Institute of Education


Q&A with Professor Dominic Wyse

Dominic has been at the UCL Institute of Education since 2011, and is the President of the British Educational Research Association (2019-21).

What is your role and what does it involve?
The largest part of my role is Academic Head of Department. This involves leading the Department of Learning and Leadership. Another major part of my role is as Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education. This involves research, teaching and enterprise activities in relation to my specialist interests, for example in curriculum, writing, reading, literacy and creativity. 

What's the most important thing you've learned from your students about the subject you teach?
I am fascinated by how different groups of students respond to the content and activities we present to them. No matter how experienced you are as a lecturer and teacher you continue to reflect on your teaching experiences, and hopefully improve them.

What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
My first research project was about the teaching of writing, and was carried out for an MPhil. I was fortunate to publish the findings in a book (this is unusual for Master's level research). More than twenty years later I finished a three year longitudinal research project on young people's writing and creativity. This work informs one of the chapters in a book on writing, published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Dominic Wyse explains how we can improve students’ English skills without losing core assessments.

What would it surprise people to know about you?
I have considerable knowledge and expertise about food and cooking.
I have been a professional musician at various points in my life.

What other piece of research outside of your own subject area interests you?
There are too many to choose! One of these at the moment is a book about The Rosetta Stone.


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