Students, alumni, friends, and current and former staff gathered at Lancaster University on September 22nd 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Department of Educational Research.

The one-day Symposium focussed on the three key areas of research active currently in the Department. Each area of research was represented by a keynote address delivered by one of the many illustrious academics who has worked in the Department and supported by papers from two members of each of our three Research centres.
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Higher Education

Keynote 1: Professor Noel Entwistle – “The Origins and Subsequent Development of Research into University Teaching and Learning within the Department”

Gemma Derrick and Kirsty Finn – “Facing tomorrows HE challenges armed with 50 years behind us: HEREE and now”

Social Justice and Well-Being in Education

Keynote 2: Professor Rosemary Deem – “Equality and Education”

Sue Cranmer – “‘Tries hard, could do better.’  How schools support disabled young people’s digital use practices in schools”

Nicola Ingram – “Classed and Gendered Inequalities in University Access, Experience and Outcomes”

Technology Enhanced Learning

Keynote 3: Professor Peter Goodyear – “Education, Technology and Design”

Kyungmee Lee – “Discourses and realities of online higher education: Openness and innovation”

Brett Bligh – “Anytime, anywhere?  The return of space and time in digital education”

Awards for Publishing Research into Higher Education from Two Doctoral Programmes

During the Symposium, awards for publishing research into Higher Education arising from the PhD programme in Educational Research – Higher Education were presented to Catherine O’Connell and Ray Land.  Awards from the PhD Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement were presented to Rob Shaw (in absentia) and Colm Kelleher.  A short video of the presentation ceremony is visible on our YouTube Channel.

The lively day symposium was followed by an even livelier evening celebration.

Thank you to everyone who attended the celebration in person or online, to the event organisers and to all alumni and staff who have contributed to the success of the Department during its first 50 years.