Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice news

Ruth Awolola Launches New Childrens Poetry Anthology

Posted on 22 November 2017

First year BA English in Education student Ruth Awolola has launched her first co-authored childrens poetry anthology - Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry


We are delighted to congratulate first year English in Education student Ruth Awolola on the publication of her first co-authored poetry anthology for children: Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry

Ruth is one of five young authors under 25 that created the anthology aimed at 10-14 year olds. Ruth contributed eight poems to the anthology which touch on a range of different subjects and themes including; family, race, travelling and space. Ruth and her co-authors will be touring UK primary and secondary schools with the book in 2018.

The book has been reviewed and recommended by organisations such as Books for Keeps and The Bookseller and will be recommended in Booktrust Special School Library Pack. 

CRESJ to host 2018 BAICE conference

Posted on 13 November 2017

We are delighted that the BAICE conference 2018 will be held at the University of York, Convened by Dr Eleanor Brown.


CRESJ are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) conference 12th-14th September 2018, convened by Dr Eleanor Brown. This conference is supported by the Research Centre for Social Sciences, the Justice and Equality Research Theme and the York International Development Network.

The aim of this conference is to consider how central concepts in the field of comparative and international education – such as development, sustainability and global social justice– can be reimagined in order to offer new trajectories for educational research, policy and practice. The conference welcome papers that discuss comparative and international education, formal and non-formal learning at primary, secondary and tertiary level or adult education, across all global regions including high, middle and low-income countries. Papers which reflect on innovative or alternative approaches, or transformative initiatives that challenge inequalities or provide solutions to social challenges, are all encouraged. In particular we are calling for papers that will help us to identify possibilities for education, that critique, question and challenge accepted wisdom and provide inspiration to think about the role of education in different ways.

The call for papers deadline is 1st February 2018. A short 300 word abstract is required and a range of presentation styles are encouraged. For more information please go to the BAICE Website:  https://baice.ac.uk/baice-conference-2018/

Save the date and most importantly submit your abstracts early, this is going  to be a fantastic event and we hope to see many of you there!

CRESJ Seminar Series: Coercion, Mimesis, and Normativity in UK Social Science Doctoral Funding

Posted on 2 November 2017

Dr Richard Budd will present his recent research on access to postgraduate education.


We are delighted to welcome Dr Richard Budd from Liverpool Hope University to present our next CRESJ seminar.  He is associate director of the Centre for Education and Policy Analysis (CEPA) and a Lecturer in Education Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He also contributes to a university-wide group looking at widening participation.


Dr Budd's talk focusses on coercion, mimesis and normativity in UK social science doctoral funding. In 2010 the ESRC launched 21 Doctoral Training Centres, concentrating all of its doctoral funding through 46 universities for the next five (subsequently six) years. Dr Budd's talk will consider how this excluded the majority of UK HEIs from offering ESRC-funded doctorates, many of whom had been able to before 2010. His paper describes the organisational experiences of, and responses to, this policy from universities both within and outside the ESRC DTC 'fold', through interviews with 30 senior researchers and university managers. It draws on a theoretical approach known as 'neo-institutionalism', which holds that organisations in a given field - an 'institution' - align themselves across that field through a combination of coercion, mimesis, and normativity (DiMaggio and Powell, 1983). He argues that they are encouraged to towards isomorphism due to policy dis-/incentives, copying others, and adhering to what are seen as shared values or behaviours. We will see examples of these in accounts across the sector, and that having - or being deprived of - the ESRC 'kite mark' for doctoral training carries significant costs and/or benefits. How universities negotiated this context varied, to some extent dependent on their organisational status and history.


The talk will take place on Wednesday 15th November at 4pm in the Spring Lane Building (SLB/106). Save the date, this is not one you will want to miss!

Ruth Awolola Launches New Childrens Poetry Anthology

Posted on Wednesday 22 November 2017

First year BA English in Education student Ruth Awolola has launched her first co-authored childrens poetry anthology - Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry

CRESJ to host 2018 BAICE conference

Posted on Monday 13 November 2017

We are delighted that the BAICE conference 2018 will be held at the University of York, Convened by Dr Eleanor Brown.

CRESJ Seminar Series: Coercion, Mimesis, and Normativity in UK Social Science Doctoral Funding

Posted on Thursday 2 November 2017

Dr Richard Budd will present his recent research on access to postgraduate education.

