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Celebrating 50 years of Education at York

Posted on 18 February 2013

A series of public lectures and other events will celebrate 50 years of Education at the University of York.

Maggie Snowling, credit: Suzy Harrison

Organised by the University’s Department of Education - which was established in 1963 - the events are part of a year-long calendar of activities marking the University of York’s 50th Anniversary.

The public lecture series will consist of four evening lectures which will bring together experts and the local community for a debate of the present and future of education. Subjects covered will range from dyslexia to science education, to the teaching of Shakespeare.

Professor Judith Bennett, Head of the Department of Education, said: “York’s Department of Education enjoys a national and international reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research. The lecture series is both a celebration of the Department’s achievements over the past 50 years, and an opportunity for members of the public to find out more about the work going on in the field of education and how this relates to individuals, families and society.”  

Dr Benedetta Bassetti, the series coordinator, added: “These lectures will be a fantastic opportunity for the local community to discuss education and related issues with renowned experts.”

The series begins with a lecture by Professor Maggie Snowling of the University of Oxford – until recently a professor in York’s Centre for Reading and Language – on dyslexia on Thursday, 21 February.

Already fully booked, the lecture will examine what researchers have learned from family studies following children from preschool through to early years. Starting from the knowledge that dyslexia has a hereditary basis, the lecture will focus on what studies of children at familial risk can tell us about the nature of dyslexia and the implications for intervention to prevent the downward spiral often associated with the condition.       

The lecture series is both a celebration of the Department’s achievements over the past 50 years, and an opportunity for members of the public to find out more about the work going on in the field of education

Professor Judith Bennett

As well as the public lectures, the Department of Education’s 50th Anniversary celebration will involve a number of other activities. These include an event aimed at local York schools and their staff on Tuesday, 12 March. Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the Teaching Agency and the National College for School Leadership, will deliver a lecture on ‘Putting theory into policy and policy into practice: Current thinking on managing behaviour in schools’.

This invitation only event celebrates the close links York’s Department of Education has with local schools.

For further information visit www.york.ac.uk/education/news-events/events/50/

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