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New UPCA Accredited Counselling Programme Launched

Faculty of Education News
Wednesday 21 February
The Counselling team are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Counselling programme at the Faculty accredited by UPCA (Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association) leading to registration with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
The new Postgraduate Diploma builds on 30 years of experience delivering courses in this area, and provides specialised teaching supporting those who wish to work therapeutically with children and young people.
Please read more details of the Full Diploma course.

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University to host Education, Psychology and Learning Subject Masterclass

Three Students in observation lab
Wednesday 7 February
On Saturday 24 February the University will be holding a Subject Masterclass for Year 12 students who are interested in studying on the Education, Psychology and Learning track of the Education Tripos.

The Masterclass will consist of two academic sessions, exploring Education and Psychology and giving students the opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what's covered within the school curriculum.

The students will also have an admissions session, giving them an introduction to the University of Cambridge.

Find out more and book your place

For further information about the event, contact Eve Berwin at

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PhD is turned into educational guidelines for a nation

Martin Lytje holding book
Thursday 25 January
On Monday the 8th of January all Danish public and private schools received new national guidelines about how to support students who encounter life-threatening illness and bereavement. This was the launch of Bereavement Response Plan 2, which is based directly on the PhD research 'Unheard Voices' that was completed in 2015 by Martin Lytje at the Faculty of Education.

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Fiona Maine awarded €4.4million Horizon 2020 grant

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Friday 19 January

Fiona Maine has been successful in her application to the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme and awarded €4.4million to conduct research exploring the cultural literacy learning of young people in Europe through their responses to visual texts.

DIALLS (Dialogue and Argumentation for cultural Literacy Learning in Schools) is a three year project starting June 2018, working with Early Years, Primary and Secondary schools across Europe.

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Celebrating the work of Professor Christopher Colclough. One day conference:9th March 2018

REAL Centre conference 2018
Thursday 18 January

A one-day conference celebrating the work of Professor Christopher Colcloughwill take place at the University of Cambridge on 9 March. You can find futher information about the event and sign up on Eventbrite.

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REAL Centre Seminar Series. Lent Term 2018

REAL Centre Lent seminars
Thursday 18 January
We have a full schedule of seminars the term. A full schedule of the  REAL Centre seminars for the Lent term 2018 is now available. 

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Guardian University Guide 2018 - BA Education ranked number one

Three strands of the Faculty Education course
Friday 12 January
We are delighted that the Guardian University Guide 2018 has ranked our BA Education course as the UK's top undergraduate Education course.

Cambridge digs in at the top of the university league table

The undergraduate Education course allows students to followone of the following three tracks, combining in-depth study of a particular field of interest with an examination of wider educational and social issues.

If you would like to learn more about the undergraduate education course, or have any questions, contact Eve Berwin at

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Faculty Librarian Angela Cutts - 25 Years of Service

Faculty of Education News
Monday 8 January
Congratulations to Faculty of Education Librarian, Angela Cutts, who recently celebrated 25 years of service to the University of Cambridge. Angela joined the University in 1992 before the Faculty was formed and when the Library was located on Shaftesbury Road. Over the years she has successfully led various Library teams to develop the fantastic service that supports the teaching and research needs of the Faculty.

To celebrate her 25 years of service, Angela was invited to a prestigious reception with other long serving members of the University and was presented with a certificate by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope.

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'Become A Brilliant Trainer' Book launch

Become A Brilliant Trainer - book cover
Monday 18 December
Dr Simon Brownhill, Senior Teaching Associate and Bolashak Deputy Coordinator @ERICambridge and co-author Alan Denton recently published a new book ‘Becoming a Brilliant Teacher: A Teachers Guide to Running Sessions and Engaging Learners’ ideal for early years, primary and secondary school as well as leaders and heads of department.

There is a copy of the book on display in the Faculty Library.  Digital, paperback and hardback copies are available to purchase from Routledge and Amazon.

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CORERJ Volume 5 Call for submissions - Now Open!

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Friday 15 December
Greetings from CORERJ!
Cambridge Open-Review Educational Research e-Journal CORERJ is now open for submissions of papers for Volume 5, celebrating five successful years in publishing. The DEADLINE for this year's volume is JANUARY 15, 2018!

Please read more about the Call for submissions and submit your paper.

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PGCE Open Day: 26 January 2018

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Monday 11 December

Following the huge success of November's open day, the Faculty is delighted to be hosting a second PGCE open afternoon on Friday 26 January 2018.

Prospective applicants will have the opportunity to look round the Faculty, attend a course presentation and meet members of our teaching and admissions teams.