CRESJ Seminar Series: Discourses of discrimination towards Muslim children in school.

Posted on Monday 16 October 2017

Dr. Oakleigh Welply from Durham University will be delivering our next fantastic seminar in the CRESJ seminar series: "I'm not being offensive but...": Discourses of discrimination towards Muslim children in school.

'Super Global High School' visits York

Posted on Thursday 3 August 2017

Students and staff from Hyogo High School visited York in July to learn about global citizenship education.

CRESJ PhD student nominated as Volunteer of the Year

Posted on Wednesday 19 July 2017

Agata Lambrechts nominated for York Community Pride awards

Hong Kong grant success

Posted on Friday 14 July 2017

Hong Kong research grant and honorary professorship for Professor Ian Davies

The impact of "impact"

Posted on Monday 10 July 2017

Does an emphasis on practical application devalue blue-sky thinking? Education PhD student, Jennifer Chubb examines attitudes.

Symposium held on migrant educational journeys

Posted on Monday 26 June 2017

CRESJ PhD student Agata Lambrechts co-organised a one-day University of York Migration Network event on 6 June 2017

Prof Ian Davies leads event on youth activism in Toronto

Posted on Thursday 15 June 2017

CRESJ Director Ian Davies led a public event on youth activism in Toronto, Canada, as part of his international project funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Congratulations to Dr Paul Wakeling

Posted on Thursday 15 June 2017

CRESJ's Paul Wakeling has been promoted to a personal chair in education.

Congratulations to our PhD student Ghazal Syed

Posted on Wednesday 31 May 2017

Ghazal has successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

Symposium celebrates 20 years of 'childness'

Posted on Monday 29 May 2017

Clémentine Beauvais reports on our recent symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of Peter Hollindale's book 'Signs of Childness'

A Moment That Made Us!

Posted on Wednesday 10 May 2017

Well known local author, Tim Murgatroyd, York University Alumnus, inspired fourteen keen students from Kelvin Hall School in a recent creative writing workshop.

New project tackles sexual harassment on campus

Posted on Wednesday 29 March 2017

CRESJ researcher Dr. Vanita Sundaram will jointly lead the HEFCE-funded research and action project

British Muslim university students’ perceptions of Prevent and its impact on their sense of identity

Posted on Tuesday 28 February 2017

The Prevent strategy at UK universities is designed to reduce the possibility of university students becoming radicalised and so working against them supporting or directly engaging in terrorist activities.

Debates in History Teaching

Posted on Tuesday 28 February 2017

Debates in History Teaching remains essential reading for any student or practising teacher engaged in initial training, continuing professional development or Master's-level study

CRESJ researchers evaluate major postgraduate investment

Posted on Tuesday 3 January 2017

Drs. Paul Wakeling and Sally Hancock have been awarded funding to evaluate HEFCE's £50M Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015/16.

Government report highlights York Education sexual violence and 'lad culture' research

Posted on Monday 26 September 2016

Dr Vanita Sundaram’s research has been cited in the government’s new sexual harassment in schools report.

Conference presentations for PhD students

Posted on Thursday 22 September 2016

CRESJ research students have been busy sharing their research at international conferences

CICeA Best Publication Award 2015

Posted on Wednesday 21 September 2016

Children's Identity and Citizenship European Association award Best Publication 2015 to Education

Winning UK doctoral degree outcomes and graduates' backgrounds project

Posted on Monday 11 July 2016

Congratulations to Dr Sally Hancock who is a Society for Research into Higher Education Newer Researcher Award prize winner.

Phd grant awarded

Posted on Monday 20 June 2016

Ghazal Kazim Syed, final year PhD Education student, has been awarded a grant by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust.

Funded student research visit

Posted on Monday 20 June 2016

Student Jennifer Brouhard from Oakland, California, received a Fulbright Scholarship to complete her Education research project in York.

3 minute thesis competition

Posted on Monday 20 June 2016

We are proud that Education PhD students Veronica Garcia Castro, Laura Louise Nicklin and Laura Oxley qualified for the 3 Minute Thesis Final 2016.

Flash Fiction with Hull school

Posted on Monday 16 May 2016

Young people from Kelvin Hall School in Hull worked with York Education undergraduates as part of the Children and Literature Module.

