Education and Arts

Keynote speakers

Professor Ian Menter

Professor Ian Menter
Professor of Teacher Education
University of Glasgow

Before moving to Oxford, Professor Menter was Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow. Prior to that he held posts at the University of the West of Scotland (Dean of Education and Media), London Metropolitan University (Head of School of Education), University of the West of England, and the University of Gloucestershire.  Ian was President of the Scottish Educational Research Association from 2005–07 and chaired the Research and Development Committee of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers from 2008-11. Professor Menter is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham and at Newman University College, Birmingham.

Ian’s research interests are in teacher education and teachers’ work, with a particular interest in policy. He has carried out a number of ‘home international’ comparative studies within the UK, including ESRC-sponsored initiatives and has led projects commissioned by the Scottish Government and The National College for School Leadership.

Ian is a member of the editorial team of the British Journal of Educational Research and is a founding editor of Review of Education, a new journal of the British Educational Research Association, launching in 2013. He is a convenor of two UK-wide research groups, TEG (Teacher Education Group) and CAPeR-UK (Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy Reform across the UK).

Associate Professor James Arvanitakis

Professor James Arvanitakis
Head of The Academy
University of Western Sydney

Professor James Arvanitakis the Head of The Academy at the University of Western Sydney where is also a lecturer in the Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. His research areas include citizenship, resilience, piracy and the future of universities. James is a regular media commentator, and has his own segment on FBI Radio.

James was a former banker and advocate for free trade, but having witnessed child and indentured labour, has worked to develop sustainable, socially just and equitable economic policies, working as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe.

After being internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style, in 2012, James was awarded the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award. In the same year, he received an ARC Discover Grant as chief investigator researching citizenship and young people. His latest book is an edited collection released in titled The Citizen of the Twenty-First Century and was released in November 2013.

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith
Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts
Australian Catholic University

Professor Wyatt-Smith is Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts. Other positions she has held include Dean (Academic) in the Arts, Education and Law Group, Griffith University, with responsibilities across a range of schools (2011-2012), Dean of the Faculty of Education (2006-2010), and Research Director of the Centre for Applied Language, Literacy and Communication Studies (2004-2006). Before that she was at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, following her appointment as head of the English department at All Hallows' School in Brisbane.  Professor Wyatt-Smith has a distinguished scholarly background and publication record in education. She has been successful in attracting substantial National Competitive Grants and has been chief investigator on several government funded projects. These have been primarily in the fields of literacy and assessment. The sustained focus of her research and teaching has been on standards, judgement and how assessment can serve the dual purposes of learning improvement and accountability. A complementary focus is on how new technologies impact learning and learners. Professor Wyatt-Smith has undertaken significant consultancy and advisory roles on evidence-based policy at state and national government levels as well as internationally. Her current work is examining professional judgement, moderation and the use of standards in teaching and clinical professional practice. Most recently, her work in judgement and standards in both practice and research led to her taking up the Inaugural Teaching Fellowship, Hong Kong University, Faculty of Dentistry. Her doctoral supervisions have included studies in assessment and judgement in schooling and in clinical, medical practice. Through research studies and partnerships Professor Wyatt-Smith has generated new conceptual and applied knowledge with direct relevance to educational assessment, literacy and related curriculum policy directions. This work has included an investigation into the provision of support for students with learning difficulties, as well as the development of several undergraduate and postgraduate program initiatives.