Seminars and Events

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

All are welcome to those indicated as ‘public seminars’ in parentheses after the title. These are held on Monday evenings 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 or events, please contact the convener(s) beforehand.
Click on the title of the event for further information.

Reading in England and Beyond; Teacher Event on the Results of the Progress in International Reading

26 September 2018 17:00 -
University of Oxford Department of Education 15 Norham Gardens Oxford OX2 6PY

PIRLS is a study conducted in 5-year cycles in over 50 countries and tests the reading comprehension skills of Year 5 pupils. England has participated in all of the previous PIRLS cycles (2001, 2006, and 2011). With every release, results are controversially discussed by politicians and the media. But, teachers’ perspectives are seldom heard and the implication of the results for teaching are less clear. You are warmly invited to this teacher event to discuss the findings of the PIRLS study and their usefulness in classrooms along with other teachers and scholars from the Oxford University Department of Education. Hosted by the department, the evenings’ programme includes:

  • Summary of the main PIRLS 2016 results, with a particular focus on findings relevant for teachers in England
  • What can we learn from PIRLS? A teacher’s perspective (Alice Wetherell, Deputy Head Teacher, Ryvers Primary School)
  • Open discussion round
  • Drinks and nibbles
Register here:

The New Silk Road: implications for higher education and research cooperation between China and Europe

01 October 2018 13:30 - 16:30
St Edmund Hall, Doctorow Hall, Queen's Ln, Oxford, OX1 4AR

Co-hosted by the department's Professor Simon Marginson (Professor of Higher Education), this event will present research from a project focusing on China’s rise in global higher education. It aims to explore the possible implications of the New Silk Road (or China’s One Belt One Road policy) for higher education and research cooperation between China and Europe.

  • How will these new relationships affect European higher education and research?
  • What types of academic flows and activities emerge along the New Silk Road?
  • How do universities respond?
  • Under which conditions are these activities taking place?
  • Who defines these, and based on what values?
For more information and the full event programme visit: Register here to attend.

Subject Pedagogy seminar - title TBA

15 November 2018 16:00 - 17:30

Speaker: Dr Roland Bernhard, University of Salzburg Convenor: Gabriel Stylianides