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John Furlong

Emeritus Professor of Education at University of Oxford

John Furlong, OBE is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College.

From 2003 – 2009 he was head of the Department of Education at Oxford having previously held posts at Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and Cambridge Universities. A former President of the British Educational Research Association, he was elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004.

His current research interests centre on both teacher education and educational research policy and the links between them. He has been author of a number of government reports on teacher education over recent years – Wales (2007), Brunei (2008), the Republic of Ireland (2013), Northern Ireland (2014) and Wales (2015). He is currently an adviser to the Welsh Government on Initial Teacher Education and Chair of the Teacher Education Accreditation Board for Wales. In 2013-14 he was Chair of the BERA-RSA Inquiry into Research and Teacher Education. He was a member of the 2008 and 2014 RAE/REF sub-panels in Education in the UK, and Convenor of the Education Panel for the Hong Kong RAE 2014. In 2015, his book, Education – an anatomy of the discipline, was awarded first prize by the British Society for Educational Studies, for the best educational research of the year; his most recent book (edited with Geoff Whitty), Knowledge and the Study of Education – an international exploration, was published by Symposium Books in June 2017. John was awarded the OBE for services to research in education and advice to government in 2017.

John Furlong undertook his PhD while a teacher in a London comprehensive school. On completion of his thesis he began a full time career for six years as a research fellow, working first at Manchester University and then at Brunel University.

In 1981 he moved to Cambridge University where he was a lecturer in the sociology of education for 11 years; he was also director of studies in Social and Political Sciences at Corpus Christi College.

In 1992 John moved to Swansea University to take up his first Chair; he became Head of Department in 1993. In 1995 he moved to Bristol University, again serving as Head of Department, and then joined the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University in January 2000. He became Director of the Oxford University Department of Education in 2003, a post he held until December 2009.

From 1994 to 1997 he was a member of the national executive of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers. In 1998, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2003. John is an active member of the British Educational Research Association and served as President during the academic years 2003-5. His recent work for BERA includes being Chair of the Steering Committee for the BERA/RSA Inquiry into Research and Teacher Education.

In 2008 John was member of the 2008 RAE Education Sub-Panel; he was also a member of the 2014 REF Education Sub-Panel. In addition, he was Convenor of the Hong Kong 2014 RAE Panel for Education and a member of the 2013 RAE Social Sciences Panel for Latvia.

John has led and contributed to a number of policy reviews of initial teacher education for various governments: Wales (2007), Brunei (2008), the Republic of Ireland (2013) and Northern Ireland (2014).  His most recent national review was in Wales (2015); since completing that review he has continued as an adviser to the Welsh Government on the reform of initial teacher education; he is also currently the Chair of the Teacher Education Accreditation Board for Wales.

John Furlong's contributions

BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award

Closes 16 Oct 2022

The BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award recognises and celebrates the impact of research and practice in the education community and how both have demonstrably engaged the public.

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