High-profile speakers announced in latest Department of Education public seminar series

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Category: News

Our Department is thrilled to announce the latest public seminar series which includes talks from a number of high-profile speakers. 

This term’s theme is “Contemporary Issues in Education” and there will be a whole host of prominent internal and external speakers presenting at the events, which are both in-person and online. 

Kicking off the series in January will be Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman. 

Director of Research and Professor of Science Education, Sibel Erduran, said: “The Public Seminar Series is our flagship event series and we get a real breadth of speakers from both an internal and external perspective. 

“We’re delighted to be starting the Hilary Term events in January with Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman. I know this will be a very popular event.  

“Our series is a chance for us to showcase some of the excellent research we have taking place at the Department and to also discuss other education research that is happening externally. It’s been such a successful and popular series and I know a lot of people have really benefited from previous sessions. I’m looking forward to next term and all of the insights we get from the series.” 

All events are held from 5pm until 6.30pm on Mondays at the Department (Lecture Room A, 15 Norham Gardens, Oxford) and are also available via Zoom. A drinks reception follows in Pring’s Café for those attending in-person. 

Please note, if you are attending sessions 1 or 7 in person you will need to book a ticket. 

The schedule for Hilary Term, and further details for each session including how to book tickets, can be found on our dedicated webpage.

Event Schedule 

Week 1: 16th Jan – Speaker: Amanda Spielman  

Talk title: ‘The use of research evidence in education policy and practice: a view from the Chief Inspector’ 

Week 2: 23rd Jan – Speaker: Akshay Mangla    
Talk title: TBC 

Week 3: 30th Jan – Speaker: Aliya Khalid
Talk title: ‘Locating aspirations and capabilities within the global politics of ‘Representation’ in comparative and international education: Journeying with gender and Southernness’ 

Week 4: 6th Feb – Speaker: Steve Strand 
Talk title: ‘Race, sex, class and educational achievement at age 16’ 

Week 5: 13th Feb – Speaker: Steve Puttick
Talk title: TBC 

Week 6: 20th Feb – Speaker: Michael Reiss
Talk title: ‘Truth, Science Education and Vaccines’

Week 7: 27th Feb – Speaker: Alina von Davier
Talk title: ‘Generative AI for Test Development’ 

Week 8: 6th March – Speaker: Leesa Wheelahan
Talk title: TBC