Education Research Symposium at Oxford
Education Research Symposium at Oxford

The 17-19 March symposium will be held online only.

Oxford Education Research Symposium

The Education Research Symposium is a forum for the presentation of papers and discourse by scholars who have a particular interest in the theory and practice of universal education. You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of education research, or you may wish to attend as an observer or panel member. If you wish to present a paper, you will be requested to submit a brief abstract for review by the Programme Committee. Papers presented will be subsequently peer reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium books or as sponsored journal articles.

 For Symposium purposes, the nature of education research is defined broadly, encompassing the various aspects of the productive expansion of knowledge.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ken Mayhew is Emeritus Professor of Education and Economic Performance and Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford.

He is currently a member of the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body and an Extraordinary Professor at Maastricht University. He was the founding Director of SKOPE, a multi-disciplinary centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, based in the Oxford Department of Education.

March 2020 Keynote Speaker

F. King Alexander

Fieldon King Alexander was previously President and Chancellor of Louisiana State University (L.S.U.) Dr. Alexander earlier served as President of California State University, Long Beach and President of Murray State University. 

Dr. Alexander holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree for St. Lawrence University, New York.  

Concerning his attachments to Oxford, Dr. Alexander is a Foundation Fellow at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, has served on the Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee for Illinois.

Dr. Alexander recently served as an advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center providing a report, January 30, 2020, to the House of Representatives of Congress for the renewal of funding of the Higher Education Act of the United States.

July/August 2019 Keynote Speaker

Professor Richard Pring

 Dr. Richard Pring has for many years, been recognised as one of the preeminent scholars of education in the UK. Dr Pring served as Director of the Department of Educational Studies at Oxford University. He has served as the Lead Director of the Nuffield Review for Education and Training. His research interests include :

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Review of Education and Training (Nuffield Foundation funded)
  • Faith-based schools (arising from the Leverhulme Fellowship, 2003/4, and work with the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations).

July/August 2018 Keynote Speaker

Dr Craig Wood


Dr. Craig Wood is one of the leading scholars in the field of financing public education in America. He is a Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Florida.


Topic: The New Wave of Financing and Privatizing Public Elementary and Secondary Education in the United States:  Tax Policies, Charter Schools, and Vouchers

March, 2017 Keynote Speaker

Dr Kern Alexander

Dr. Kern Alexander is O’Leary Endowed Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, author of many books and articles including the leading textbook on education law in the United States, American Public School Law, 8th Edition, Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. His latest book is Public School Finance; Theory and Practice, 2015, published by Routledge/Taylor Francis. He is Editor of the Journal of Education Finance, distributed by University of Illinois Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, Project MUSE.


Topic:  Vouchers, Charter Schools, and the Road to Privatization of Education in America

August, 2016 Keynote Speaker

Dr Terezinha Nunes

Dr. Terezinha Nunes is Professor of Educational Studies, University of Oxford and Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She is a psychologist specializing in childhood development and learning and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development. She is a highly regarded educational researcher and the author of an extensive array of articles in learned journals.  Most recently her books, have centered on child literacy, published by several major publishing houses including Wiley-Blackwell, London; Routledge, London and Kluwer, The Netherlands.

Topic: Childhood Literacy–The Promise of Tomorrow.

December, 2016 Keynote Speakers

Dr Ian Menter


Dr. Ian Menter is Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, Oxford University and past President of the British Education Research Association (BERA)   and former President of the Scottish Education Research Association (SERA).

Topic: The Status of Education Reform in the United Kingdom


Important Dates

17-19 March 2022

Abstract Submission - 10 February

Early Registration - 3 January

Regular Registration - 1 March

We are now accepting Abstract Submissions for the March 2022 session. Reviews are conducted on a rolling basis and notifications are sent within ten days of submission. 

Some participants from the summer 2019 symposium
Some participants from the summer 2018 symposium
Some participants from the summer 2017 symposium at St Johns College, Oxford University
St John's College - venue of Summer 2017 Symposium
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