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Inaugural Lecture - Professor John Ravenscroft | The Representation(s) of Childhood Visual Impairment | 5 December 2018

Staff, students, friends, partners and the public are invited to join us for the inaugural lecture of Professor John Ravenscroft, Chair of Childhood Visual Impairment and Head and Director of the Scottish Sensory Centre.

The Representation(s) of Childhood Visual Impairment

Given that visual acuity, (how clear we see) – is no longer a sufficient marker for visual impairment, how does CVI affect our own representations of how children with visual impairment see, and more importantly how do children with CVI perceive and experience their world and their own learning environment with what is to them, normal vision.

Date/Time: Wednesday 5 December 2018, 5.15pm

Venue: Paterson’s Land LG34, Moray House School of Education

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Postgradaute Open Day 2018, 16 November

Postgraduate/Teacher Education Open Days  | 14 + 16 November 2018

Interested in further study at the University? Come along to our Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 14 November 2018. Explore your subject of interest, speak to current students and hear about admissions, funding and much more.

Interested in pursuing a career in teaching? Come along to our Teacher Education Open Day on Friday 16 November 2018. Find out about PGDE and MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching programmes, learn about the admissions process and speak to current students. 

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National Development Officer: Gypsy/Traveller Education

Applications are invited for the position of National Development Officer: Gypsy/Traveller Education. This is a twelve month, full-time, fixed-term seconded position. A job-share arrangement will be considered.

A dynamic, enthusiastic individual is sought to take forward this important opportunity to contribute to the development of a sustainable infrastructure of educational services for Gypsy/Traveller families through collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders. The role will support the implementation of Scottish Government’s new guidance on improving educational outcomes for Gypsy/Travellers. A central aim will be to extend the capacity of the Traveller Education Network (TENET) in developing partnerships to support young Gypsy/Travellers and their families at all stages of learning and career-development.

Successful applicants will have professional experience of teaching in the primary, secondary or other education context, including evidence of managing, developing and implementing strategic initiatives with a focus on cultural equity and social justice. Applicants will have a well-established reputation in the field of education, have held a position of professional responsibility and have experience of leading learning. They will have significant knowledge and experience of additional support for learning procedures and engaging families in pupils’ learning. The candidate will also have excellent knowledge of recent developments in Scottish education and recent experience of working with and supporting staff and producing learning resources.

The closing date is Thursday 15 November 2018 at 5pm. Please see attachments for full job description and how to apply.


CERES International Symposium | 26 October 2018

CERES International Symposium: Normalising Difference in Teacher Education

Speakers: Professor Linda Harklau - University of Georgia,  Associate Professor Angela Scarino - University of South Australia, Professor Kelleen Toohey - Simon Fraser University, Dr Yvonne Foley - University of Edinburgh

Date/Time: Friday 26 October 2018, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: Outreach Centre, Holyrood Road

> Further information on CERES website

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Student Experience Grants - funding for students and staff

Do you have a unique project that could enhance Edinburgh students’ social, academic or cultural development? If so, you could receive a grant of up to £5,000 to bring your ideas to life.

Student Experience Grants are open for student and staff applications between 13 September and 25 October 2018.

> More about Student Experience Grants

Alumni (former students) and friends of the University make the Student Experiences Grants possible through their donations to the Edinburgh Fund.

EELC Conference 2018 - Edinburgh | Linguistic Ethnography in a Changing World | 20-21 September

EELC Conference 2018 will bring together researchers from around the world, to share research around ethnography, language and communication. The conference title is ‘Linguistic Ethnography in a Changing World’ – asking how LE might contribute to public and scholarly debate.

Date: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 September 2018

Venue: Holyrood Campus

> Further infromation on EELC Conference website

Inaugural Lecture - Professor Rowena Arshad OBE | Scotland: The challenge of realising inclusive education when it comes to 'race' | 18 September 2018

Staff, Students, Friends, Partners and the Public are all invited to join us for the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Rowena Arshad, Chair in Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education and Head of Moray House School of Education

Against a backdrop in Scotland where black and ethnic minority pupils largely achieve better results than their white counterparts and with other pressing concerns such as the impact of poverty and failing levels of literacy and numeracy, it could be argued that ‘race’ equality while important is not a high priority.

Drawing from nearly 30 years of research and working in 'race' equality education in Scotland, the lecture explores the gains that have been madebut will ask what more needs done, particularly in an era of Trump and Brexit.  

Date /Time: Tuesday 18 September 2018, 5pm

Venue: Paterson’s Land LG34

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4th conference of the ESREA Migration, Transnationalism and Racisms Network - Edinburgh 2018 | 13-15 June 2018

Building solidarities for Anti-Racist Adult Education

The 4th conference of the ESREA Migation, Transnationalism and Racisms Network will be held in Edinburgh - Moray House School of Education (the University of Edinburgh's Holyrood Campus), EH8 8AQ.

