British Education Studies Association

Conference 2023

Education in a Changing Society

University of Derby

29 – 30 June

We are delighted to invite you to attend our 18th Annual Conference to be held this year at the University of Derby. Our organisation is proud to support and showcase the work of key scholars within the field of Education Studies as well as promote the development of new and emerging researchers within the discipline. Further information on our keynote speakers and general conference information can be found through the links on this page, including details on how to submit an abstract and to register.

We look forward to you joining us for what will undoubtedly be an exciting and thought-provoking event and hope that you will take this opportunity to become part of our community.  

In association with the Annual Education Studies Conference at the Institute of Education, University of Derby.

Keynote Speakers

Gary McCulloch

Professor Gary McCulloch, Institute of Education, London, Faculty of Education and Society, University College London.

Keynote | The School Meals Service in a Changing Society:  Aims, Achievements and Limitations

The provision of school meals has undergone significant changes since the earliest national legislation to support it was passed in 1906.This keynote lecture will examine its general aims, achievements and limitations over this time in the context of a changing society. At first provided only permissively in particular local areas, it became a fully national service following the Second World War, the 1944 Education Act and the rise of the Welfare State. Yet by the 1960s it was beginning to be eroded, and by the early 21st century it was again contested and controversial.  The lecture will seek to explain the changing position of the SMS over the past century and its implications for today.


Gary McCulloch is the inaugural Brian Simon professor of history of education at the IOE London, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society. His recent publications include Brian Simon and the Struggle for Education (in press 2023), the Bloomsbury Cultural History of Education (general editor, 6 volumes), Transnational Perspectives on Curriculum History (jnternational edition) and A Social History of Educational Studies And Research. He is a past president of the British Educational Research Association and the UK History of Education Society and a previous Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies and of History of Education. He is currently leading a major ESRC-funded research project on The School Meals Service: past, present – and future?

Jennie Bristow

Dr Jennie Bristow, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies

Keynote | Generational tensions in Higher Education

Debates about academic freedom, freedom of speech, and the construction of knowledge have been part of the University landscape for decades, and at times taken the form of generational conflict. For example, during the campus protests of the late 1960s, students from the youthful ‘Baby Boomer’ generation pitted themselves against the ‘pedagogic gerontocracy’ of traditional academic practices and institutional norms, demanding the right to self-expression and a critical orientation to knowledge. The ‘free speech wars’ currently playing out on campuses in the UK and US are similarly characterised by tensions between students and academics over language, knowledge, and the purpose of the University, but with some significant differences. Younger generations stand accused of promoting an illiberal ‘cancel culture’, while their elders are presented as manipulating the principle of free speech to perpetuate social injustice. In this lecture, sociologist Jennie Bristow uses a generational lens to explore current conflicts in Higher Education, and why these have erupted now. 


Jennie Bristow is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies at the University of Kent. She is author of a number of books about generational conflict and collaboration, including The Corona Generation: Coming of Age in a Crisis (2020) and Stop Mugging Grandma: The ‘Generation Wars’ and Why Boomer Blaming Won’t Solve Anything (2019); and co-author of Generational Encounters in Higher Education: The Academic-Student Relationship and the University Experience (2020). Bristow is co-editor, with Elisabetta Ruspini, of the new Bristol University Press book series ‘Generations, Transitions and Social Change’.

Nadia Siddiqui

Dr Nadia Siddiqui, Associate Professor in the School of Education at Durham University

Keynote | Why schools matter?

School is a long-term intervention in children’s lives. Children spend many hours in school where the expectation is that the activities will boost their natural growth and academic potential in the most receptive years of development. However, learning a combination of cognitive and noncognitive skills is also a natural process. Assuming that these only or even mostly occur at school could be a fallacy. How can we “partition” the effect of schooling? This keynote will present the findings of a natural experiment assessing the impact of school on children’s learning and general life experiences in early years of childhood (at age 3 to 8 years of age) by drawing a comparison with children who never or briefly attended school. The presentation will draw on the findings highlight where school can have maximum impact on children’s learning and how some school factors negatively impact on disadvantaged children leading to their exclusion from the main-stream education. Perhaps we need to re-think the purpose, structure and format of schools to make it more relevant and meaningful for children in today’s world.


