SES 2020 Anniversary Awards Small Grants Scheme

The Society for Educational Studies are delighted to announce the launch of the 2020 Anniversary Awards marking the sesquicentenary of the Elementary Education Act of 1870 in 2020, to support new research on educational reform legislation in a changing society. The Society for Educational Studies invites bids from researchers interested in making an original contribution to knowledge in the field of educational studies. Applicants applying for these grants must be affiliated with a British university, college or school and will be asked to become members of the SES if they are not already members. (Membership fee for 2018 is £30).

The maximum grant available for those applying for a 2020 Anniversary Award is £10,000 over one year. A maximum of six grants will be funded, depending on the quality of the applications.

Details of how to apply can be found at: or by emailing SES Administrator Aidan Thompson

Closing date for applications for the 2020 Anniversary Awards is 17.00 hours on Friday 31st August 2018.

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25% discount on books from Routledge

Members of the Society for Educational Studies will receive a 25% discount on books from Routledge and T&F.

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Educational reform legislation in the 20th century

Enjoy free access to the virtual special issue collection until  the 30th September 2018.

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RIP Professor Geoff Whitty CBE

It is with regret that we report the passing of SES Fellow Professor Geoff Whitty CBE. Prof. Whitty was a former Director of the Institute of Education, University of London. He led evaluations of the implementation of major education reforms and has assisted universities, schools and local authorities in building capacity for improvement. He was a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee for Education and a member of the General Teaching Council for England and the Board of Ofsted. He held visiting appointments in the USA, New Zealand and China and is was an Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University.

Society Chair Awarded New Year Honour

The Queen has, in the 2018 New Year Honours List (page N10), bestowed upon Professor James Arthur the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to education.

In accepting the honour, James acknowledged the contribution of his team at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham:

‘I am very honoured to be recognised in this New Year’s Honours List. To be awarded an OBE for my work in character education is also an acknowledgement of the incredible team in the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham.’

James will attend a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2018 to receive the award from the Queen.

2018 Oriel Colloquium Writers and their Education

Writers and their education brings together scholarly and literary-professional examination of conceptions, perceptions and representations of education in the lives and works of writers across all genres of literary fiction (biography, criticism, drama, fiction, poetry, including children’s literature), and writing in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The colloquium is designed to take a fresh look at the influences of education, on the lives and works of authors. It also provides a platform for contemporary and historical reflections on the professional practice of writing. The conference programme is available here.

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Book Prize 2018

Book Prize 2018

Book Prize 2017

The Society is delighted to announce the following Book Prizes have been awarded for the best education books published in 2016:

1st prize (£2000)
Understanding the University: Institution, idea, possibilities
Barnett, R. (2016) Routledge

Joint 2nd prize (£1000 each)
Higher Education, Social Class and Social Mobility: The Degree Generation
Bathmaker, A-M., Ingram, N., Abrahams, J., Hoare, A., Waller, R. and Bradley, H. (2016) Palgrave Macmillan

Modernising School Governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education
Wilkins, A. (2016) Routledge

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