Research events

Research events play an important role in our active research culture. Academic staff from the University and other institutions come together with students to share and debate the latest ideas and developments.

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8 December 2017 - 26 February 2018

2018 Education Research Conference: First Call for Papers

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20 February 20189:30

Technology and Electoral Research: Perspectives from Industry and Academia

This conference is the closing event for VOTEADVICE, a four-year research project funded by the European Commission to investigate the impact of new technologies on political behaviour. The scientific objectives of VOTEADVICE have been to produce research related to how new technologies and social media influence political and social behaviour. In order to achieve this aim the Research Network developed and applied techniques for the analysis of non-probability samples, online surveys and experiments and eye tracking tools.. Full details
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20 February 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Quasi experimental methods. In this session, Dongbo Zhang will lead an overview and discussion of quasi-experimental research designs.. Full details
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21 February 201814:00

GSE Research Review Group

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21 February 201817:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Akanksha Mehta - Negotiating Space on the Right: Everyday Politics of Israeli Zionist Settler Women in the Southern West Bank

Right-wing movements that have mobilised women have had very uneasy encounters with feminism and feminist politics. Focusing mainly on themes of motherhood and the familial, feminist scholars often view the increasing participation of women in the right-wing as a 'problem' that needs to be 'countered,' thereby silencing the multiplicity of narratives, roles, and politics that encapsulate the everyday experiences of right-wing women. Moreover, dominant theorizations of right-wing women either depict them as ‘subjects/victims/pawns’ of right-wing men that live in ‘false consciousness’ or as beings with a ‘quasi/partial/limited’ agency; ignoring sites of complexities, contradictions, subversions, and resistance among right-wing women. In this paper, drawing on ethnographic research conducted with right-wing women in the Zionist Settler movement in Palestine-Israel in 2014, I present narratives that examine the intersections of settler women’s everyday politics and space. I argue that through a politics of the everyday, Zionist settler women construct, transform, and negotiate with space and spatialities. These negotiations on the right not only further their political violence and settler colonialism but also become means to bargain with patriarchal communities/homes, male-formulated ideologies and discourses, and male-dominated right-wing projects and spaces. These spatial negotiations replicate and affirm as well as subvert and challenge patriarchal structures and power hierarchies, troubling the binaries of home/world, private/public, personal/political, and victim/agent. Akanksha Mehta is a lecturer in International Relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. She teaches courses on gender, sexuality, race, and political violence. She finished her PhD at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London in 2016, writing a thesis on the everyday politics of right-wing women in the Hindu Nationalist Movement in India and Israeli Zionist Settler Project in the West Bank, Palestine. Her thesis uses ethnographic and narrative material to interrogate conceptualisations of space, agency, violence, and everyday politics. She is currently working on the book manuscript for this project. More recently, she is thinking and writing about critical intersectional and feminist pedagogies and is a part of the Decolonize Sussex movement. She is also a photographer and visual artist.. Full details
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23 February 201816:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentation by Nick Dickinson, PhD Candidate

Parliamentarians and their Regulators: dilemmas of accountability, legitimacy and credibility inside ‘the regulatory state within Westminster’ in the UK and Australia. Full details
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27 February 201812:00

STEM Centre meeting

The Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education brings together academics and research students concerned with aspects of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full details
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27 February 201817:00

Seminar by Emeritus Professor Ian Menter (University of Oxford) Teacher education and government: a tale of two countries

The relationships between politics and teacher education have become increasingly close over recent decades in many contexts around the world, often causing significant challenges as well as some opportunities. Full details
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28 February 201812:30

Lesson Study Network

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28 February 201813:00

Cake for Comments Series: Alice Moseley, (Exeter), Alistair Clark (Newcastle) and Emily Rainsford (Newcastle)

Grant Application ‘Countering Political Disaffection: Online interventions to enhance electoral registration amongst non-voting citizens'. Full details
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28 February 201815:00

Prof. Marco Loos presents "Why you should (not) bother to read Terms and Conditions. An interdisciplinary approach to improving readership, trust and understanding of Terms and Conditions"

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28 February 201817:15

Visiting Speaker: Dr Haila Manteghi - The Alexander Romance in Persian History and Literature

