The College has had a long-standing commitment to Education, and was an historic pioneer in developing postgraduate Education training for women especially. Each year the College accommodates about 45 students taking the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and these students quickly become an integral part of college life. They enjoy the College’s facilities and support while having proximity to the Faculty of Education “without living on top of it”. The PGCE cohort is complemented by a number of individuals studying for higher and research degrees. In recent years, for example, PhD students have worked on topics including ‘school leadership within education for a new era reform in Qatar’ (2015); ‘difficulties in number experienced by children aged 7 to 11 in public care in England’ (2014); and ‘Heteroglossia and identity negotiation: the case of EFL classrooms in northeast Thailand’ (2014).
The College has a number of active Fellows based in the Faculty of Education. Prof Kenneth Ruthven is Professor of Education in the University, Dr Sara Hennessy is Reader in Teacher Development and Pedagogical Innovation in the Faculty of Education, and Dr Nidhi Singal is a clinical psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education in the Faculty. Prof Neil Mercer is the Director of the Oracy Cambridge study centre in the College and a member of the Psychology and Education Academic Group in the Faculty of Education.