Head of the IoE awarded significant academic honour; colleagues given distinguished awards

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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Important news about PhD studentship opportunities at the IoE

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 Ioe-pgr@reading.ac.uk 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. 

IoE launches new BA programme with strong focus on inclusion and social justice.


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.”

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Teresa Wilson


Telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 2641

Student-run book sale raises funds for bereaved children

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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