Dr Phil Bamber to speak at UNESCO Conference

Associate Professor Phil Bamber has been invited to attend the UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education, in Ottawa, Canada.

Dr Bamber will be on a panel discussing regional perspectives on preparing teachers to teach global citizenship education as part of the ‘Third UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCED): the Role of Teachers’.

The panel will be chaired by the Director of Global Education Network Europe, and includes Professor Massimiliano Tarozzi from the University of Bologna and Franz Halbartschlager from NGO Südwind, Austria.

Dr Bamber will be disseminating a background paper for the 2017 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report entitled ‘A Review of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education in Teacher Education’, which he is co-authoring with colleagues from University College London.

The week-long event will provide an opportunity to share and discuss trends and innovation in pedagogical approaches and practices, as well as exchange good practice.

Dr Bamber is Associate Director of the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network, which is hosted by Liverpool Hope University. This trip is being funded by UNESCO and the Development Education Research Centre, UCL Institute of Education, London.

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Cosmopolitan Perspectives on Academic Leadership in Higher Education

Dr Frank Su’s latest book ‘Cosmopolitan Perspectives on Academic Leadership in Higher Education’ (edited with Dr Margaret Wood) has been published by Bloomsbury. This book explores what academic leadership in higher education might mean in the cosmopolitan and increasingly globalised 21st century through individual academics’ narrative accounts drawn from a range of international contexts. The book shows that academic leadership is key to an individual’s development and that it could mean different things in different settings as acadecosmopolitan-perspectivesmics operate across the levels of professional practice, institutional organisation, sector-wide systems and international networks.

This book argues for the importance of cosmopolitan perspectives on academic leadership which are developed from the particularities of local and everyday situated experience. Part I of the book explores key theoretical perspectives; Part II provides first-hand accounts from the contributors of their own development as academic leaders; and Part III discusses some of the implications for those with responsibility for academic development and for all those concerned with developing the qualities necessary for leadership practices.

Commenting on the book, Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Education at University of Wisconsin, USA, states that ‘In a time when corporate agendas and approaches to leadership are becoming the new common-sense in higher education, we definitely need the voices of alternatives. Cosmopolitan Perspectives on Academic Leadership in Higher Education gives voice to the spaces where these more ethically and socially committed alternatives can and will grow’.

For more details see the book on the Bloomsbury website.

Migrant academics and professional learning gains: grant award

Dr Namrata Rao, along with Professor Ian Kinchin and Dr Anesa Hosein (University of Surrey), has been awarded funding by the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) for their project entitled Migrant Academics and Professional Learning Gains: Perspectives of the Native Academics’.

Recently, the UK voted to exit the European Union (EU). This so-called ‘Brexit’ highlighted a perception that native workers are disadvantaged due to the presence of migrant workers. However, as the UK Higher Education (HE) sector is comprised of over a quarter (28%) migrant academics (HESA, 2016) from different educational and professional value systems, the British academic may gain a wide variety of professional knowledge through working with their migrant colleagues. The research aims to explore these professional learning (non-) gains of the British academic and how it particularly affects the nature of their pedagogical work.

For more information contact Namrata Rao.

Call for Papers British Education Studies Association Conference

The 13th Annual Conference of the British Education Studies Association (BESA) will be held at Liverpool Hope University from 29th – 30th June 2017 (Hope Park Campus). The theme is”Education as a collaborative process: the entanglement of ethics, research, policy and practice.” Abstract deadline: Friday 3rd March 2017

For more information and to submit visit: http://educationstudies.org.uk/conferences/.