Chinese university funded visit

Posted on Wednesday 4 May 2016

Dr Sarah Olive visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), thanks to a research mobility award from CUHK.

New research from new lecturer

Posted on Tuesday 3 May 2016

Article on the history of child psychology published by Dr Clémentine Beauvais

Supplementary schools in England uncovered

Posted on Friday 29 April 2016

Executive Director of the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education gave a talk at the Department in April.

Quadruple grant success for CRESJ

Posted on Tuesday 26 April 2016

Significant research grants awarded to CRESJ researchers by the Leverhulme Trust, Daphne Foundation, Realising Opportunities and British Academy

Ian Davies visit to Nanjing

Posted on Monday 25 April 2016

Professor Ian Davies spoke in a series events at Nanjing University, China during March 2016.

The responsibilities of the social studies researcher: international comparisons

Posted on Wednesday 23 March 2016

Dr. Noboru Tanaka of the Faculty of Education, Gifu University, Japan recently visited the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice.

CRESJ PhD research in the news

Posted on Monday 14 March 2016

Jenn Chubb's study of academic research impact and integrity has made the news in the UK and Australia

Does Citizenship Education connect with Japanese Home Economics Education?

Posted on Monday 14 March 2016

Professor Imoto of Kawaga Nutrition University and Professor Arai of the University of Fukui (both Japan) visited the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice in March 2016.

Education student wins PhD competition prize

Posted on Monday 1 February 2016

Education research student Laura Louise Nicklin has won the Social Sciences faculty prize in the PhD Research Spotlight competition.

Chinese Professor visit

Posted on Thursday 17 December 2015

The Department of Education was delighted to welcome Professor Xiandong Yu from Zhengzhou University, China.

CRESJ students at SRHE 2015

Posted on Tuesday 15 December 2015

PhD researchers María Ana Chavana and Jenn Chubb presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education's Annual Conference, 8-11 December 2015.

New book by Ian Davies and colleagues

Posted on Monday 16 November 2015

Education, Globalization and the Nation published by Palgrave Macmillan

New MA in Social Justice and Education

Posted on Wednesday 11 November 2015

The Department of Education is taking applications for our new MA in Social Justice and Education.

Cover of Vanita Sundaram's book Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education
New book edited by Vanita Sundaram

Posted on Tuesday 10 November 2015

Global Perspectives and Key Debates in Sex and Relationships Education Addressing Issues of Gender, Sexuality, Plurality and Power, edited by Vanita Sundaram and Helen Sauntson

CRESJ students at BERA, 2015
CRESJ PhD students present at BERA 2015

Posted on Monday 5 October 2015

Our research students were well represented at the British Educational Research Association annual conference 2015 in Belfast

Helping young people to understand and take part in contemporary society

Posted on Thursday 10 September 2015

Professor Ian Davies spoke about the importance of focusing on a contemporary society in citizenship education programmes, in an interview given at the National Institute of Education Singapore conference Redesigning Pedagogy 2015.

CRESJ colleagues and Dr Daibo Chen
Farewell to Daibo Chen

Posted on Monday 10 August 2015

CRESJ colleagues said farewell to academic visitor Dr. Daibo Chen of East China University of Political Science and Law

Links between university attended and graduates’ future prospects

Posted on Thursday 25 June 2015

Dr Paul Wakeling is supporting calls for more scrutiny of graduates’ prospects, following his study showing variations in access to top positions for graduates.

Education and social justice research poster presentation workshop

Posted on Friday 29 May 2015

The research students of CRESJ are inviting statements of interest for all students working in education and social justice research for their very first poster presentation workshop, to be held on 11 June.

Citizenship, character and values education Singapore talk

Posted on Friday 22 May 2015

Around 1,000 policy makers, teachers and researchers will hear from Professor Ian Davies on ‘Education for a better world: the struggle for social justice in the 21st century’ at an international conference in Singapore.

Accessing and experiencing Higher Education: Adjustment sponsorship and other questions in the sociology of higher education

Posted on Monday 20 April 2015

On Wednesday 13 May CRESJ is delighted to welcome Dr. Anna Mountford-Zimdars of King's College London as our seminar speaker

Equality Challenge Unit
Supporting equality and diversity in higher education

Posted on Monday 20 April 2015

Head of Policy at Equality Challenge Unit Gary Loke was the main speaker at an Equality and HE: issues, ideas and initiatives seminar hosted by the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice.