In Persian tradition and literature, Alexander the Great is usually depicted with two faces – either as the two-horned one of the Qur’an or as the accursed-one of Zoroastrian tradition. This lecture endeavours to show that Persian literature, legend and mythopoetics has much more to say about Alexander than simply this, while demonstrating why and how the Persian image of Alexander is completely distinguishable from the Islamic portrayal of the world conqueror. I will concentrate on how the Greek Alexander Romance entered classical Persian literature, revealing how Alexander became as Persian as any other hero/king in the Persian tradition, as well as illustrate with great detail how Alexander is pictured in the works of great Persian poets ranging from the tenth to seventeenth century, with particular focus on Nizami’s Book of Alexander. I also demonstrate the existence of a positive view of Alexander in both Classical Arabic and Persian sources that is not just the result of biases derived from the Islamic era, but which also reflects the viewpoint of the pre-Islamic Persian depiction of Alexander.. Full details
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5 March 201815:30

Lorna Finlayson (University of Essex) “Madness, present and pervasive: Laingian social pathology and the spectre of organicism”

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6 March 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral session: variety in qualitative data collection methods. This workshop will look at alternatives to very familiar qualitative data collection processes, such as interviews, and consider how richer data might be secured if different methods are used.. Full details
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6 March 201813:30

Post-Structural Reading Group (PSRG)

Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the application of post-structural theoretical approaches to educational research. Post-structural theories intersect with some of CenCSE’s interests owing to the open-ended and emergentist nature of this perspective. Full details
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6 March 201815:30

CRPL Research Tea - Professions as Politics: the Medical Profession and its End in the United States, 1783-1860

In a striking case of professional collapse, the medical profession in the United States gave way to a raucous free market for healthcare around the middle of the nineteenth century. To explain the causes and consequences of these events, we draw on insights from political sociology to probe the origins of opposition to the medical profession. Dominant professions must both maintain cultural authority over potential rivals and secure the support of state officials in order to maintain their advantages. We argue that the cultural and institutional power of a dominant profession can be overturned if challenger occupational groups organize and mobilize actively, and if populist political coalitions find that anti-professional sentiments resonate with the electorate. Moreover, each of these processes can reinforce the other, lending the normally staid world of professions the character of a contentious social movement arena. Our analysis contributes to sociological knowledge of the professions by demonstrating that the loss of professional power is not simply a case of professionalization in reverse. Instead, political dynamics within professional and political ecologies can give rise to insurgent forces that challenge the foundation of professional power. Full details
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7 March 201812:00

Language hub lunch

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7 March 201812:30

Public Policy Seminar Series: Matt Lobley, Professor in Rural Resource Management

“Farmers are hefted onto land and we don't transplant very easily”: The challenge of retirement in the agricultural sector. Full details
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7 March 201813:00

Cake for Comments Series: Stephen Greasley, Lecturer in Politics, Exeter

‘Corporate reputation in the outsourced state’ (draft article). Full details
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8 March 201812:20

Education Theory Reading Network

Reading: The Contribution of Educational Research to Teachers’ Professional Learning - Philosophical Understandings (Chris Winch, Alis Oancea, Janet Orchard. 2013). Full details
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8 March 201813:30

Religion, Spirituality and Education Network meeting

This network brings together researchers with an interest in the areas of religion, spirituality and education and provides a lively and supportive space in which to share ideas and beliefs and to compare them with those from other disciplines and cultural backgrounds; and to explore new syntheses and emerging understandings within the network and the wider society. Full details
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9 March 201816:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentation by Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska

‘Professionalised but yet participatory? Membership involvement across parties, advocacy groups and service providing organisations in the UK and Norway’ (co-authored with Torill Stavenes). Full details
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9 March 201817:00

Annual Lasok Lecture by AG Eleanor Sharpston "Quo vadis, civis Europeus?"