Dr Nadia Siddiqui has academic expertise in education research and equity in education. She has led important education research projects contributing evidence for education policy in England. Her research interests are to explore the stubborn patterns of poverty and inequalities through population data sets and large-scale surveys. By using these secondary data resources, she investigates the indicators of disadvantage that determine children’s academic attainment, well-being and happiness, and access to pathways for successful life. Her recent completed research project was British Academy funded study on early child development. The project findings contribute important evidence on the role of school for children’s early years education and development. She is recognised among Top 75 Notable British Pakistani Academics and she is also the Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences.


Thursday 29 June
Friday 30 June
2023 – Main Conference Thursday 29 June 2023  
9amRegistration and refreshmentRoom: Kirtley Hall
9:30amWelcome University of Derby
Professor Kath Mitchell, VC University of Derby
Room: Kirtley Hall
9:35amWelcome Conference 2023
Caroline Lewis, Chair – welcome
Ruth Mieschbuehler, Conference Convenor – housekeeping
Room: Kirtley Hall
9:45-10:45Keynote Lecture 1
The School Meals Service in a Changing Society: Aims, Achievements and Limitations Professor
Gary McCulloch, Institute of Education, University College London
Chair: Caroline Lewis, University of Wales, Trinity St David  
Room: Kirtley Hall
10:45RefreshmentsRoom: Kirtley Hall
11-12:00Paper Session 1  
1.1 Room: K203

Alternative provision in a marketised society
Jade Murden, University of Derby  

Co-constructing critical change: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the lived experience of education studies students in a neoliberal world
Stephen Dixon, Newman University; Ben Johnson, Newman University, Andrew Edgar, Newman University  

Changing priorities? Positioning welfare vocationalism in a changing society
Liz Atkins, University of Derby  

Making space for ‘engaged masculinities’: considering men on undergraduate Education Studies courses
Mark Pulsford, University of Warwick
Room: K203
1.2 Symposium Room: K202

Misogyny and the rise of incel culture: the challenges for schools; ITTE staff; prevent teams; parents; researchers; the media and policy makers
Deborah Outhwaite, DTSA; Helen Hinde, Meols Cop School; Sally Siner, Derby City Council  
Room: K202
1.3 Symposium Room: Kirtley Hall

Global citizenship education for a society in change
David Menendez Alvarez-Hevia, University of Oviedo; Gloria Braga Blanco, University of Oviedo; Adelina Calvo Salvador, University of Cantabria; Sara de la Fuente González, University of Oviedo; Aquilina Fueyo Gutiérrez, University of Oviedo; Isabel Hevia Artime; Carlos Rodríguez Hoyos, University of Cantabria; Karla del Socorro Ocaña Vallecillo, University of Oviedo  
Room: Kirtley Hall  
12.15-1pmLunchRoom: Kirtley Hall
1-1:45Book Launch and Book Preview  

New Studies in the History of Education: Connecting the Past to the Present in an Evolving Discipline, London: Routledge (forthcoming autumn 2023)
Nicholas Joseph, University of Derby  

Leadership and Management for Education Studies: Introducing Key Concept of Theory and Practice London: Routledge (2023)
Catherine A. Simon, Bath Spa University, Deborah Outhwaite, University of Liverpool

Understanding Education Studies: Critical Issues and New Directions
Mark Pulsford, University of Warwick  

Chair: Steve Ward, Emeritus Professor, Bath Spa University; Editor Routledge Education Studies Series  
Room: Kirtley Hall
Workshop Room: K203  

AI (artificial Intelligence) vs. AI (academic integrity): ‘evaluating’ the inevitable changes in education in an electronically evolving society
Shivadas Sivasubramaniam, University of Derby
Room: K203  
2-2:30Paper session 2  
2.1 Room: K202

Influence of social media use on the academic attainment of social studies students in tertiary institutions
Esther Obiajulu-anyia, Delta State College of Education, Mosogar  

Exploring the potential of popular education in digital culture and social media: promoting social justice and transformative learning
Karla Ocaña Vallecillo, Universidad de Oviedo
2.1 Room: K202
2.2 Room: Kirtley Hall

