A conference considering the role of education as an engine for social change in the UK is to be hosted by Nottingham Institute of Education.
The Institute, based at Nottingham Trent University, will welcome the British Educational Research Association (BERA) event to discuss topics around social justice, race and faith in education on May 18.
Dr Sheine Peart from the Institute has been instrumental in bringing the conference to Nottingham Conference Centre this year.
Dr Peart, Convenor of the Social Justice special interest group at BERA, said: “The reason most people give for working in education is ‘to make a difference’. Sometimes, though, what we are passionate about is pushed down the agenda because we are focusing on the everyday aspects of doing the job. This conference provides an opportunity to go back to those basics of why we entered education in the first place. The biggest engine for change in the UK is education and there is an opportunity for those engaged in education to be a part of that. This is particularly important at a time of major change following Brexit and the US election.”
The event will see three workshops run throughout the day, focusing on theology, diversity and ‘British values’. Key speakers include theologian and documentary maker Robert Beckford. The Professor of Theology at Canterbury Christchurch University will discuss the use of urban music in attempting to address problems of liberation in society.
Professor Vini Lander and Dr Francis Farrell of Edge Hill University will speak on the ‘teaching’ of British values and what this means to Muslim teachers.
And Professor Iyiola Solanke from Leeds University will explore the issues of being a Black female Professor in HE.