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Education

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 ‘Politics and ethics of Confucian piety and overseas education’ (2020), ‘school leadership within education for a new era reform in Qatar’ (2015), and ‘difficulties in number experienced by children aged 7 to 11 in public care in England’ (2014).

The College has a number of 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 Prof Nidhi Singal is Professor of Disability and Inclusive Education. 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. There is more information about these and other seniors in this subject area on the senior members’ profiles pages.

The group convenors are Dr Pete Dudley, Prof Nidhi Singal, and Ms Annemarie Young.