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

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

Visit the conference website for further information and where to register.

Conference Website

ESREA conference 2018

4th conference of the ESREA Migration, Transnationalism and Racisms Network - Edinburgh 2018 | Building solidarities for Anti-Racist Adult Education  | 13-15 June 2018

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

Visit the conference website for further information and where to register.


Professor Bruce Kidd

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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Sponsored by Moray House School of Education and the Academy of Sport

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

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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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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Are you feeling innovative?

Innovation Initiative Grants

Small project grants of up to £5000 to support innovations in teaching, research and student experience. The next window runs from runs from Thursday 15 February 2018 until 12 noon on Thursday 29 March 2018. Further information including guidelines, checklists, full terms and conditions and details regarding how to submit your application can be found on the IIG website.

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

'Colours of the Alphabet' poster

'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.

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

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.

Speaker:  Professor Lani Florian, Bell Chair of Education

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

Venue: Paterson’s Land - G1

Sponsored by Moray House School of Education and the Godfrey Thomson Trust


Graduations / Open Days

Photo of Moray House students on Graduation Day

Graduation is a momentous occasion for every student. We have Winter and Summer Graduation Days.

Open Days are an opportunity for you to come and see the University and out about student life in Edinburgh from those that know it best, our students and staff.

PhD studentships/scholarships

PhD studentships and scholarships

Research news and events

We already have some research news and details about research seminars / conferences on this page, but you can find more research news and details about many more seminars through the following link.

Professional development courses

We run a wide range of professional development courses.

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