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ERI: Past Seminars

Previous Seminars & Talks Organised by ERI

Below is a list of seminars organised by the Education Reform and Innovation Team. Select seminars are also available for download.

Recent Seminars | 2018

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Young People's Mental Health in Schools: Understanding and Responding to the Evidence, A talk from Professor Gordon Harold hosted by ERI in collaboration with Cambridge Forum for Children's Emotional Wellbeing (CF)

Professor Gordon Harold holds the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair and is Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. Harold’s primary research interests focus on examining the impact of early rearing adversities (e.g. inter-parental conflict, negative parenting, parent mental health) on child and adolescent mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, conduct problems), the interplay between genetic factors, pre-natal, post-natal rearing experiences and children’s mental health, and translating research-led recommendations to practice and policy contexts.

Thursday 26 April 2018

Time for Change: 10 Years of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools in collaboration with the Faculty of Education

Lecture by K.Shamshidinova, Chairperson, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools AEO. Shamshidinova was formally Vice-Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan for five years. She has also held the post of Director General of the Bobek National Scientific Practical Education and Health Centre and has been Deputy Mayor of Taldykorgan. Earlier in her career she worked as a Chemistry teacher and director of a secondary school in the Almaty region.

Tuesday 11th July 2017

Conceptualising, Adapting and Measuring Young People’s Wellbeing in Secondary Schools in Kazakhstan

This seminar presents results from a large-scale, multi-phased, mixed-method research that seeks to examine young people’s wellbeing in Kazakhstan. In the first part of this seminar Dr. Daniel Torrano, Dr.Ros McLellan and Dr. Liz Winter will put forward a statistically ratified model of psychological and overall wellbeing, which has been developed over several phases of fieldwork in Kazakhstan, in order to prompt a discussion of its strengths and limitations. The second part of the seminar will be presented by Dr. Eva Brown Hajdukova who will reflect on the emergent themes of young people’s discourses on wellbeing in order to expose the factors young people perceive to be important in their lives. The combined approaches of large-scale and detailed analyses will be the central focus of this seminar in order to promote an integrated approach to representing and assessing young people’s wellbeing that combines both sensitivity and overall validity. From 2015 the Faculty of Education and Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education have partnered to examine young people’swellbeing and school engagement in secondary schools in Kazakhstan. Funding is provided by the Newton-Al-Farabi Partnership Programme coordinated by the JSC Science Fund and the British Council.

Tuesday 24th April 2017

Higher Education Reform & Development: The case of Kazakhstan

This seminar introduces a forthcoming book edited by Matt Hartley and Alan Ruby and published by Cambridge University Press. It draws together many years work by scholars, researchers and practitioners that began with some consultancy work on a national human development strategy for Kazakhstan. This led to some advisory work on the basic legal and academic architecture to establish a new university in Astana, which turned into Nazarbayev University, a highly selective research oriented English language institution with a number of international partners. Those partners include Cambridge and the University of Pennsylvania and the relationships established in those first years of co-operative endeavor continue.The work has evolved from an initial focus on supporting and developing one institution to address how to improve the governance and management of national and provincial universities by increasing academic autonomy and establishing effective boards of trustees. It has also covered issues like better data to steer the public system of higher education and manage individual institutions and the role and impact of national scholarships tenable at international colleges and universities. And it has dealt with such fundamental issues as the reform of teacher education and the professional growth and development of the existing teacher workforce.Four of the contributors to this collection, Sagintayeva, Hartley, McLaughlin and Ruby will talk about some of the major themes that have emerged from this work especially the key leadership challenges for Kazakhstan’ system of higher education and its institutions. They will also comment on issues that will be encountered in the next few years as the nation continues to develop and engage with the global economy and a rapidly changing environment.

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