Each year, the Society is pleased to award Fellowship of the Society for Educational Studies (FSES) to esteemed peers for making outstanding contributions to the field of Educational Studies. The current Fellows are listed below.

Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education, UCL

Until August 2015, Stephen J Ball was Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. He is now Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology of Education. He is managing editor of the Journal of Education Policy and has written extensively on education policy and social class. His recent publications include The Education Debate (Policy and Politics in the Twenty-first Century), How Schools do Policy, Global Education Inc: New policy networks and the neo-liberal imaginary and Education plc: Understanding Private Sector Participation in Public Sector Education.

Ms Anna Clarkson, Routledge Taylor & Francis

Anna Clarkson is Editorial Director for Education, Psychology and Mental Health book publishing for Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Informa plc. She manages and leads a large editorial team based in the UK, the US and Asia. Anna joined Taylor & Francis in 1995 under the Falmer Press imprint. When Taylor & Francis acquired Routledge in 1998, the Falmer Press list was merged with the Routledge education list and Anna has since overseen the growth of the global education programme into one of Routledge’s flagship lists, which publishes books for students, teachers, headteachers and the research community by many of the world’s leading researchers, scholars and education professionals.

Professor Thomas Bone, former principal of Jordanhill College

Prof. Tom Bone CBE, MA, MEd, PhD, FCCEA, FRSGS is former Principal of Jordanhill College, Glasgow, where he served for 21 years. Prof. Bone then moved to become deputy principal of Strathclyde University, with which Jordanhill is combined. Prof. Bone is a former English teacher in Scotland, and was chairman of the Scottish Council for Educational Technology during the 1980’s. He was also vice-chairman of the Scottish Examination Board and for seventeen years served as chairman of the General Teaching Council. He was Chair of the Society for Educational Studies from 1982-1985.

Professor David Carr, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Carr was Professor of Ethics and Education at the University of Birmingham and his principal research interests include: ethics, virtue ethics and moral education; the nature of professionalism and professional ethics; aesthetics; and education of the emotions. He has written widely in these areas and is the author of Making Sense of Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Theory of Education and Teaching, London: Routledge (2003). Recently he has written Virtue, mixed emotions and moral ambivalence in Philosophy, Vol. 84(1), pp. 31-46 and Character in Teaching in British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 55(4), pp. 369-389.

Professor Paul Croll, University of Reading

Paul Croll is Bulmershe Professor of Education in the Institute of Education. He has served as Head of the Department of Educational Studies and Management (1997-1998) and was the first Head of the School of Education (1998-2001). Before joining the University of Reading in 1994 he was Professor at the University of the West of England and had previously been a Research Fellow at the University of Leicester. Professor Croll is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).

Professor Gerald Grace, UCL Institute of Education

Prof. Gerald Grace is Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Catholic Education (CRDCE) at St. Mary’s University Twickenham. The Centre was established in 1997 at the University of London, Institute of Education. He has taught Education at Kings College, London, Cambridge University, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and The University of Durham (where he was Head of the School of Education).

Professor Denis Lawton, UCL Institute of Education

Prof. Lawton is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of London, where he was formerly Director of the Institute of Education. Prof. Lawton has written widely on the Sociology of Education and is the author of Education for Citizenship (2004), as well as many other articles and titles in the field of education.

Professor Pamela Munn, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Munn is an internationally renowned researcher and has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government (and its predecessor bodies), local authorities, and charities, including the Leverhulme Trust and the Gordon Cook Foundation.
She continues to research and publish, particularly in the area of school discipline, received an invitation in 2000 to be Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo. She led a team researching teachers’ perceptions of indiscipline and of the success or otherwise of aspects of the Discipline Task Group’s recommendations set out in its report, Better Behaviour, Better Learning.

Professor Katherine Leni Oglesby OBE FRSA

Over the years, Professor Oglesby has made considerable contributions to the work of HFCE, QAA and from 1997 – 2000 she was Chair of SES. Professor Oglesby has held academic and senior management posts at Leicester, Sheffield, Lancaster, Surrey, Manchester Metropolitan and Teesside universities, and a secondment to the Policy Division of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). She has wide experience of international, European, national and regional agencies, including the International Council for Adult Education, the European Bureau of Adult Education, the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning and the Society for Research in Higher Education.

Professor Richard Pring, University of Oxford

Prof. Pring is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He spent 14 years as Director of the Department of Educational Studies, and was previously Lead Director of the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training. He was Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies from 1986 – 2001.

Professor Jon Davison, University of Greenwich

Prof. Jon Davison was Dean and Professor of Teacher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Jon was Chair of the Society for Educational Studies from 2006 – 2016. His research interests include sociolinguistics, the professional formation of teachers and citizenship education. Jon is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Royal Society of Arts and the College of Teachers. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich.

Professor Gill Nicholls OBE

Gill’s senior leadership roles have included King’s College London as Director of King’s Institute of Learning and Teaching (KILT), Pro-Vice Chancellor Student Experience at Durham University, Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic at Salford University, and Vice President and Deputy-Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs at the University of Surrey. Her senior management portfolio responsibilities have included the strategic development of infrastructure, resources, teaching, learning, regulation, quality, widening participation, and the student experience. Following her retirement from the University of Surrey in 2016 she created Gill Nicholls Consulting, which has enabled her to support many Universities across the sector in achieving transformational change. Gill became a Fellow of the Society in 2020.

Professor Ivor Goodson, University of Tallinn

Ivor Goodson has worked in universities in England, Canada and the USA, and held visiting positions in many countries, notably at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, Sciences Po – L’Institut d’études politiques (IEP) de Paris and Stanford University in the USA. As Professor of Learning Theory at the Education Research Centre, the University of Brighton, UK, he conducted large-scale research projects and currently is International Research Professor at the University of Tallinn, Estonia and currently Senior Research Associate at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, Brighton, UK. Ivor became a Fellow of the Society in 2021.

Professor Sally Power, Cardiff University

Sally Power is Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) and is based in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. She is a Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales; sits on the Councils of the Academy of Social Sciences and the British Educational Research Association; and is a Trustee of the Bevan Foundation. Her own research focuses on the implications of education policy and practice for socio-economic inequalities and the relationship between education, the family and civil society. Sally became a Fellow of the Society in 2022 and joined its Executive Board in 2023.

Professor Ian Davies, University of York

Ian Davies is Emeritus Professor at the University of York, where his roles included being the Director of the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice. He is the author of numerous books and articles about citizenship education and related areas. He has worked extensively overseas, securing research and development funding from a wide range of government and non-government agencies. He is a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; was a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong University of Education; and has worked as an expert in education for democratic citizenship for the Council of Europe. Ian became a Fellow of the Society in 2022.

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