David Mills is Associate Professor (Pedagogy and the Social Sciences) at the Department of Education at Oxford. He is Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) and a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s Research Programme on Supranational Higher Education. He is also Governing Body Fellow at Kellogg College.
Trained in Anthropology, David uses ethnographic methods to study higher education, and his current research interests include the impact of the global research economy on institutional research and publishing cultures in African universities. This work seeks to question the concept of ‘predatory publishing’, and the way the term occludes the reputational inequalities of global knowledge ecosystems.
He is also interested in contrasting conceptions of ‘capacity building’, the changing place of scholarly journals within knowledge cultures and academic mobility.
Alis Oancea is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Research Policy.
She specialises in studies of research policy and governance and in philosophy of research – including work on research assessment, impact and knowledge exchange, research funding, research quality, evaluation, open knowledge practices, research ethics, capacity, publication practices, and the cultural value of research in the arts and the humanities. This strand of work is complemented with a strong interest in teacher education research, innovation in teacher education policy and practice, knowledge and values in the teaching profession, and the role of research in teacher education. She has two PhDs, one in policy and governance for research (from the University of Oxford), and one in epistemology and research.
Recent professional activity includes:
- Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of the West, Timisoara
- Director of Research, Oxford University Department of Education
- Special Advisor on Research Impact, University of Oxford
- Joint Editor, Oxford Review of Education
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Peer Review College of the Economic and Social Research Council
- Member of the Peer Review of the Arts and Humanities Research Council
- Member of the Reviewer Pool, Education Endowment Foundation
- Editorial board member: Review of Education; Educational Theory (review board)
- Secretary, Oxford Branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
- Member of Research Management Committee, ESRC Centre for Global Higher Education
- Associate Research Fellow, Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance
- Co-convenor of OUDE’s Philosophy, Religion and Education research forum.
- Member of the Research and International Forum of UCET (2011-13 and 2016 onwards)
Selected past engagements
- Joint Editor, Review of Education (2012-16)
- Lead Editor of ‘Research Intelligence’ (2010-12)
- Elected Executive Council member and trustee of the British Educational Research Association (2009-12)
- Council member of the European Educational Research Association (2011-12)
- Pro-Proctor, University of Oxford (2017-18)
- Member of grant panel, research centres, ESRC
- Vice-chair, several Horizon 2020 calls
- Deputy Director for Research, Oxford University Department of Education (2012-16)
- Research theme coordinator, Policy, Economy and Society (2014-16)
- Senior Academic Advisor for research impact, Oxford University (2012-13)
- Member of the Horizons2020 and Periscope Working Groups, EERA
- Member of BERA’s Academic Publications Committee
- Organising Committee Member, ECER 2014 (London) (2011-12)
- Member of the UCET/BERA Working Group on the future of educational research (2011-12)
- Member of the Planning Group of the UK Strategic Forum for Research in Education (2009-10)
- Professional Mentor for the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in H.E. (Oxford)
- Qualified PRINCE2 project management practitioner
- External examiner
Iram is currently convener of the Child Development and Learning (CDL) Group and the co-ordinator for the Language, Cognition and Development (LCD) Theme in the department.
Before joining the department on the 1st June 2018 Iram held positions at the University of Warwick, University College London and the University of Wollongong. She is currently an ajunct professor at the University of Stavanger and a visiting professor at the universities of Wollongong and UCL. She has held visiting professorships in other universities in Ireland, England, Wales, Australia, China, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Iram has an international reputation for her longitudinal research and policy expertise. She has co-directed a number of influential studies, including the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE, DfE, 1997-2014) study, the transformative Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years (REPEY, DfE, 2002) study, and the associated Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector (ELEYS) Study. She has also studied Effective Early Educational Experiences in Australia (E4Kids, Australian Research Council and Victoria and Queensland Governments. 2009-2015).
Her current studies include cluster randomised controlled trials of interventions looking at the impact of evidence-based professional development in 90 centres in New South Wales Fostering Effective Early Learning; Researching Effective Environments for Learning in 70 centres in Victoria; and Using Research tools to Promote Language in the Early Years in 120 schools in England.
Iram conducted reviews of the Welsh Foundation Phase (2014) and of the Scottish early years workforce (2015). She led two C4EO reviews of what families and integrated working contribute to child outcomes for under-fives. Amongst her many published works she has authored award-winning books including: Social Class and Educational Inequality the Role of Parents and Schools (2015) and Effective and Caring Leadership in the Early Years (2014). She has over 250 publications including three widely-used rating scales which measure the quality of environments and pedagogy in ECEC and promote child outcomes in the cognitive (ECERS-E 4th Ed. 2010), social-emotional (SSTEW, 2015) and physical (MOVERS, 2017) domains.
Iram’s policy work has included being on the Ministerial Advisory Group for the Welsh Government (2006-2016) advising four consecutive ministers; on the Victorian Government Early Education Advisory Group; the South Australian Education Advisory Board; the Nuffield Council for Bio-ethics and acting as specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee inquiry on Children’s Centres. She has provided advice to UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, OECD, Bernard van Leer and Aga Khan Foundations and given one-off support to governments in many other regions including Chile, Federal Government of Australia, New Zealand and Portugal.