This year's annual Lasok Lecture will be delivered by Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston on, "Quo vadis, civis Europeus?". Full details
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12 March 201812:30

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Centre brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues. Full details
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13 March 201813:00

Seminar by Professor Dongbo Zhang (University of Exeter) Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Reading Development

In this talk, I will discuss development of reading abilities from cross-linguistic perspectives. Print represents spoken language, which is a universal principle that holds across languages; yet how specifically different linguistic units are encoded in print vary from language to language. The similarities and variations in language-to-print mapping relationships suggest universal as well as language/script-specific processes in early reading development. Full details
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14 March 201812:30

Public Policy Seminar Series: Alice Moseley, Lecturer in Politics

New Frontiers in Public Administration: The Behavioural Perspective. Full details
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15 March 201812:30

CRPL - Centre Meeting

Members of CRPL share an interest in comparing and contrasting learning within and across different professional contexts. Full details
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20 March 201810:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Reading-writing connections. Dongbo Zhang will talk through some of his ideas for a new research grant looking at vocabulary in reading and writing.. Full details
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20 March 201811:30

CRPR-LEEP Seminar Series: Reflections on a Nuffield Farming Scholarship

As part of a Nuffield Farming Scholarship Jonathan Baker visited Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand to explore their agricultural and environmental policies. Jonathan’s seminar will pull out key themes, tools and thoughts from his trip. Full details
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20 March 201812:30

Lesson Study Network

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21 March 2018

External speaker: Catharine Macmillan

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21 March 201810:00

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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21 March 201812:30

Public Policy Seminar Series: Oliver James, Professor of Politics

The Data Revolution in Government Performance Reporting: Evidence from Experiments with Citizens and Users. Full details
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21 March 201813:00

Cake for Comments Series: Benjamin Lyons, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Exeter

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21 March 201814:30

Politics Departmental Research Seminar (Term 2) - Professor Milja Kurki, Aberystwyth University: 'Sovereignty’s Unseen Battle Battalions: Democracy Support as a Practice of Sovereignty'

From Trump supporters to Brexiteers, last few years have seen a rise of ‘sovereigntism’, a renewed defence of the principle of sovereign statehood as a principle of governance. This has been surprising for many analysts and practitioners of politics as they had increasingly come to the view that the principle of sovereignty had either waned in its classical (Westphalian) meaning or had transformed into something new, at best a qualified, fragmented, externally-conditioned kind of sovereign principle. Yet, precisely this expectation reveals the lack of attention paid by analysts and political practitioners to a series of deep, and long-running, battle-battalions of the classical principle of sovereignty in global politics. These battle-battalions have remained ‘hidden’ and their defence of sovereignty has been by and large ‘implicit’; yet, they have been powerful and sustained in their efforts to stamp down on political struggles for forms of governance not premised on sovereignty. Focused on one such battle-battalion – the policy practice of democracy support and the attached agendas of development – this article seeks to both a. convey the intensity of hidden battles over sovereignty over the last three decades and b. the role seemingly innocuous, liberal, seemingly non-sovereigntist policy tools in elimination of actors and activities advocating non-or 'extra'-sovereign political imaginations. I argue that to understand the centrality of the defence of sovereignty for these efforts helps us understand the surprising resilience of sovereign political form. Furthermore, highlighting the role of the long-running battle-battalions for sovereignty ‘hidden in plain sight’ also helps us to grapple with the limits of global political imagination and democratic politics in 21st century international politics.. Full details
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22 March 201817:30

"Democracy and human rights in a changing constitution"

Professor David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge presents... "Democracy and human rights in a changing constitution" It is a challenging time for both democracy and human rights. Democracy is threatened by foreign interference and domestic attacks on freedom of speech; human rights are politically contentious, and uncomfortable, politically inspired compromises are being made. In the UK, which used to have parliamentary democracy uncontroversially at the constitution's heart, international and domestic pressures are weakening power-centres and making it harder to give effect to important values. To overcome these problems, we need to be clear about core values and must be prepared to stand up to attacks on them. The talk will consider some of the issues which we, as academics and lawyers, have a special responsibility to address for the public good.. Full details
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23 March 20189:30

2018 Education Research Conference

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23 March 201816:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentations by Francesca Farmer and Torill Stavenes

Francesca Farmer, ‘Cybercrime vs hacktivism: do we need a differentiated regulatory approach?’ Torill Stavenes, 'Money and members: An analysis of the influence of state funding on centralisation in new minor parties in Italy'. Full details
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27 March 201812:00

STEM Centre meeting

The Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education brings together academics and research students concerned with aspects of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full details
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28 March 201813:00

