Upcoming events

2018 Oriel Colloquium Writers and their Education

Following the success of the 2017 Oriel Colloquium, the Society are delighted to open the call for papers for the 2018 Colloquium.

Writers and Their Education will take place at Oriel College, University of Oxford, 20-21st September 2018. The Colloquium brings together scholarly examination of conceptions of education represented by the life and works of writers across all genres – literary and popular, cross-age fiction, including children’s literature – with a critical appraisal of their significance and value for the academic field of Education Studies. Please submit abstracts by 30th March 2018. Submissions should be made jointly to Liam Gearon, at the University of Oxford, ( and Emma Williams, at the University of Warwick ( Outcomes will be announced by 1st May 2018. The full details of the call can be found here (add attached document).

2017 Oriel Colloquium

Society for Educational Studies
Oriel Colloquium
Education, Security and Intelligence Studies
Oriel College, University of Oxford
21-22 September 2017

Colloquium Convenor
Liam Francis Gearon, Senior Research Fellow
Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

Background Note and Summary

The format is of an exchange of ideas amongst experts, with, broadly interpreted, a critical focus on the relationship between universities and the security and intelligence agencies. This invitation-only event, hosted at the University of Oxford through the generous funding of the Society for Educational Studies, will adhere to Chatham House rules unless specific permission is given by speakers to waive this condition.

The Oriel Colloquium follows from a security and intelligence seminar convened at the British Academy in November 2015, a special issue of the British Journal of Educational Studies. and a multi-disciplinary and multi-institution 2016 seminar series on Education, Security and Intelligence Studies, including events hosted by the Oxford Intelligence Group (Nuffield College, Oxford), the Buckingham University Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall.

Keynote speakers at the Oriel Colloquium include: Professor Christopher Andrew (Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge, and official historian of MI5) and Professor Loch K. Johnson (Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, author or editor of thirty books on security and intelligence studies, including The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence); Professor John Ferris (Professor of History, University of Calgary and newly appointed official historian of GCHQ); Sir David Omand (former director, GCHQ); and Richard J. Aldrich (Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Warwick, author of GCHQ and, with Rory Cormac, The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers).

As well academic perspectives on security and intelligence studies, there will also be presentations from security and intelligence professionals: the former Senior Defence Economist to NATO and Adviser to the 12th NATO General Secretary; a speaker on national security resilience and counter-terrorism from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall; a speaker from US Military Intelligence at the United States Military Academy West Point; a former senior Cold War diplomat (Berlin Station); former CIA on the International Association for Intelligence Education; and speakers from the British Council, the Cabinet Office (Civil Contingencies Secretariat), Home Office (former Chief Scientific Officer), and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (National Security Directorate).

The Colloquium maintains also a special interest in the security and intelligence aspects of the arts, humanities and literature. Presiding over this section is Dr Alastair Niven LVO, OBE, a judge of the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1994 and of the Man Booker Prize in 2014, former Principal of Cumberland Lodge Windsor and President of English PEN, Alastair also uniquely held posts as Director of Literature at the Arts Council of Great Britain and Director of Literature at the British Council. Andrew Lownie, founder-director of the Lownie Agency literary and author of Stalin’s Englishman will be presenting in this section; as will Bill Hamilton, director of the A.M. Heath Literary Agency and literary agent for the estate of George Orwell.

The colloquium is now full, and we are unable to accept any further registrations. For queries, please contact SES Administrator Aidan Thompson via

Previous events

Seminar Series 2016

Dr Liam Gearon, Department of Education, University of Oxford, with a multi-institutional/ inter-disciplinary team of researchers was been awarded the 2016 Society for Educational Seminar Series. The theme of the seminar series was Education, Security and Intelligence Studies.

The award built on the Guest Edited special issue of the British Journal of Educational Studies on Education, Security and Intelligence Studies, and the Annual Seminar convened in November 2015 at the British Academy.

The grant award contributed to five nation-wide seminars on the theme of Education, Security and Intelligence Studies. Lead from the University of Oxford’s Department of Education, the team included: the University of Bath; the University of Buckingham; the University of East London; the Oxford Intelligence Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford; and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London. Themes included:

  • Education, Security and Intelligence: National and International Contexts
  • Forensic and Open Source Intelligence
  • Security and Intelligence Studies and Higher Education
  • Security Studies and the Humanities
  • Securitising Education to Prevent Terrorism? Freedom of Speech and National Security

Society of Educational Studies Seminar Series: Education and Security
Date: 16 November 2016
Venue: University of East London

The University of East London were delighted to host a seminar in the 2016 Society of Educational Studies seminar series on 16th November 2016.