CRESJ colleagues and Dr Daibo Chen
Internationalizing Chinese Universities: opportunities and challenges

Posted on Sunday 29 March 2015

CRESJ members attend inaugural meeting of East Asia Research Collaboration Network.

Tackling Lad Culture

Posted on Friday 27 March 2015

Dr Vanita Sundaram is to give a keynote address on her research at a ‘Tackling Lad Culture on Campus’ event for higher education institutions in the North East.

Shakespeare for all?

Posted on Monday 2 March 2015

CRESJ lecturer Dr Sarah Olive's research looks at how William Shakespeare's works are used within education in the UK and across the world.

CRESJ PhD student in Magna Carta celebrations

Posted on Wednesday 18 February 2015

Commonwealth Scholar Joyce Vuban participated in an event to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at the House of Lords

Gender stereotypes make teenagers more accepting of violence

Posted on Thursday 12 February 2015

Senior Lecturer Dr Vanita Sundaram discusses how teenagers' opinions about when violence is acceptable or not can be influenced by the way they perceive the relationships between men and women.

Equality Challenge Unit
Equality and HE seminar

Posted on Wednesday 4 February 2015

CRESJ will welcome Gary Loke, Head of Policy at the Equality Challenge Unit, to speak on 23 March, 2.00pm - 4.00pm.

CRESJ researchers in Times Higher Education

Posted on Monday 5 January 2015

Dr Sally Hancock's research on PhD students was featured in Times Higher Education magazine, which also printed her opinion editorial with Dr Paul Wakeling on postgraduate access.

CRESJ hosts drama seminars

Posted on Tuesday 23 December 2014

CRESJ hosted two seminars on drama and education focusing on citizenship and drama in Japan and England; and on the arts, activism and social inclusion.

Ian Davies to be keynote speaker at major international conference

Posted on Wednesday 10 December 2014

Professor Ian Davies has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference in June 2015.

CRESJ at SRHE 2014

Posted on Wednesday 10 December 2014

CRESJ researchers will speak at this week’s Society for Research into Higher Education annual conference at the Celtic Manor resort, Newport.

Autumn Statement: the experts respond

Posted on Thursday 4 December 2014

Access to higher education researcher Dr Paul Wakeling comments on the postgraduate loans announcement in the budget.

Students benefiting from the York Masters Opportunities Scholars scheme

Posted on Monday 20 October 2014

Dr Paul Wakeling is leading the research underpinning HEFCE’s Postgraduate Support Scheme at York.

CRESJ at BERA 2014

Posted on Friday 26 September 2014

CRESJ was well-represented at the international British Educational Research Association conference, held in London in September 2014.

Citizenship education in Hong Kong

Posted on Friday 11 July 2014

Ian Davies invited to the Hong Kong Institute of Education's Social Science Week 2014

The CRESJ Summer Seminar in progress
CRESJ Summer Seminar 2014

Posted on Friday 20 June 2014

A discussion on the possibilities of quantitative secondary data analysis in addressing and informing educational issues

Dr Ian Davies
International conference key note speech on the development of citizenship education

Posted on Thursday 19 June 2014

Professor Ian Davies was the key note speaker at a conference in Nicosia on Active Citizenship organised by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute in collaboration with the European University of Nicosia and with the support of the European Communal Fund on 6 June 2014.

Creating Citizenship Communities

Posted on Monday 2 June 2014

CRESJ members are co-authors of a new book focusing on how education can help young people understand contemporary society.

Addressing the social problem of youth violence

Posted on Tuesday 27 May 2014

Dr Vanita Sundaram has a new book published: Preventing Youth Violence: Rethinking the Role of Gender in Schools.

International conference on Educating young people about sex

Posted on Monday 3 March 2014

CRESJ member Dr Vanita Sundaram co-organised an international conference at Masaryk University

Department of Education in the USA

Posted on Saturday 1 March 2014

Dr Gill Hampden-Thompson recently gave three talks in the USA.

Project set to remove barriers to postgraduate study

Posted on Tuesday 10 December 2013

Dr Paul Wakeling, CRESJ member has secured funding to work on a project to support postgraduate students.