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Geoff Hayward


Professor of Education

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+ 44 (0)1223 767713


  • BA Zoology University of Oxford
  • MA University of Oxford
  • DPhil University of Oxford
  • Cert Ed University of Huddersfield

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • BERA
  • ECER
  • AERA
  • Visiting Professor University of Paderborn

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I started my academic career as a research biologist at the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool. I taught in the Further Education sector for five years and I have been involved in the training and education of teachers across both Primary and Secondary phases at the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, Universities of Oxford and Leeds.

At the University of Oxford’s Department of Education I was one of the directors of the Nuffield 14-19 Review of Education and Training, Associate Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) and the Director of Research. Subsequently, I was Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds for three and a half years before joining the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge in October 2014.

Academic Area/Links

  • Leadership for Learning

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Research Topics

  • vocational education and training policy and practice;
  • social disadvantage and education;
  • transitions into Higher Education and the labour market;
  • learning transfer.

Current Research Project(s)

  • Gatsby Foundation: The Science, Education and Technology Teaching Workforce in English FE Colleges
  • Nuffield Foundation: Implementing the post-16 mathematics agenda: the mathematics teacher workforce in the Further Education sector

Prospective PhD Applications

Geoff Hayward will be retiring in 2022 and is therefore not accepting any further PhD applications.

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  • Postgraduate
    • PhD supervision

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Principal and Recent Publications

Kinti, I. and Hayward, G. (2012) Developing Skills for collaborative, relational research in Higher Education: a cultural historical analysis. In Wells, G. and Edwards, A. (eds) Pedagogy in Higher Education: A Cultural Historical Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Hayward, G. and Williams, R. (2011) Joining the big society: am I bothered? London Review of Education 9(2): 175-189

Hayward, G. and Hoelscher, M. (2011) The use of large scale administrative data sets to monitor progression from vocational education and training into higher education in the UK: Possibilities and methodological challenges. Research in Comparative and International Education 6(3): 316-329

Hayward, G. (2011) Young people Not in Education, Employment or Training. In Daniels, H. & Hedegaard, M. (eds) The practice of support for children and schools: A cultural theory approach. London: Routledge

Ertl, H. and Hayward, G. (2010) Caught in the ‘triple lock’? An evaluation of governance structures of the development of 14-19 Diplomas in England. Research in Comparative and International Education. 5(3) 316-330

Hayward, G. (2010), Vocational Education and Training and the School-to-Work Transition. In: Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGaw, (Editors), International Encyclopaedia of Education. Volume 8, pp. 306-311. Oxford: Elsevier.

Ertl H and Hayward, G. (2010), Modularization in Vocational Education and Training. In: Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGaw, (Editors), International Encyclopedia of Education. volume 8, pp. 383-390. Oxford: Elsevier.

David, M., Bathmaker, A-M, Crozier, G., Davis, P. Ertl, H, Fuller, A., Hayward, G. , Heath, S., Hockings, C., Parry, G., Reay, D., Vignoles, A. and Williams, J. (2009) Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education. London: Routledge

Pring, R., Hayward, G., Hodgson, A., Johnson, J., Keep, E., Oancea, A., Rees, G., Spours, K. and Wilde, S. (2009) Education for All: The Future of education and training for 14-19 year olds. London: Routledge

Ertl, H., Stanley, S., Huddleston, P., Stasz, C., Laczik. A, and Hayward, G. (2009) Reviewing Diploma Development: Evaluation of the Design of the Diploma Qualification. RR DCSF-RW080 Nottingham: DCSF.