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Professor David BridgesKeynote and Speakers

Keynote speaker: Professor David Bridges

We are thrilled to welcome Prof. David Bridges (Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge) to deliver the keynote address. David Bridges taught for 22 years at Homerton College, where he became Deputy Principal, until he was elected to a Chair at the University of East Anglia in 1990. There he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education and subsequently Pro Vice Chancellor, (1996- 2000). He then took up a position as Executive Director of the newly established Association of Universities in the East of England with a base in the East of England Regional Development Agency, a role that he held until 2006.

He was invited to take on the Chair of the Von Hugel Institute, a College based Multi Disciplinary Research Institute at St Edmund’s College, in 2003 (and until 2008) and was elected to a Fellowship of the College. Here he established the Centre for Educational Research and Development which he directed until 2009.

Through the last 25 years Professor Bridges has combined regional and national commitments with an extensive programme of international work. This has included work in Ethiopia (for the last 25 years), Belize, Guyana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Lithuania, Vietnam, Iran and, currently, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. His current work is focussed on educational development in Kazakhstan and Mongolia in a major collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations.

He has also maintained an extensive programme of empirically based research and writing in philosophy of education. His many publications include recent work on the relationship between educational research and policy which arose out of an ESRC sponsored project. Professor Bridges’ career illustrates the possibility of combining rigorous academic research and writing with profoundly practical and outward-focused projects, and we look forward to his reflections on the theme of ‘Opening up the Ivory Tower’.

Panel Sessions

Dr. Cathy Burke & Dr. David Whitebread, University of Cambridge
Play and modern childhood

Prof. Colin Brock, University of Durham
Social Responsibility of University Research in Educational Studies in the Context of the Urgent Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

Noémie Neighbour (Head of French, Wisbech Grammar School) & Carole Willis (Chief Executive, National Foundation for Educational Research)
Making educational research matter: voices from outside the Ivory Tower

Virtual interview

Prof. Pat Thomson (University of Nottingham) & Prof. Barbara Kamler (Deakin University)
Writing collaboratively


Faculty of Education Library team (Angela, Emma, Louisa, Hazel, Amy & Lauren)
Taming literature in the digital age – a piece of cake!

Dr. Pamela Burnard, University of Cambridge
Creativities and arts-based research methods and methodologies: activating new possibilities for moving beyond the hegemonic relationships of research and researchers

Selena (Yanyue) Yuan, University of Cambridge
An Interactive Experimental Writing Workshop: Using Spontaneous Writing to Create and Transform Data

Dr. Janice Jones, University of Southern Queensland
Reflected, refracted, re-voiced: The Ivory Tower re-constructed

Malavika Anderson, University of Cambridge, Public Engagement Office
Going public: engaging ‘normal people’ with your research