This contemporary exhibition not only provides an insight into the eclectic and dynamic art produced by the artists themselves but will also include a variety of work produced by undergraduate BA Ed Art students, Fine Art students, tutors and visiting children from local schools, all of whom have been introduced to practices by the artists during workshops over the academic year.

The event, which will be based at the University of Reading’s London Road Campus’ Art Studios at the Institute of Education, will display an inspiring spring exhibition of the exciting and innovative work of our current artists-in-residencies;

Artwork by Emily Gillmor, Printer-in-resident

Emily Gillmor, Printer-in-resident

Mei Ting Sze, Ceramicist-in-resident

Andrew Hood, Sculptor-in-resident

David Fairservice, Painter-in-resident


Location: University of Reading, London Road Campus, 4 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX.

London Road Art Studios, L04, Institute of Education

Dates: Tuesday 14th March – Friday 23rd March 2017

Times: Open from 9 – 5 every day (excluding the weekend)

Launch of exhibition: Thursday 16th March 2017, 3.30 – 4.30pm

Contact: Suzy Tutchell 

Teresa Wilson, Programme Director

Our Early Years team has confirmed that any candidate who does not fully meet the entry criteria (eg who does not have Maths GCSE or the specified amount of full-time work experience, but may have part-time and/or volunteering experience) is invited to submit their application, which will be considered on a case by case basis.

Further enquiries: Ms Teresa Wilson, Programme Director, Foundation Degree in CDL. +44 (0)118 378 2641 

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) is a little gem located right next door to our London Road campus. A fascinating place to visit, it has often caught the imagination of the world at large, as with the infamous mousetrap story.mousetrap small

Now the MERL shop has kicked off 2017 with its traditional January Sale. This is a chance to pick up some fantastic bargains, especially among MERL’s wide range of unusual and lovely books.

None of us know what the internet sensation of 2017 will be. But there is no doubt that the sensation of 2016 was the mousetrap story! Want to know the stories behind these deadly little devices? Dip into David Drummond’s “British mouse traps and their makers” (£1.50).

For anyone who has seen our new Evacuee interactive, we recommend two books by Martin Parsons – “War child” and “I’ll take that one”. Through his research work, Martin was responsible for building up the Museum’s incredible collection of evacuee memoirs. He is a leading expert on the experiences of children in wartime and his books help to dispel many of the myths about this fascinating period. We have copies of both titles signed by the author (£6.00 and £5.00 respectively).

First encounters with the countryside are also dealt with by “In at the deep end” (£1.50). Agriculture lecturer Paul Harris gathered accounts from 41 students who – despite not growing up on a farm – took the brave decision to study agriculture and found themselves getting a year’s work experience. Completed only weeks before Dr Harris’s death in 2013, these are compelling and fascinating stories, where the warmth of the welcome given by the farmers and farmworkers stands in contrast with the cold of the winter mornings!

If you enjoyed our apple-themed activities at the Grand Re-opening Festival, then Michael Clark’s “Apples, a field guide” (£5.00) may well be the book for you. It can help you to identify that unknown apple growing in your garden or in the park. Or if you are feeling ambitious, you can use it to help you choose which variety to plant! Of course, if you want to go even further and take the path to self-sufficiency, then what better than Sonia Kurta’s “No dear, that’s a pheasant, we’re peasants” (£2.50), full of the pitfalls of having a smallholding and tips for those brave enough to try living “the good life”.

Whatever your interests – from folk art to traction engines and from literature to local history – there are plenty more bargains to be picked up this month. The MERL Shop Sale runs until 5 February.

Museum of English Rural Life
University of Reading
6 Redlands Road
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In recognition of Dr Catherine Tissot’s outstanding contribution to the field, the Higher Education

Dr Catherine Tissot, Head of Institute of Education

Dr Catherine Tissot, Head of Institute of Education

Academy (HEA) has just appointed her as a Senior Fellow. Institute of Education (IoE) colleagues, Dr Alison Silbey and Ilan Dwek were awarded with Fellowships of the HEA.


Being promoted to Senior Fellow is a significant honour: very few Senior Fellowships are awarded each year and the distinction carries international recognition. Senior Fellowship indicates a high level of esteem for Catherine’s cont

ribution to higher education management and leadership.

The HEA Fellowship award recognises Alison and Ilan’s commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in the field. It provides a valuable measure of their academic success.

Catherine commented: “The process of becoming a Senior Fellow gave me a fresh insight into what I do and how our work affects those with whom we collaborate. Reflecting on my own professional practice was fulfilling and the application process itself was a stimulating intellectual challenge.

