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ERI: Events and Seminars

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The ERI Open Seminar Series is a platform for analysis, discussion and critique of recent educational reforms and innovations in diverse international contexts.

Upcoming Events and Seminars

Change: Education Reform, Innovation and Policy (CERIP) - Launch event

Friday 12th March 2021
13:30 - 14:30 GMT via Zoom
Registration required

ERI will host a virtual launch event with a distinguished international panel representing education research, policy, and practice. Together, we will discuss and debate the future(s) of educational change across the globe.

This launch event is to announce the creation of a new special interest group, called Change: Education Reform, Innovation and Policy (CERIP), which is a student-led professional learning community focused on studying, supporting and implementing educational change in practice.

It seeks to bridge the gap between research, planning, and implementation by convening a diverse cohort of scholars, policymakers and practitioners.

Invited panelists

  • Vishal Talreja
    (Co-Founder & Trustee, Dream a Dream India)
  • Pilvi Torsti
    (State Secretary, Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment; State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture - 2013-15)
  • Rebecca Winthrop
    (Co-Director & Senior Fellow, Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution)


Please register for the event on Eventbrite.

Further information about CERIP events and opportunities

If you are interested in hearing about CERIP events and opportunities, please join our mailing list.

Friday 28th February 2020

The “Refugee Brand” and Humanitarian Education: a critique of the discourse of education of refugee children

A seminar by Dr Maha Shuayb, Director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Donald McIntyre Building GS1, 28th February 2020 at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The seminar will be streamed live at
and a recording will be uploaded to

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Knowledge, Democracy and Educational Action Research: Beliefs, Science, Politics and Resistance in Knowledge Production.

A seminar from Professor Lonnie Rowell, University of San Diego USA; Emeritus Co-Founder, Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)

Donald McIntyre Building, GS1, 7th November 2018, 16.30-18.00

Please register your attendance here

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Completed seminar series available to watch online

Kazakhstan Open Seminar Series

The seminars, led by Dr Olena Fimyar, took place at the Faculty of Education once or twice a month free of charge and were also broadcasted live via AdobeConnect. The seminar series 'Internationalisation and Educational Reform in Eastern European and the Commonwealth of Independent States' is organised by the Kazakhstan programme research team as a platform for analysis, discussion and critique of the recent educational reforms in the Newly Independent nations of the former Soviet Union and its satellite states. From a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives the questions that we invite us all to explore are:

  • the Russian/Soviet inheritance and how this continues to shape education policy and practice
  • the relationship of educational reform to the development of post independence national identity
  • the internationalisation of education reform, the global education space, policy 'borrowing' and the indigenisation of international practice.

Read more here

Ukraine Higher Education Leadership Programme

In November 2016, Education Reform and Innovation hosted a visit of 13 scholars from 2 displaced* universities in Ukraine. The universities visiting Cambridge were Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University (VDEUNU), relocated to Severodonetsk, and Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University (LTSNU), relocated to Starobilsk. The membership of the Ukrainian delegation consisted of 2 University Rectors, 8 university staff, 2 students and the Head of the Institute of Higher Education National Academy of Educational Sciences.

The visit was funded by the British Council Ukraine Mobility Grant within the framework of the British Council’s Internationalisation of Higher Education Programme. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the best practices in university governance, leadership, education reform and student representation.

* Displaced universities are 16 universities in Ukraine which in 2014 were relocated from the zone of military conflict in eastern Ukraine to the territory under the control of the Ukrainian government.

The conference includes the following topics and speakers:

  • Finding a new place for a university in Ukraine (David Bridges)
  • Finding a new place for a university in Ukraine (David Bridges and Alan Tait)
  • University Vision, Values and Purpose (Anne Lonsdale)
  • Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School (Neil Stott and Laura Carnicero)
  • Rethinking Displacement and Estrangement in Higher Education (Jo-Anne Dillabough)
  • Ukrainian Studies in Cambridge (Rory Finnin)
  • Conflict and Post-Conflict Trauma in Ukrainian Oral and Written Poetry from the 16th Century Onwards: Formulating Research Questions (Iryna Shuvalova)
  • Peace Studies (Hilary Cremin and Kevin Kester)
  • Public Service Media and Participatory Society in Ukraine: The Focus on Research Design (Mariia Terentieva)
  • Aircraft Industry in Post-Soviet Countries: The Focus of Research Framework and Methodology (Anna Bilous)
  • Ukrainian Youth in Portugal: Issues of Ethnic and Educational Identities (Antonina Tereschenko)
  • The Bologna Reform in Ukraine: A Case of Post-Soviet Europeanisation (Iryna Kushnir)
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Geoff Hayward)
  • Developing an International Strategy (Paola Contreras)
  • Finding Funding (David Carter)
  • E-Learning Technologies (Ruslan Ramanau)
  • Grant Writing (Iryna Kushnir, Anna Bilous and Olena Fimyar)
  • Next Steps (Colleen McLaughlin, Olena Fimyar, Natallia Yakavets)

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