Find out more about the event and how to register.

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Cambridge cracks measurement of ‘learning gain’

Faculty of Education News
Friday 8 December
Jan Vermunt, Sonia Ilie and Anna Vignoles, from Cambridge’s Faculty of Education, presented their evidence at the annual conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education on 6 December.

Read more in the Times Higher Education Article Researchers at the University of Cambridge believe they are a step closer to cracking the measurement of students’ “learning gain”.

Article by Chris Havergal Twitter: @CHavergalTHE

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Modern Languages postgraduate wins national teaching prizes

Faculty of Education News
Tuesday 5 December

Congratulations to Dawn Piper, ex PGCE and MEd student, whose outstanding teaching has been recognised in two national awards.

First, Dawn won The Association for Language Learning Secondary Teacher of the Year award for 2017. In addition, this year the German Embassy presented her with The Peter Boaks prize for excellence in German teaching.

Dawn is currently Head of Languages at a school in Derby, and credits the "inspirational teaching" at Cambridge as key to her continuing career success.

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World Innovation Summit For Education - Nidhi Singal and Hannah Ware present report

Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities report
Tuesday 28 November
Members of the REAL Centre, Nidhi Singal and Hannah Ware, presented their report, "Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities" at the World Innovation Summit For Education in Doha. 

Findings of the report were covered Hindustan Times (a national newspaper in India) and Schools Week (a leading British education newspaper). The Report was also featured on the University of Cambridge's website.

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Diane Reay speaks in todays Guardian about inequality in education

Faculty of Education News
Wednesday 22 November
Emeritus Professor of Education, Diane Reay features in todays Guardian article ‘Working-class children get less of everything in education - including respect’.

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REAL Centre informs cross-party report calling for “significant spending” on early-years education

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Wednesday 22 November
Evidence provided by the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre informs the findings of a cross-party report calling for “significant spending” on early-years education

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Faculty and Peking University partnership in Early Years Education

Faculty of Education News
Monday 13 November

Delegates from China's Peking University have made a visit this November to the Education Reform and Innovation Team at the begining of a long-term cooperation for Early Years Education.

The University of Cambridge Faculty of Education wishes to promote further academic and research links with the China Center for Strategic Studies at Peking University, a partnership which was initiated in April 2017.

The focus on this visit is to develop kindergarten head teachers and early year professionals' understanding of education in the UK as well as surrounding policy.

This visit consisted of lectures in the Faculty as well as visits to local schools looking at the importance of indoor/outdoor environments as well as 'physical' areas of learning and integrated practices. This will be followed up with a research and scoping visit of the ERI team to Beijing and Jinan in January 2018, before moving onto a long-term agreement with regular visits and interaction.

The ERI team is grateful for the help of PhD Students from the Faculty of Education that have assisted with translation and interpretation.

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Choreographies of Class

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Friday 10 November

The Culture, Politics and Global Justice (CPGJ) Research Cluster invites Staff and Students at the Faculty of Education to attend the Panel on "Choreographies of Class: Elite Formation in a Transnational World”

Presenters Prof. Jane Kenway, from the University of Melbourne, Australia; and Prof. Debbie Epstein, University of Roehampton.

Response: Professor Marilyn Strathern, Anthropology, Cambridge.

The Panel will take place at DMB Room GS5, from 3.00- 5.00. A wine reception will follow. All welcome. No need to RSVP.

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Graduate Open Days: Paths to the Faculty of Education

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Friday 3 November
The Faculty is hosting a Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 3rd November2017.

There are various paths to graduate studies at the Faculty of Education. Read more on the FERSA blog why some of our students decided to come to Cambridge for graduate studies in education. 

Read more about FERSA, the Faculty of Education Research Students Association. 


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REAL Centre Seminar Series - Professor David Hulme

Talk by Professor David Hulme
Wednesday 1 November
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Professor David Hulme, University of Manchester.

Date: Tuesday 7 November

Location: Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Title: Converging Divergence ? Unpacking the new geography of 21st century global development.

All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:00

See for more information

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School choice in England–who chooses where and why?

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Wednesday 1 November
Professor Simon Burgess, Ellen Greaves and REAL Centre member Professor Anna Vignoles have written an insightful blog into school choices. 

On the deadline for secondary state-school choices, they summarise their new findings about the choices that parents make. They look at how the number of choices parents make in different areas of the country varies, who is successful in getting their first choice school and which parents tend to just choose their closest school. They also discuss the incentives and constraints parents face when making these difficult choices. These new findings are discussed in full in their working paper.