“I am particularly proud that my colleagues Alison and Ilan have achieved Fellowship. This award recognises their valuable contribution both to our field and to our work at the IoE”

Catherine, Alison and Ilan’s route to their awards lay with the University of Reading’s FLAIR CPD scheme; an internal accreditation process that enables experienced staff to gain professional recognition for the work they do in teaching or supporting learning.

An independent, charitable organisation, the HEA is the UK’s national body that champions teaching excellence around the globe. It works with governments, universities and academics to nurture teaching excellence in higher education.

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The Institute of Education is inviting applicants for PhD studentships to work on topics within its two research groups, Language and Literacy in Education  and Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education. Both groups sit within the Education, Language and Learning Research division. We are looking for students interested in pursuing PhD projects along these broad themes.

There are opportunities for several PhD studentships.

The University of Reading is part of the ESRC funded South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership, which will be awarding up to 35 studentships across the network for the 2017/18 academic year.  These studentships are open to UK and EU residents on a fees plus yearly stipend basis (for UK residents) or a fees only basis (for EU residents). SeNSS is a consortium of 10 leading UK universities, all engaged in cutting-edge social science research and training.

The University of Reading is also currently offering the University International Research Studentships.  There are seven studentships on offer across the university, one of which covers international fees plus stipend and a further six to cover fees only.

This year, the University of Reading is also offering 10 Anniversary PhD Scholarships that will cover fees and a yearly stipend for UK and EU residents. International students are again welcome to apply, but must cover the difference between UK/EU and international fees.

The University is also currently offering Regional PhD bursaries, to students living in the Reading area, which cover full UK/EU fees and are available for full or part-time study.

Interested applicants should contact to signal their intent to apply, and to gain further information regarding the application procedure and specific deadline for each award (which will all generally be in January/February 2017. 


Teresa Wilson, Programme Director of the new BA Education Studies

Teresa Wilson, Programme Director of the new BA Education Studies

The Institute of Education announces the launch of a BA Education Studies programme offering a strong focus on inclusion and social justice.

This exciting development is part of the Institute’s drive to deliver high-quality degree programmes that appeal to a broad range of audiences, both national and international. The new BA Education Studies will be a distinctive and innovative course for students who want to study education and learning in its broadest sense. The breadth and flexibility of this degree will ensure a wide range of career options upon graduation.

Teresa Wilson, who is leading the programme at the Institute of Education’s beautiful London Road campus said:

“This course can act as a stepping stone to a wide range of careers, working in a number of educational environments that include but aren’t limited to traditional school environments. Some students will be interested in working with adults and may become trainers or work in human resources, whilst others might pursue a career in mentoring, disability support or working as an Education Officer in museums, theatres or charities.

“The module options mean that students can tailor the degree to their own academic and professional interests and develop creative strategies to support all learners. The four week work placement and the opportunity to study abroad will enhance students’ reflective and transferrable skills; assets highly valued by employers and important to students’ learning.”BA Ed Stud image for home page banner

Dr. Cathy Tissot, Head of the Institute of Education said:

“We are delighted to be extending our existing strong educational offering and are excited about delivering a programme that will include such a broad audience. This will be a great opportunity for a wide range of people and we look forward to delivering it.”

For full details, please contact:

Teresa Wilson

Telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 2641

Students from the Institute of Education (IoE) organised a book sale recently in aid of local charity Daisy’s Dream, which supports children and young people going through bereavement.

The students, all on the IoE’s BA (Hons)Children’s Development and Learning (BA CDL) programme, raised £143 to aid the charity’s work in responding to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement.

BA CDL Student Representatives Victoria Savage and Sam Boseley presented Yvonne Haines from Daisy’s Dream with the money they had raised. Yvonne then offered a moving insight into the work of Daisy’s Dream in supporting bereaved and distressed children in Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

Jo Elsey, Director of Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programmes at the IoE said:

“We are delighted and proud that our students took the initiative to support such a good cause and one that is close to our hearts. Well done to the students and staff who worked hard to achieve this result.”

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Lovely London Road in the winter sunshine.

Nasreen Majid, Programme Director, talks to the candidates.

Nasreen Majid, Programme Director, talks to the candidates.

Candidates arrived to a blaze of wintry sunshine at London Road, home of the Institute of Education (IoE) on Wednesday. The second round of interviews for BA (QTS) Education commenced with a welcome background of sunshine pouring through the huge windows of the Learning Hub.