An exploration of factors influencing undergraduate student engagement
Richard Millican; Tristan Middleton; Tyrone Perry-Harry, Ohoud Abdalla, Jorja Bond, Luci Holmes, University of Gloucestershire  

Expanding the comfort zone: Providing space for students to build relationships with their peers
Jo Axe, Royal Road University
2.2 Room: Kirtley Hall
2.3 Room: K203

How dangerous is therapeutic education?
Geoff Bunn, Manchester Metropolitan University  

Inclusion and autism in higher music education in England: what are the barriers?
Eunice S. Y. Tang, Institute of Education, University College London  
2.3 Room: K203
2:30RefreshmentsRoom: Kirtley Hall
BESA 2023 – Hybrid Conference (online & in person) Thursday 29 June 2023
2:45-2:50Welcome to BESA Hybrid Conference
Caroline Lewis, Chair
Online link: Microsoft Teams meeting / ask conference organiser
Kirtley Hall
2:50-3:50Keynote lecture 2: Hybrid conference

Why schools matter? Dr Nadia Siddiqui, Associate Professor in the School of Education at Durham University

Chair: Dr Steve Dixon, Newman University

Online link: Microsoft Teams meeting / ask conference organiser 
Kirtley Hall
4-5pmPaper sessions 3: Hybrid conference  
3.1 Online link: Microsoft Teams meeting / ask conference organiser

Teacher education in the digital transformation process in Nigeria during and after Covid-19 pandemic: situational analysis and way forward
Victor Oghuvwu, Delta State College of Education Mosogar  

Student aspirations: impact of socio-economic uncertainties for students studying a work-based degree in education
Rachel Illsley, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College    

Adult perspectives on children’s risk taking: outdoor provisions in England and Denmark
Megan McGee, independent
3.1 Room:
Kirtley Hall
3.2 Online link: Microsoft Teams meeting / ask conference organiser  

Social justice and inequality in tertiary education growth in Nigeria
Henry Onoriode, Delta State College of Education Mosogar  

The influence of the home literacy environment of the development of written narrative skills in Chinese children aged 8-11 years
Yuchen Song, Xi’an Jiaotong, Liverpool University, China

Schemas, loose parts and the outdoors-an affordance of possibilities
Amanda Thomas, University of South Wales; Pavla Boulton, University of South Wales  
3.2 Room:
3.3 Online link: Microsoft Teams meeting / ask conference organiser

Demographic analysis of students in accommodation
Adele Ruston, Nottingham Trent University  

Computer-based testing versus computerized adaptive testing
Nathaniel Ethe, Delta State College of Education, Mosogar  
3.3 Room:
All delegates are invited to attend.
Kirtley Hall
5:30pm  Day 1 closes
Caroline Lewis, Chair
Kirtley Hall
7:30pmConference Dinner Cosy Club


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Institute of Education, University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus, Derby DE22 1GB, United Kingdom

The entrance to the main reception area at Kedleston Road Campus is between the South Tower and the Multi-Faith Centre.


We recommend the following hotels to conference delegates.

Leonardo Hotel Derby, King Street, Derby DE1 3DB

Website:; Telephone: 01332 621000

1.1 miles from University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus, Derby DE22 1GB

Premier Inn, Derby City Centre, Cathedral Quarter, Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF

1.3 miles from University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus, Derby DE22 1GB

Premier Inn, Derby City Centre, (Riverlights), Morledge, Derby DE1 2BB

1.5 miles from University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus, Derby DE22 1GB

Conference Dinner

  • Restaurant: Cosy Club, Royal Building, Victoria Street, Derby DE1 1ES. Weblink, T: 03112 631004.
  • Day/time: Thursday 29 June, 7:30pm
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available
  • Estimated cost: 3 course meal for £30 (This may vary depending on the meal delegates choose)
  • Self-funded (Delegates will be paying for their conference dinner.)
  • Please inform the conference organisers that you will be attending the conference dinner. 

Local transport options


  • City Taxis 01332 757575
  • Albatross Cars 01332 345345
  • Western Taxis 01332 331331
  • Uber Derby: book via Uber App


Uni bus route U1 – map

Uni bus route U1 – timetable (holiday service)

Alternative bus routes


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A luggage room is available. It is a safe location, but luggage will be left at the owner’s risk.