Institute of Education


Q&A with Dr Bryan Cunningham

1  What attracted you to take up your position at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)?
Having achieved four qualifications (ranging from PGCE to PhD) at the IOE, greatly enjoying my studies for all of these, I have strong connections - and loyalty - to the university. My teaching here since the very early 1990s has always been rewarding, I have been privileged to work with some great colleagues. My long-standing interest in 'The Bloomsbury Group' means that being based in WC1 is a real bonus!

2  Which UCL programmes will you contribute to in the 2018/19 academic year?

The Education EdD (Doctor in Education), the Education, Practice and Society MPhil/PhD, and two masters programmes: the Higher Education Studies MA and Leadership MA.

3  How has being in London and/or at UCL in particular benefited you?
Being London-based means there are very probably greater cultural and educational resources that can be accessed than just about anywhere else in the country. The attractions of the city means it draws in fantastically interesting, diverse learner groups. In addition, my various external commitments are all highly accessible, given the way in which the capital is an unparalleled transport hub.

4  What do you most enjoy about your position and why?
I gain particular satisfaction from seeing my students realise their aspirations, and from my interactions with them both inside and outside of the classroom.

5  What is the focus of your research and what benefits do you hope your discoveries and/or insights will bring?
My principal research interests are in the areas of initial and continuing professional development, mentoring and coaching, and exploring ways to enhance student engagement in improving the quality of their experience of study in higher education.