Date: Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 June 2018

Venue: Paterson's Land, Moray House School of Education

> Further information on the conference website

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MHSE Annual Lecture - Professor Bruce Kidd 'Fresh winds for equity in sport' | Tues 5 June 2018

Speaker: Professor Bruce Kidd

Abstract: Despite the resurgence of conservative values, misogyny, racism and xenophobia in many parts of the world, there is new appetite and energy for equity in the sphere of international sport. At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea, the International Olympic Committee announced an ambitious new plan to realize gender equality in participation, leadership and the media presentation of events. The recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia staged an equal number of medal events for women and men, a first for any major multi-sport games, and encouraged other equity initiatives. There are similar efforts underway to combat homophobia and gender-based violence in sports organizations and countries.

Date /Time: Tuesday 5 June 2018, 5.00 pm

Venue: Paterson’s Land - LG34

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Public Lecture - Dr Elizabeth Peterson 'The Other F-word: Failure' | 29 May 2018

Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Peterson

Dr Elizabeth Peterson will discuss the topic of failure and our love-hate relationship with it. She will suggest that within education we are overly focussed on achievement and the avoidance of failure and in doing so we may be missing out on an important opportunity for long term growth and resilience.

Date /Time: Tuesday 29 May 2018 / 5.00 pm

Venue: Paterson’s Land - 1.19

Public Memorial Lecture - Scottish Educational Policy: Why statistics matter, and how we are going wrong | 26 March 2018

Professor Lindsay Paterson will give a public lecture in honour of the late Professor David Raffe (Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of its Centre for Educational Sociology)

David made an immense contribution to educational research in the UK and internationally over a 40 year period. His work was underpinned by a belief that “in a democratic society research provides a means by which the public can call the government to account”. Professor Paterson’s lecture will consider the extent to which researchers are able to scrutinise current educational policies in Scotland and contribute to public debate.

Venue /Date /Time: Outreach Centre / Monday 26 March 2018 / 5.30 - 7pm

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Inaugural Lecture - Professor Judy Robertson | Data Education for All | 15 May 2018

Abstract: Data is all around us. It is increasingly used by powerful algorithms to make decisions which influence our personal lives, financial circumstances and even electoral outcomes. It is predicted that advances in data science and machine learning will rapidly reshape the jobs market through automation. I believe it is important for everyone to have the opportunity to learn about what data is used for, how it is used and what rights individuals have over their personal data. Furthermore, we need a workforce with the computational and mathematical skills to process, analyse and interpret data to solve real world problems. This lecture argues that all children should learn about data as part of main stream education in schools, and proposes how to achieve this.

Date /Time: Tuesday 15 May 2018, 5.00 pm

Venue: Paterson’s Land - LG34

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Book Launch - Professor Margaret M Clark's 'Reading the Evidence: Synthetic phonics and literacy learning' | 22 February 2018

Margaret Clark is one of Britain's most experienced researchers in early childhood and literacy. She studied education and psychology part-time at Glasgow University while working as a primary school teacher, followed by PhD research on left-handedness. As a researcher at Strathclyde she was awarded a DLitt for her books Reading Difficulties in Schools and Young Fluent Readers. She was Professor of Education at Birmingham, and is now Visiting Professor at Newman University. Recognition includes an OBE, the UKLA Academic Book Award and recent election to the Reading Hall of Fame. This new book was first launched in Canberra and Perth in late 2017.

Welcome from Professor Rowena Arshad OBE / Introduction from Chair Professor Sue Ellis

Venue / Date / Time: Outreach Centre / Thursday 22 February 2018 / 5.30 - 8pm

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'Colours of the Alphabet' Film Screening Event | 13 February 2018

Film screening event followed by Q&A with director, Alastair Cole

COLOURS OF THE ALPHABET tells the story of three children and their families over two school terms, and asks the question: does the future have to be in English? 

The official language in Zambia is English, but there are seven national languages and 72 ethnic languages spoken in the country. How does anyone communicate in this living Tower of Babel? This lyrical and beautifully-filmed documentary is an eye-opening tale of the relationship between children and language from those first apprehensive days at school to the playground excitement at the end of term. 

In a world where nearly 40% of the population lack access to education in their own language, COLOURS OF THE ALPHABET is an affectionate and humorous portrayal of childhood innocence, misplaced hope, and the role of language as a means of binding a nation together - with multi-coloured subtitles to reflect the multilingual reality of the classroom.

Date/Time: Tuesday 13 February 2018 / 5pm - 7pm 

Venue: 50 George Square, Screening Room

Event organiser: Dr Shari Sabeti

National Improvement - Framework consultation on measuring the attainment gap and milestones towards closing it​​​

Moray House School of Education is happy to have produced the following response on the recent public consultation from Scottish Government.

> Details of response to Government (pdf)

Moray House / Godfrey Thomson Trust Public Lecture | On the Presumption of Mainstreaming: Ideals and Reality | 16 Jan 2018

Speaker:  Professor Lani Florian, Bell Chair of Education

Abstract: Concerns about inconsistencies in how the presumption of mainstreaming in Scottish schools is being applied has prompted the Government to review its guidance on this topic. In support of the current public consultation on the duty to provide education in a mainstream school, this public lecture considered the pros and cons of this policy and asked whether it still has a place in Scottish education.

Date/Time:  Tues 16 January 2018 /  5.00 pm, Reception following the lecture

Venue: Paterson’s Land - G1

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