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9 September 2018 to 12 September 2018Newcastle

Professor Carol Vincent

Carol Vincent is a professor of sociology of education at UCL Institute of Education. She has extensive writing and research experience, especially with regard to families and their relationships with the education system. Recent ESRC-funded projects include work with colleagues on the educational strategies of the Black middle classes, and on children’s and adults’ friendships across social class and ethnic difference. A book focusing on this last project is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018 under the title of “Friendship and Diversity” . Carol is currently working on a project funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on teachers’ understandings and promotions of British values.

Professor Paul Miller

Paul Miller, PhD, is Professor of Educational Leadership & Management in the School of Education & Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and the first black academic to be appointed to a Professorship in Educational Leadership & Management at a British university.

He is President of the Institute for Educational Administration & Leadership- Jamaica (IEAL-J); a member of the Board of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM); a member of Council of the British Educational Leadership Administration Society (BELMAS); and a member of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Technical Working Group on Educational Leadership & Teaching Innovation.

Paul’s areas of research interests and expertise include: race and educational leadership, teacher migration and race, teacher migration and identity, teacher progression and how school leaders “do” leadership. He co-convenes the BELMAS Race & Educational Leadership RIG and is co-editor of Power & Education (P&E), Associate Editor for Educational Management Administration & Leadership (EMAL) and Associate Editor for International Studies in Educational Administration (ISEA).

His recent publications include School Leadership in the Caribbean: perceptions, practices, paradigms (editor, 2013); Cultures of Educational Leadership: Global and Intercultural Perspectives (editor, 2017) and Exploring School Leadership in England and the Caribbean: New Insights from a Comparative Approach (author, 2016). His 2016 paper, ‘White sanction’, institutional, group and individual interaction in the promotion and progression of black and minority ethnic academics and teachers in England, has received good reception both within and outside education.

Paul has been awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his research on teacher migration/ overseas trained teachers in England, and his work on Corruption in Education in Jamaica and England has been included in UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning database of research into Corruption in Education. He is Principal Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA). 

Professor Sue Dockett

Sue Dockett is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia. Over more than 30 years, she has been actively involved in early childhood education as a teacher, academic and researcher. Much of Sue’s current research agenda is focused on educational transitions; in particular, transitions to school and the expectations, experiences and perceptions of all involved. This research has been published widely, and has had substantial impact on policy, practice and research. Complementing her research around educational transitions is research that incorporates children’s perspectives, engages with families in diverse contexts, reflects upon the practices of educators, and explores the importance of working with communities.


Professor Lindsay Paterson 

Lindsay Paterson is Professor of Educational Policy in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. His main academic interests are in education, civic engagement and political attitudes. He has published widely on the expansion and purposes of higher education, on social mobility, on the relationship between education and civic values, on the twentieth-century history of Scottish education, and on Scottish politics. He has provided policy advice to the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee and to the Scottish Government.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.