IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


IOE120: From training college to global institution - the new IOE history

09 May 2022, 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

students walking into entrance of 20 Bedford Way with IOE120 roundel

This IOE120 Conversation focuses on IOE’s foundation and the expertise of our Department of Education, Practice and Society.

This event is free.

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Room W3.01
20 Bedford Way

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This hybrid event looks at how IOE’s work has been shaped by its foundation disciplines, the significance of the 1902 Education Act on its early development, its contribution to educational studies past and present, and the importance of its students in its development.

This event formally launches the new edition of IOE’s history book, originally produced by the late Richard Aldrich for its centenary in 2002, and now taken to the present day by Professor Tom Woodin. The event begins with a seminar where Professor Woodin introduces the new edition and discusses the changes that IOE has gone through in its long history, leading to its role in the present day. IOE's contribution to educational studies and the importance of its students to its development is also be examined.

About the Department of Education, Practice and Society

The Department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS) comprises scholars who focus on education in its broadest sense and include those in history; philosophy; sociology; higher education studies; international development; and post-14 education and training. They contribute actively to social, economic and political debates on education through the life course, both nationally and internationally.

Covid-19 measures

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About the Speakers

Professor Brad Blitz

Head of the Department of Education, Practice and Society at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Brad K. Blitz is a Professor of International Politics and Policy. He was previously the Director of the British Academy/DFID Programme, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Global Migration Centre in the Graduate Institute.

Professor Blitz’s research focuses on displacement, citizenship, statelessness, governance and human rights. He is currently Co-Investigator on a £15 million ‘hub’ on Gender, Justice and Security, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF); Co-Investigator on Life after Deportation, a study of refused and current asylum-seekers returned to Mexico and Guatemala from the USA; and Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate. His publications include ‘Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, and Exclusion’ and ‘Forced Migration, Gender and Wellbeing in the Balkans: The Long-Term Effects of Displacement on Women’ (2022, with Selma Porobić).

Professor Blitz is a frequent contributor on matters of migration, refugees, humanitarian policy, and human rights and has appeared on British and American television and radio including BBC News, LBC Radio, Sky News, National Public Radio, as well as in print media.

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Dr Georgina Brewis

Associate Professor in the History of Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Dr Georgina Brewis is Co-Programme Leader for the interdisciplinary BA Education Studies at IOE. She is a historian of student culture, higher education, voluntary action and humanitarianism in Britain and the wider world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 2018 she updated UCL’s institutional history, The World of UCL, and in the lead up to UCL’s bicentenary in 2026 she is directing Generation UCL, a research and engagement project exploring 200 years of student life in London.

Dr Brewis’s recent publications include 'Transformational Moments in Social Welfare: What Role for Voluntary Action?' (Policy Press, 2021) and 'Humanitarianism in the Modern World: The Moral Economy of Famine Relief' (CUP, 2020).

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Professor Gary McCulloch

Brian Simon Chair of History of Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Gary McCulloch is the founding director of the International Centre for Historical research in Education at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society. He is a past president of the British Educational Research Association (2017-2019) and is the Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies. He is a past president of the UK History of Education Society (2005-2007) and a previous Editor of the international journal History of Education. His recent work includes ‘A Social History of Educational Studies and Research’ (Routledge 2018) and general editorship of the six-volume Bloomsbury book series ‘A Cultural History of Education’.

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Professor Wendy Robinson

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Lancaster University

Professor Wendy Robinson joined Lancaster University from the University of Exeter where she was PVC and Executive Dean of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. She joined Exeter in 2006 as a Professor of Education and held positions including Head of the Graduate School of Education, Associate Dean (Education) for the College of Social Sciences and International Studies and University Academic Dean for Students. Professor Robinson was a Master’s student at IOE from 1991-92 and studied History of Education with Professor Richard Aldrich.

Professor Li Wei

Director and Dean of IOE at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Li Wei is Director and Dean of IOE, where he also holds the Chair of Applied Linguistics. His research covers many aspects of bilingualism and multilingualism, including language acquisition in childhood, education policy and practice regarding bilingual and multilingual learners of minoritized and transnational backgrounds, and the cognitive benefits of language learning. He is editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and the Applied Linguistics Review. He has won the British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize twice, for the Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (with Melissa Moyer) and Translanguaging: Language, Bilingualism and Education (with Ofelia Garcia). He is a fellow of the British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, UK, and Academia Europaea.

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Professor Tom Woodin

Professor of the Social History of Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Tom Woodin is the co-author of the 'UCL Institute of Education: From Training College to Global Institution' (UCL Press 2021). At IOE, he is a programme leader of the MPhil/PhD. His research interests are on the history of learning and learners, compulsory education, working class culture and co-operation and mutuality. Recent publications include 'Working Class Writing and Publishing in the late Twentieth Century' (Manchester 2018); 'Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age – Coming of Age?' (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) with Gary McCulloch and Steve Cowan and two edited collections on 'Learning for a Co-operative World' (Trentham/UCL Press 2019) and 'Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values' (Routledge 2014). Previously he has edited the History of Education Researcher and History of Education. 

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