Speakers included Professor Alexander Fekete, University of Cologne, Dr. Cecilé Stehrenberger, University of Erfurt, Dr. Tristram Riley-Smith, Cambridge University and Dr. Charlotte Chadderton, University of East London.

A full programme is available here (pdf).

Security and the Arts and Humanities
Date: 21 November 2016, 1230-1700
Venue: Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security (RUSI), 61 Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET

RUSI was delighted to host this half-day event as part of the 2016 SES seminar series on Education, Security and Intelligence Studies. Academics and practitioners from an arts and humanities background discussed the contribution they and their discipline make to security, both academically and practically.

Contributors included:

  • John Bew, Professor in History and Foreign Policy at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
  • Andrew Glazzard, Senior Research Fellow at RUSI
  • Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford.
  • Peter Morey, Professor of English and Post-Colonial Studies at the University of East London
  • Simon Mundy, Chairman of Creative Guild and an author, broadcaster, and cultural policy adviser

A flyer for this event is available here (pdf).

Education, Security and Society

Tuesday 28th June 2016, 10.00-15.00, University of Bath
A full programme is available here

Annual Seminar: Education, Security and Intelligence Studies

Thursday 12th November 2015, 9.30am-3.30pm, British Academy, London
Further details (pdf)

Japan Symposiums

The importance on Education for Virtue, Character, Moral and Social Responsibility: How do people learn them?

July 2015, Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan
Read the full report

Seminar Series 2015

Education in the 21st Century: Thinking outside the Bubble

Friday 20th February 2015, 9.30am-3.30pm, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Seminar programme (pdf)

Seminar Series 2014

Progressing race in higher education: inclusion, diversity and inequality

Seminar 1: 24 March 2014, Birmingham: Laurence Parker and Paul Warmington The first seminar featured leading US critical race theorist, Laurence Parker (University of Utah) alongside Paul Warmington (University of Birmingham) who will discuss his new book, 'Black British Intellectuals and Education'.
Seminar 2: 6 June 2014, University of Southampton

Resilience, activism and the academy: the next generation of Critical Race Theory in education

Monday 1st December 2014
Dr Kalwant Bhopal (University of Southampton) - ‘Understanding minority ethnic academic flight from UK higher education’
Professor Kevin Hylton (Leeds Beckett University) – ‘The Presence and Defence of Racism: A Black Professor Reflects’
Dr Karl Kitching (University College Cork) – ‘Anything but race? Beyond the 'good student' approach to anti-racism in Ireland’

Seminar Series 2013

62nd Annual Seminar 2013:Race and Education: the forgotten inequality?

Thursday 14 November 2013

Society for Educational Studies Seminar Series 2013: Experimentation or fragmentation: the future of teacher education?

Seminar 4: Reflecting on integrative approaches to teacher education including the potential of Teaching Schools
Friday 1 November 2013, University of Oxford
Keynote: Professor Anne Edwards
Key contributors: Dr Linda Rush, Associate Professor Peter Tasis (York University, Canada) and key representatives from CEOs of Academy Trusts

Seminar 3 (2 Day Symposium): Partnerships to support Teacher Enquiry
Thursday 17 October & Friday 18 October 2013, University of Roehampton
Keynote: Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith Key contributors: Dr d'Reen Struthers

Seminar 2: Continuing professional development or continual development of professional practice?
Friday 12 July 2013, University of Manchester
Keynote: Professor Julian Williams
Key contributors: Dr Jane Nicholl & Dr Ann Childs (Oxford) and Dr Sue Pope & Dr Rosa Acher (Manchester) with practitioners working in partnership schools

Seminar 1: Policy and Leadership in ITE
Friday 28 June 2013, Staff House Conference Suite, Sackville Street, Manchester
Keynote: Professor Mike Apple
Key contributors - Profs Dave Hall & Helen Gunter

The Social Organisation of Educational Studies in Scotland and England: Past, present and future

Wednesday 24 October 2012 - University of Sterling

61st Annual Seminar 2012: Experimentation or fragmentation? The future of teacher education

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