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PGCE-MEd student Kate Stockings features on TV

Kate Stockings
Tuesday 31 October

The 'Get Into Teaching' campaign have recently released a TV advert featuring teachers speaking about their reasons for choosing teaching as a career. We are excited to report that one of the teachers featured is former Cambridge PGCE Geography trainee and current MEd student Kate Stockings.

Kate is now in her third year of teaching, and is already in her second year as Head of Geography.In addition to featuring in the TV advert, Kate has written a fantastic blog post for the the Get Into Teaching campaign giving advice to those who are considering a career as a teacher. This comes at a fantastic time, as the application process for teacher training programmes, including our PGCE courses, has just opened. In her blog, Kate talks about the wonderfully varied nature of life as a teacher and the fact that she thrives on learning new
things every day. She also highlights the great opportunities for career progression that the teaching profession offers.

If you want to hear more you can follow Kate on Twitter, a platform which she regularly uses to share innovative teaching ideas and engage with others in the profession.

Visit our PGCE pages to find out more about our PGCE courses.

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REAL Centre Seminar Series Professor Elaine Unterhalter

Professor Elaine Unterhalter seminar
Thursday 19 October
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Professor Elaine Unterhalter, University College London, Institute of Education.   

Date: Tuesday 31 October

Location: Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ 

All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00 

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Education to host the 15th edition of Corpus Linguistics

Faculty of Education News
Friday 13 October
The Faculty of Education will host the 15th edition of Corpus Linguistics in the South (CLS15) on 28th October.

The main focus of this edition is the use of corpora as a research method and the methodological changes over the years. Researchers from all over the UK, Italy, Spain, Austria and Brazil will discuss how corpus research methods can be improved and fine-tuned. 

Corpus-linguistics research methods offer ways to look at communication through the analysis of large collections of texts and, particularly, examines the role of lexico-grammatical frequency and patterning phenomena across corpora of L1 and L2 language. The applications of corpus-research methods go beyond the realms of applied linguistics and currently many disciplines in the social sciences or computer science are gaining insight into how the combinatory nature of language informs language-related variation across language registers and domains.

CLS15 showcases research from different areas of inquiry and, among others, will look at trolls in political blogs, the narratives of Magdalane Laundries survivors, pragmatics in L2 education, or the new spoken British National Corpus 2014. 

CLS15 is sponsored by PLACE academic group and Cambridge University Press.

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BBC WORLDHACKS - Psychological benefits of Viking re-enactments

Faculty of Education News
Friday 13 October
Worldhacks is an innovative weekly programme from the BBC World service looking at how we can solve the world’s problems. This episode of Worldhacks explores the therapeutic aspects of Viking re-enactments. These gatherings attract huge numbers and for some it is way of managing or healing their past traumatic experiences.

In this episode Carol Holiday from the Faculty of Education gives her opinion on the power of play acting in therapy.

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Homerton Santander Award for Outstanding Achievement in PhD

Babatunde Ojewunmi
Tuesday 10 October
Congratulations to one of our PhD scholars, Babatunde Ojewunmi for achieving this award.

Babatunde is undertaking a very interesting study of two FE colleges, which is an under researched area in education. He is focusing on the colleges’ implementation of the Equalities Act which is of course a crucially important and timely topic given the inequalities that we observe in the FE sector.
Gaining access to these colleges to conduct his work has proved difficult and Babatunde has had to revise his research design. Rising to this challenge, Babatunde showed commendable persistence in his work. He has also done particularly well in writing up and disseminating his research design, including presenting his work at an ESRC poster session and being highly commended for its quality.

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CORERJ Educational Research e-Journal Volume 4 - now online!

Faculty of Education News
Friday 6 October

Volume 4 of the Cambridge Open-Review Educational Research e-Journal(CORERJ) is finally live!

CORERJ is the Faculty of Education's online student journal. It forms a platform for students to share ongoing or completed work with peers and and the wider academic community. This year, we are particularly delighted to publish our first ever Special Paper - an interview with Professor Susan Robertson (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge), on publishing in academic journals.

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FERSA Blog - calling all new graduate students

Pile of books about education
Wednesday 4 October

This week we welcome a new cohort of graduate students to the Faculty of Education. The FERSA blog has recently published two blog posts with relevant advice for new MPhil students and PhD students.

The FERSA blog editors, Tyler Shores, Stine Ravnå and CJ Rauch say:

“Embarking on graduate studies is exciting, but also somewhat daunting. We therefore hope that the FERSA blog can be a useful resource for new students, offering insights, ideas and advice on various aspects of the graduate research journey".

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