Keynote at the TACTYC Conference

On 19th November Professor Jayne Osgood of CERS gave the keynote presentation at the TACTYC conference: ‘Principled Early Years Practice: Valuing our past, debating our present, inspiring our future’.

Held at the Park Crescent Conference Centre, Professor Osgood’s talk was entitled: ‘There’s still a long way to go’: Beyond bewilderment, towards a hopeful configuration of Early Years qualifications.

For more information about the early years qualifications project CERS is working on please visit the page here.


HE SIGN holds first seminar of the year

Professor Jane Hemsley-Brown, from the University of Surrey, gave the first seminar of this academic year for the Higher Education SIGN, presenting her work on student choice and consumer behaviour in HE. Attendees from the Schools of Health & Education and Business heard about Professor Hemsley-Brown’s own work in this area as well as a comprehensive overview of the research literature around the reasons students choose a university.

The slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.

A recent paper from Professor Hemsley-Brown can be downloaded here.

‘Languages for Learning’ conference to be held in Newcastle

An exciting opportunity to learn more about multilingual pedagogies will take place at Newcastle University, 10-11 November 2016. A conference titled ‘Languages for Learning: A Pedagogy for EAL’ will celebrate linguistic pluralism and introduce ways of teaching children who are learning English as an additional language. The conference includes speakers who are experts in multilingual/plurilingual pedagogical approaches and intercultural education from UK, Finland and France and experts in Romani languages and heritage from UK and Romania. If you would like to know more, please contact Leena Robertson,

Download the event flyer

‘Languages for Dignity’ conference held in Romania

A two-day conference with an international team of researchers, teachers and teacher educators took place in Oradea, Romania. This conference celebrated linguistic pluralism and introduced ways of teaching children who live and learn in more than one language. It included speakers who are experts in multilingual/plurilingual pedagogical approaches and intercultural education from UK, Finland and France and experts in Romani languages and heritage from Romania. The conference was funded by an Erasmus+ project. If you would like to know more, please contact Leena Robertson,

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Middlesex maths news

In a triple-header of maths-based news, Helen Farmery (Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education in Middlesex University’s Education Department) recently organised and spoke at the Association of Mathematics Education Teachers (AMET) conference – the third such conference that she has organised (two of which have been held at Middlesex University, and the most recent held at Manchester University). A flyer from the conference can be downloaded below, and Helen can be contacted for more info.

Helen has also been made chair of the AMET, which means that she now sits on the Joint Mathematics Council and attends policy meetings with the NCTL.

And finally, Helen recently arranged for Middlesex to become a Strategic Partner for Central Maths Hubs – acting as a critical friend to their work.

Generating Affect Through Experiments in Early Childhood Research – workshop hosted by Jayne Osgood

Professor Jayne Osgood will be co-hosting a workshop at Hedmark University College on October 25th 2016, 10.00.-16.00.

This day-long workshop is intended to provide an introduction to working with affective methodologies framed by new materialist and post-humanist theories in early childhood contexts. You will be required to undertake some pre-reading and to come prepared to talk about your early childhood practice and research interests.

For further details please see the attached flyer:

Workshop flyer

Visiting Scholarship at the Education University of Hong Kong for CERS Professor

Professor Jayne Osgood has been invited to take up a short Visiting Scholarship at The Education University of Hong Kong next spring (May 2017) – for 7 days. This is a  prestigious opportunity, following in the footsteps of a long line of international Early Childhood Professors. Jayne will be giving a Keynote Address at the 7th Montessori Asia Conference Hong Kong and disseminating and spreading news of the work that her and colleagues at Middlesex University are undertaking.

Lee Jerome appointed national coordinator for Five Nations Network

Lee Jerome, Associate Professor of Education at Middlesex University, has been appointed as one of two national coordinators for England in the Five Nations Network (FNN). The FNN is a network of citizenship educators from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. It is supported by the Gordon Cook Foundation and the MacRobert Trust and provides a unique forum for educators to meet annually to build networks across the UK and Ireland and learn from the different contexts. In the forthcoming year the network’s activities will focus on exploring the transformational potential of citizenship education.

The network is particularly interested in working with teachers who are undertaking innovative citizenship education with children and young people in primary and secondary schools. For further details visit the Five Nations website or contact Lee Jerome

Expert commentary on grammar schools

The British Prime Minister Theresa May’s idea of selective grammar schools has caught the attention of the main newspaper in Finland, Helsingin Sanomat. Leena Robertson, Associate Professor, at Middlesex University who is Finnish, gave an expert interview to the newspaper last week. The caption of the article refers to an example  she gave, of 11+ testing, that was used to identify ‘intelligent’ and ‘academic’ children for grammar schools. For the question, ‘which is the odd one out: cat, dog or television’, the anticipated answer was ‘television’. But Leena Robertson warns, “a friend of mine, from a working class family, who failed the test, had answered ‘cat’ because a license is needed for a television and for a dog. And licenses cost money which her family did not have. Cats are free.”  The majority of those who passed the test at the age of 11 and went to grammar schools were middle-class. The whole system was unfair and divisive, Robertson concludes, too much human potential was lost because of this system.

The full article can be read on the Helsingin Sanomat website.

Symposium: Creative methods in teaching and learning in HE

On 9th September CERS held a symposium around the use of creative methods in teaching and learning in higher education.

Attended by academics from across the country, the event gave a group of CERS staff the chance to showcase their latest research, as well as

The day kicked off with an introduction from Professor Paul Haywood, Deputy Dean in the School of Art and Design. Researchers from CERS then introduced their project on using mobile digital photography to enrich students’ theoretical understanding (a project funded by the Centre for Academic Practice (CAPE) at Middlesex).

Other presentations across the day included:

  • ‘Lost Luggage’ – a report on an intensive, one-week material-based learning workshop designed as a student engagement project to open up new learning dialogues across different subject disciplines and different stages of learning.
  • Multimodal Composition in Digital Platforms – exploring creative methods and research-based pedagogies for higher education.
  • Troublesome knowledge in 3D – a workshop exploring pedagogic approaches to engaging learners with troublesome knowledge and practices, using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®