She is on a number of editorial boards including the American Educational Research Journal. Iram was awarded an OBE for her services to ECEC in 2015.
Jason currently works on the History PGCE programme and the MSc Teaching and Learning course.
He obtained his first degree in Cultural Studies from University of East London, followed by a MA in History Education from the Institute of Education. He completed a PGCE in Social Studies at Goldsmiths in 1992. He has worked in a variety of London Schools, including middle management and senior management roles. In 1999 he was awarded AST status with specialism in History Education and Inclusion, he combined this role with part time teaching at Kingston University. He joined the Department of Education in 2010 as a Teacher Education Research Fellow (TERF).
Lyudmila Nurse is a sociologist with over 25 years of experience of research into social institutions, education, culture and identities. Her current research interests are:
- Cultural diversity
- Education (both formal and informal) and families
- Cultural reproduction
- Identities and belonging
- Identities and music
- Biographical research methods
- Mixed research methods
In the Department of Education, she is a Research fellow. She works for the H2020 ISOTIS: Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society project. She leads a qualitative study of mothers with pre-school and primary school children from low-income families in two metropolitan areas of England: Greater London and Merseyside. She also coordinates comparative qualitative study of mothers from low-income families, families with immigrant background and ethnic minority background in ten EU countries: Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Portugal.
Her experience includes coordination of large-scale international multi-disciplinary research projects funded by the European research agencies. Previous projects include qualitative and biographical studies in European identity :“ENRI-East: European, National and Regional Identities ” (EC FP7) and “United States of Europe” (EC Culture Programme) in which she worked on the analysis of families’ cultural reproduction, identities of ethnic minorities; identities and music, inter-generational comparative analysis. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. She studied Modern Sociology on a post-doctoral summer Sociological school at the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester. She has been a visiting research fellow at Universities of Edinburgh, Warwick, City (London) and the Institute of Education, London. Between 1994 and 2009, she worked as an international social development consultant and from 1999 was a Director for Social development of Hart group. Her international consultancy related to social development, poverty alleviation, policy evaluation and monitoring. From 2006, she was Research Director of Oxford XXI, a think tank and innovative research organisation that she co-founded.
Jenni Ingram is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the Department of Education and Fellow of Linacre College.
She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Royal Statistical Society. She is currently a member of the Mathematics Expert Group for PISA 2021 and the UK observation expert for the TALIS 2018 Video study.
Her research focuses on mathematics education with a particular interest in classroom interaction, language, formative assessment, pedagogy and international comparative studies. Her current projects primarily focus on classroom practices particularly the TALIS 2018 Video study and the Talk in Mathematics project. She is also interested in issues of social justice and two of her current project address this area, the Connectedness project examine secondary school students’ feelings of belonging in school, and the Mindsets and Diversity project explore reasons behind the progress made by undergraduates during their highly mathematical degrees.
Jenni is currently Book Reviews Editor for the international journal Research in Mathematics Education and is also on the editorial board of this journal. She is co-editor of a special issue on interventions and classroom practices for fostering language learners’ mathematics learning to be published in ZDM – Mathematics Education.
She chairs the 12th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education Topic Working Group on Language and Mathematics and co-chairs the topic study groups or working groups on language in mathematics for the International Congress on Mathematics Education (to be held in Shanghai 2020). She is chair of the International Programme Committee and organising committee of the Fifth ERME Topic Group Conference on Classroom-based research on mathematics and language (to be held in Montpellier in 2020).
She was awarded the Cambridge Journal of Education 2016 Best Paper prize.
Velda Elliott is Associate Professor of English and Literacy Education. She is a curriculum tutor for the English PGCE and MSc in Learning and Teaching.
She is also Director of Doctoral Research, in which role she leads doctoral training in the department. She is co-convenor of the Qualitative Methods Hub.
Velda was an English teacher in state schools in Yorkshire before undertaking doctoral research in OUCEA, gaining her doctorate in 2011. She has previously led the PGCE in English with Drama at the University of Warwick and been a Lecturer in English in Education at the University of York.
Velda researches in the fields of English in Education and Educational Assessment. Within the field of English, her work considers both what it means to be ‘good’ at English and what English, media and drama education are ‘good for’. Some of her work considers the ways in which English education relates to political priorities and desires. She is particularly interested in what knowledge looks like in the subject of English.
She contributes regularly to professional publications such as NATE’s Teaching English magazine. Velda also researches at the intersection of English literature and education, looking in particular at Shakespeare and ways in which his work is refigured in educational contexts. She works on the ways in which literary criticism is available to and used by teachers and students in secondary schools; she created the Twitter hashtag #LitCritForTeachers and regularly blogs about research articles on A level texts, making critical material available to schools who do not have access to academic journals. In assessment Velda is particularly interested in the way in which markers, especially examiners, make decisions, and the values and identities they espouse in doing so. She led the EEF review of the literature on written marking A Marked Improvement?
Velda was awarded the National Association for the Teaching of English Research Award in 2017 for her contribution to the field of English in Education.