Applicants for the acclaimed programme were interviewed both in groups and one to one, having heard all about the University of Reading, the IoE and beautiful London Road campus during an initial presentation by Nasreen Majid, programme director. 

These interviews enable Nasreen and her colleagues to spot the teacher potential in each of the applicants. The process highlights how the personal element is so essential in choosing the people who will inspire and enrich the next generation.

A unique feature of this BA programme is that students are able to choose one of four subject specialities: Art, English, Mathematics or Music. The course has the unusual aspect of being able to offer a degree both in the chosen specialism and in teaching, resulting in Qualified Teacher Status in three years. The interviews give the academics a chance to assess the applicants’ attainment in their chosen subject. 


Cooperating with each other to perform at their best!

The applicants gave short presentations, worked in groups to prepare visuals and examined learning materials. The encouraging and knowledgeable remarks by Nasreen and her colleagues must have been great help and reassurance. It was especially valuable to have a Head Teacher from a partner school on the panel. 


Further interview days will follow right into March 2017. This careful, thoughtful and kindly process ensures that the right students are chosen for the rewarding yet demanding life a teacher leads.

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On December 1st, the Institute of Education (IoE) will host the first meeting of a new cross-county group that supports school children with English as an additional language.

Dr Naomi Flynn

Dr Naomi Flynn

The group, aimed at school practitioners and academics in Berkshire and Hampshire, is a regional part of the leading national charity NALDIC (National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum), which supports the teaching of children with English as an additional language (EAL). The new group will bring together local teachers, education authorities and academics. Its first meeting is set to take place at the University of Reading’s London Road campus from 4.30 – 6.00pm on Thursday, 1st December. 


Pupils learning English as an additional language in the mainstream classroom raise issues not only of teaching, but also of rights and entitlements, social integration and equality of access to public provision. This is an important area for all involved in education and child welfare, so NALDIC’s work supporting the teaching and learning of EAL children in schools is already well-established nationally. This new local network is a welcome development, bringing with it many possibilities at a time when resources are declining but numbers of children with EAL are rising.


The convenor for the new NALDIC Berkshire/Hampshire group is Naomi Flynn, Associate Professor in Primary English Education at the IoE, who has a research profile in teaching strategies for children with EAL. Explaining the reasoning behind launching the new group Naomi said:


“Through my research activity in Hampshire and Berkshire, I have been lucky enough to get to know the excellent teams supporting EAL learners at local authority level and in schools. The establishment of the NALDIC RIG [Regional Interest Group] for Berkshire and Hampshire will generate a cross-region network of practitioners and academics who can pool ideas and share resources. In our first meeting EAL leads will report on their experiences using the new DfE English proficiency scales. We look forward to interesting and informative discussion on what is a hot topic for teachers of EAL learners this academic year. In addition Professor Ludovica Serratrice, Reading’s new Director of Bilingualism Matters, will introduce the work of this organisation and chat with practitioners about how research at Reading can support them.”


For information and joining details, please contact Naomi:

Telephone:  +44 (0)118 378 2770 / Email: 

In a strong and consistent outcome across all phases, Ofsted praised the University’s ITT Partnership for being “Good overall in Early Years, Primary and Secondary with some outstanding elements,” during a recent inspection of 2015/2016 using recently revised, more rigorous criteria.

Ofsted recognised the common vision for excellence across the Partnership and the high regard that schools and settings have for the personal and professional conduct of trainees, NQTs and former trainees. They pointed to the strong, positive relationships with pupils and young children that trainees and NQTs build and concluded that the Partnership makes a strong contribution to teacher supply in the region.

In recognition of its quality, the Partnership has received a prestigious award, given only to the top 25 ITE Partnerships nationally. The National College for Teaching and Leadership has awarded three year guaranteed core numbers for PGCE Secondary, PGCE Primary and BA Education from 2017.

In further prestigious recognition, the Partnership has been awarded fully funded Early Years ITT places for 2017 / 2018. This acknowledges the Partnership’s quality, particularly for the contribution it makes to teacher training and teacher supply across nine local authorities in the region.

Head of the Institute of Education, Dr Catherine Tissot, said:

Dr Cathy Tissot, Head of the IoE

Dr Cathy Tissot, Head of the IoE


“This positive report reflects the hard work and commitment of the IoE’s staff and trainees as well as that of our school partners. We are extremely pleased that all the effort and dedication that we jointly put into education has impressed the inspectors.”



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