Seminars and Events

All events are held at 15 Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6PY unless otherwise stated.

All are welcome to public seminars and there is no need to book. If you are coming from outside the Department and would like to attend any of the other seminars, please contact the convener beforehand.
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The Rt Revd John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, reflects on his time as the Church of England’s lead bishop on education

07 October 2014 17:00 - 18:30
Seminar Room K/L

Conveners: Dr Alis Oancea, Dr Liam Gearon and Revd Dr John Gay, Religion Philosophy and Education Research Forum

Abstract
With 25% of primary and 6% of secondary schools being Church of England ones, for over three years the Bishop of Oxford has been in regular negotiation with central government on education issues.

Described by the Guardian as ‘a deft politician who intends to make the best of government policies even though he may not agree with them’, he has never been afraid to speak his mind on issues such as collective worship, church school admission policies and religious education.  The inevitable headlines followed, such as

-    ‘Bishop says’: Religious education wrecked by Gove’ (Times 20.07.13)
-    ‘The Church’s educational mission should not be about collecting nice Christians into safe places’ (BBC 22.04.11)
-   ‘Compulsory Christian school assembly should be scrapped’ (Telegraph 7.07.14)

Working with parents to support their child’s behavior and reading: an RCT in the real world

Professor Kathy Sylva & Fiona Jelley, Department of Education

13 October 2014 12:15 - 13:45
Seminar Room J

Conveners: Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg and Dr James Hall, Quantitative Methods Hub

Tackling the remaining attainment gap between students with and without immigrant background: an investigation into the equivalence of SES constructs

Jenny Lenkeit, Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies, University of Amsterdam

20 October 2014 12:15 - 13:45
Seminar Room J

Conveners: Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg and Dr James Hall, Quantitative Methods Hub

Are there distinctive clusters of higher and lower status universities in the UK?

Vikki Boliver, School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Durham

27 October 2014 12:15 - 13:45
Seminar Room J

Conveners: Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg and Dr James Hall, Quantitative Methods Hub

Abstract
In this paper I analyse publicly available data on the research activity, teaching environment, economic resources, academic selectivity and social mix of UK universities to explore how the differentiation of UK universities is structured. In 1992 the binary divide between universities and polytechnics was dismantled to create a nominally unitary system of higher education for the UK. However, the following year saw the publication of the first UK university rankings, and the year after that saw the formation of the Russell Group of self-proclaimed "leading" universities. This paper asks whether UK universities are spread out along a fine-grained linear hierarchy of the sort brought to mind by university rankings, or whether there are distinctive clusters of higher and lower status universities as suggested by the existence of university mission groups such as the Russell Group. In particular the paper asks whether the Russell Group of universities can be said to form a distinctive cluster of leading universities.

Quantitative Methods Hub seminar (title to be announced)

Erzsébet Bukodi, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

03 November 2014 12:15 - 13:45
Seminar Room J

Conveners: Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg and Dr James Hall, Quantitative Methods Hub

Can a comparison of the different patterns of attainment in English and mathematics contribute to a more nuanced understanding of school effectiveness?

Fay Baldry, Department of Education, University of Leicester

10 November 2014 12:15 - 13:45
Seminar Room J

Conveners: Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg and Dr James Hall, Quantitative Methods Hub

The effects of cross-group friendships in South African classrooms: a longitudinal study into the mediators of the relationship between intergroup contact and wider attitude generalization using structural equation modelling

Simon Lolliot, Department of Psychology, University of Oxford

17 November 2014 12:15 - 13:45
Seminar Room J

Conveners: Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg and Dr James Hall, Quantitative Methods Hub

School effects on Chilean children’s achievement growth in language and mathematics: an accelerated growth curve model

Lorena Ortega, Department of Education

24 November 2014 12:15 - 13:45
Seminar Room J

Conveners: Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg and Dr James Hall, Quantitative Methods Hub

Quantitative Methods Hub seminar (title to be announced)

Will Baker, Faculty of Social Science, University of Cardiff

01 December 2014 12:15 - 13:45
Seminar Room J

Conveners: Professor Steve Strand, Dr Lars-Erik Malmberg and Dr James Hall, Quantitative Methods Hub