Individualised Criminalisation: The Rise and Rise of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order and the Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Professor Stephen Shute (University of Sussex) presents, Individualised Criminalisation: The Rise and Rise of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order and the Sexual Harm Prevention Order. Full details
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28 March 201813:00

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Professor Stephen Shute (University of Sussex) Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Full details
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9 - 11 April 2018

British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) Conference 2018

The British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) Conference is coming to the University of Exeter 9th – 11th April 2018. We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for this years’ BRAIS conference which will take place at the University of Exeter, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Islam (CSI) at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. The British Association for Islamic Studies is the UK’s leading learned society and professional organisation focused on enhancing research and teaching about Islam and Muslim cultures and societies in UK higher education. This is an exciting event which will include presentations from a number of Exeter students and staff. Please view the draft programme at: http://www.brais.ac.uk/conferences/brais-conference-2018/brais-2018-programme “ To register for this event please go to: http://store.exeter.ac.uk/conferences-events/college-of-social-sciences-and-international-studies/conferences/fifth-annual-conference-of-the-british-association-for-islamic-studies-brais The deadline for guaranteed accommodation is Monday 12th February (subject to availability). Final registration is Monday 19th March.. Full details
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13 April 201816:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentations by Adrian Colston and Burcin Demirbilek

Adrian Colston, ‘Stakeholder attitudes to the narratives of the Dartmoor Commons: tradition and the search for consensus in a time of change’ Burcin Demirbilek (Penryn), (TBC). Full details
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19 April 201812:30

CRPL - Centre Meeting

Members of CRPL share an interest in comparing and contrasting learning within and across different professional contexts. Full details
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20 April 201816:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentation by Lily Habash Shayebhilal

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24 April 201812:00

STEM Centre meeting

The Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education (STEM) brings together academics and research students concerned with aspects of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full details
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25 April 201814:00

GSE Research Review Group

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27 April 201813:00

Hostile Takeovers and Corporate Law in China

Professor Ciyun Zhu (Tsinghua University School of Law, China) presents, 'Hostile Takeovers and Corporate Law in China'. Full details
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30 April 201812:30

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Centre brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues. Full details
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1 May 201813:30

Post-Structural Reading Group (PSRG)

Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the application of post-structural theoretical approaches to educational research. Post-structural theories intersect with some of CenCSE’s interests owing to the open-ended and emergentist nature of this perspective. Full details
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1 May 201815:30

CRPL Research Tea

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2017/18 academic year. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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3 May 201812:30

Education Theory Reading Network

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8 May 201810:30

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Understanding Writing through Corpus Linguistic Methods. Phil Durrant will outline preliminary findings from the Growth in Grammar project.. Full details
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8 May 201817:00

Seminar by Dr Joanne Pearce (University College London) From Anthroposophy to non-confessional preparation for spirituality?

It has been suggested common schools might be able to learn from spiritual education in Steiner schools. This assumes practice in Steiner schools is compatible with the aims of spiritual education in common schools. I question this by considering whether the former is confessional, as the latter should not be. I explain how my concern about the potentially confessional nature of Steiner spiritual education arose. I then argue for a nuanced understanding of confessional education, distinguishing between ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ confessional education, as well as between confessional education as intentional and as defined by outcome. I argue that spiritual education in common schools should prepare pupils for spirituality, without being confessional. I consider whether Steiner schools are confessional by drawing upon findings from research conducted at six Steiner schools. Full details
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9 May 201812:00

Language hub lunch

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11 May 201816:30

Politics PGR Research Seminar Series: Presentation by Rebecca Baker

Measuring democratic quality? Youth participation in Plymouth.. Full details
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16 May 201814:30

Politics Departmental Research Seminar, Term 3. Professor Sara Hobolt, LSE. Title to be confirmed.

