A conference considering the role of education as an engine for social change in the UK is to be hosted by the Nottingham Institute of Education.
The biggest engine for change in the UK is education
Dr Sheine Peart, Nottingham Institute of Education
A conference considering the role of education as an engine for social change in the UK is to be hosted by Nottingham Institute of Education.
The Institute, based at Nottingham Trent University, will welcome the British Educational Research Association (BERA) event to discuss topics around social justice, race and faith in education on May 18.
Dr Sheine Peart from the Institute has been instrumental in bringing the conference to Nottingham Conference Centre this year.
Dr Peart, Convenor of the Social Justice special interest group at BERA, said: “The reason most people give for working in education is ‘to make a difference’. Sometimes, though, what we are passionate about is pushed down the agenda because we are focusing on the everyday aspects of doing the job.
"This conference provides an opportunity to go back to those basics of why we entered education in the first place. The biggest engine for change in the UK is education and there is an opportunity for those engaged in education to be a part of that. This is particularly important at a time of major change following Brexit and the US election.”
The event will see three workshops run throughout the day, focusing on theology, diversity and ‘British values’. Key speakers include theologian and documentary maker Robert Beckford. The Professor of Theology at Canterbury Christchurch University will discuss the use of urban music in attempting to address problems of liberation in society.
Professor Vini Lander and Dr Francis Farrell of Edge Hill University will speak on the ‘teaching’ of British values and what this means to Muslim teachers.
And Professor Iyiola Solanke from Leeds University will explore the issues of being a black female Professor in HE.
More information is available via the BERA website.
BERA is a learned society and charity committed to working for the public good by sustaining a strong and high quality educational research community, dedicated to advancing knowledge of education. BERA’s core aims are to: advance research quality, build research capacity and support research engagement in the education field. These aims are intended to secure the health of the discipline of education going forward and support the contribution educational research can make in the public domain.
Nottingham Trent University is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.
The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.
NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.
With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.