006)

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