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School of Education: Centre for Academic Practice

Academic Identities

Academic Identities Conference 2014

Welcome to the home page of the 4th Academic Identities Conference

The conference will run from 8-9 July 2014 and will be held in the pretty medieval city of Durham in the UK, famed for its spectacular Norman cathedral, its eleventh century castle and one of England’s leading universities. Our keynote speakers are:

Professor Pat Thomson, University of Nottingham

Pat Thomson PSM PhD is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies at The University of Nottingham. Her current research focuses on creative learning and the arts in community and museum settings as well as on doctoral education and academic writing. She has written and edited fifteen books: the latest are a second edition of Helping doctoral students write: pedagogies for supervision (Routledge 2014 with Barbara Kamler) and Writing for peer reviewed journals; Strategies for getting published (Routledge 2013, with Barbara Kamler). An academic writing book for doctoral researchers is underway. She is an editor of Educational Action Research Journal (Taylor and Francis).

Professor Mike Neary, Lincoln University

Professor Mike Neary has been the Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University of Lincoln since 2007. Before taking up his post at Lincoln he taught Political Sociology at the University of Warwick (1994 - 2007). Prior to becoming an academic Mike worked in youth and community education in South London (1980-1994). His current research interests are academic labour and student life. Recent publications include ‘Teaching Politically: Policy, Pedagogy and the new European University’ and ‘Occupy: A New Pedagogy of Space and Time?’ with Sarah Amsler, both published in the Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies 2013. He jointly edited a collection of essays, Teaching in Public: Making the Modern University (2012), and is currently writing a book to be published by Zero Books next year: Student as Producer: How Do Revolutionary Teachers Teach? In 2007 he was given a national award for his teaching by the Higher Education Academy, a UK government agency that supports teaching in universities. Mike is a founder member of the Social Science Centre, Lincoln, which provides free, co-operative higher education.

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