West Yorkshire Branch
Branch Secretary: Dr Amanda Fulford
The West Yorkshire Branch of the PESGB was launched in June 2014 at a Postgraduate Conference at which Andrew Davis spoke about his research on synthetic phonics.
The Branch meets on a monthly basis, usually on the second or third Tuesday of the month. Branch meetings start at 5:00pm with refreshments, with the seminar itself beginning at 5:30pm.
We have held 6 seminars as well as the larger launch event. In its first year, the Branch hosted 3 external speakers: Christine Doddington from the University of Cambridge who spoke on educational relationships; Professor David Halpin, Emeritus Professor from UCL Institute of Education who spoke on essaying and reflective practice, and Elizabeth Staddon from the University of the Arts who spoke about psychoanalysis and paying for higher education. Dr Naomi Hodgson, Visiting Research Fellow at KU Leuven and the UCL Institute of Education, and a Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University, spoke on the figure of the researcher, and as Branch Chair, I gave a seminar on unsettling the notion of student satisfaction.
Many of those who have attended the seminars are staff and PhD students from Leeds Trinity’s Institute of Childhood and Education. The University has a very strong tradition of providing high quality initial teacher education, and Branch members and attendees are interested in how research in philosophy of education can open up discussions about policy and practice in this field. We are keen to grow the Branch and to raise awareness of it across the region.
We welcome new members and ideas for how we can develop a vibrant hub for philosophy of education in West Yorkshire.