Title to be confirmed. Professor Hobolt's profile here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/european-institute/People/Academic-Staff/Hobolt-Sara. Full details
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17 May 201812:30

CRPL - Centre Meeting

Members of CRPL share an interest in comparing and contrasting learning within and across different professional contexts. Full details
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21 May 201812:30

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Centre brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues. Full details
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22 May 20189:00

Challenging Dominant Discourse

This workshop seeks to map connections between feminist methods in political science and political theory in order to share resources for questioning dominant methods across the discipline of politics. We welcome papers that investigate feminist methods in a variety of approaches to politics, including democratic theory, international relations, quantitative measurement, environmental politics, public policy, and normative political philosophy. Submissions may be works-in-progress, finished papers, or even past work. Participants are encouraged to read their own work through the lens of the question “how is this work feminist?” We hope the workshop will address questions such as: What are feminist methods? How do dominant methods marginalize women’s experience? How have technological advancements in quantitative methods reproduced gendered relations of power? How might feminist methods or practices open up interdisciplinary pathways between political science and political theory? How can methods in political science and political theory be intersectional? How does work on gender differ from feminist work? Must feminist projects deploy feminist methods?. Full details
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22 May 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Criticality in reading and writing. Feedback that writing needs to be more critical is very widespread in academic writing: this workshop will explore what it means to be critical.. Full details
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23 May 201810:00

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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29 May 201812:00

STEM Centre meeting

The Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education (STEM) brings together academics and research students concerned with aspects of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full details
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5 June 2018

CRPL Research Tea

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2017/18 academic year. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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5 June 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Qualitative Data Coding Workshop 1. This is the first of a pair of workshops which will give practical experience of coding qualitative data.. Full details
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5 June 201813:30

Post-Structural Reading Group (PSRG)

Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the application of post-structural theoretical approaches to educational research. Post-structural theories intersect with some of CenCSE’s interests owing to the open-ended and emergentist nature of this perspective.. Full details
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5 June 201817:00

Seminar by Dr Laura Black (University of Manchester) Deepening Engagement in Mathematical Learning: A question of ‘identity’?

This seminar will focus on the concept of identity and its value for exploring both engagement in learning and alienation from formal schooling. I will draw on work from across our research projects which have looked at students’ relationships with mathematics in a variety of contexts, including post 16 A-level mathematics, mathematically demanding programmes at university and more recently in early primary school (aged 5-6 years old). I will argue that identity provides a useful way to understand how our experiences ‘in practice’ become crystallised (through reflection) into statements about who we are as a person – for example, ‘I did this well’ may become ‘maths makes sense to me’ and eventually ‘I am gifted at maths’. Our work in this area has considered how students’ mathematical identities are mediated by practices which are classed, gendered etc. Therefore, in this seminar, I will argue that researching ‘identity’ is not merely a matter of addressing the STEM agenda by increasing engagement (and participation) in mathematically related subjects, but rather it can provide a lens through which to study the function mathematics plays in re-producing broader social inequalities in education.. Full details
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7 June 201812:30

Education Theory Reading Network

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18 June 201817:00

Seminar by Phil Durrant and Mark Brenchley (University of Exeter) Understanding development in children's writing through corpus research

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19 June 201810:00

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Qualitative Data Coding Workshop 2. This is the second of a pair of workshops which will give practical experience of coding qualitative data.. Full details
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21 June 201812:30

CRPL - Centre Meeting

Members of CRPL share an interest in comparing and contrasting learning within and across different professional contexts. Full details
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25 June 201812:30

Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Centre brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities, and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues. Full details
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26 June 2018

STEM Centre meeting

The Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education (STEM) brings together academics and research students concerned with aspects of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full details
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27 June 201814:00

GSE Research Review Group

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3 July 2018

Post-Structural Reading Group (PSRG)

Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in the application of post-structural theoretical approaches to educational research. Post-structural theories intersect with some of CenCSE’s interests owing to the open-ended and emergentist nature of this perspective. Full details
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3 July 201815:30

CRPL Research Tea

The Centre for Research in Professional Learning are holding regular discussion sessions, known as Research Teas, throughout the 2017/18 academic year. All are welcome to attend. Full details
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5 July 201812:30

Education Theory Reading Network

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18 July 201810:00

GSE Director of Research Advisory Group (DoRAG)

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31 July 201812:00

STEM Centre meeting

The Centre for Science, Maths and Technology Education (STEM) brings together academics and research students concerned with aspects of education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Full details
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18 October 201910:00

Rob Merkin: Plenary Session, Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference

Asia-Pacific Insurance Conference October 2017, Singapore. Full details
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