Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Professor Geoff Hayward appointed as new Head of School

19 October 2010 |

Geoff HaywardThe School of Education is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Geoff Hayward as its new Head of School with effect from 1 January 2011.

Dr Hayward is currently Reader in Education and Director of Research at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.  He was also a Director of the Nuffield 14-19 Review set up in 2003 as the most systematic inquiry into this phase of education and training undertaken in the last thirty years, and is co-director of the Oxford Centre for Socio-cultural and Activity Theory (OSAT). In 2003, he became Associate Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE). He helps coordinate the Higher Education and Professional Learning Research Group and is a fellow of Kellogg College.

Geoff’s research interests are in vocational education and training, and the relationship between formal education and the world of work. It is this interest that he is pursuing through his work in SKOPE and the Nuffield 14-19 Review. Geoff's work involves using both qualitative and quantitative methods, and his work on learning and knowledge transfer is informed by socio-cultural theories of cognition and situated learning. More recently this has led him to an increased interest in issues of knowledge transfer and innovation, both through teaching and learning, and through collaborative arrangements for research between Higher Education and the private sector.

As well as the Nuffield and ESRC/SKOPE projects, Geoff was co-director of ‘Degrees of Success: the Transition from VET into Higher Education’, funded by HEFCE via the ESRC's Teaching and Learning Research Programme and ‘An evaluation of the Diploma Design process’ funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

We look forward to welcoming Geoff formally to the School in the New Year.

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