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1 Bright Spots Project: The subjective well­ being of looked after children and survey development Professor Julie Selwyn, University of Bristol, gives a talk for the Education Department public seminar series. Julie Selwyn 16 May 2017
2 Standards in national examinations: What do they mean? Jo­ Anne Baird, Director of Department of  Education, University of Oxford and Dennis Opposs, Ofqual, give a seminar for the Department of Education public seminar series. Jo­ Anne Baird, Dennis Opposs 09 May 2017
3 From Financial Literacy to Financial Capability and Financial Well­being: More than a semantic change Professor Elaine Kempson, University of Bristol, gives a talk for the Department of Education seminar series on 24th April 2017. Elaine Kempson 26 Apr 2017
4 Learning French in the primary school classroom: The origins of morphosyntax Professor Florence Myles, University of Essex, gives a talk for the Education department seminar series. Florence Myles 07 Mar 2017
5 Education and the new Conservatism: Social wellbeing, national character and British values Professor Gary McCulloch, UCL Institute of Education, gives a talk for the Education Public seminar series on 27th February 2017. Gary McCulloch 28 Feb 2017
6 The long term implications of devolution and localism for FE in England This lecture explores findings from a SKOPE research project (funded by the FE Trust for Leadership) on the implications of the devolution from central government to localities of certain aspects of post-19 further and adult education. Ewart Keep 10 Feb 2017
7 Creative Commons Imagining a future after schooling Young people navigating uncertainty in contemporary Britain. Graham Butt, Patrick Alexander 31 Jan 2017
8 Creative Commons Stuck! Britain’s social mobility problem The Sutton Trust’s Chief Executive, Dr Lee Elliot Major, will argue that Britain has failed to address its problem of low social mobility, drawing on a range of international evidence. Lee Elliot Major 24 Jan 2017
9 Creative Commons Socio­economic inequalities in education achievement and student outcomes Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education and Director of Research at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series. Anna Vignoles 17 Jan 2017
10 What are universities for? Keri Facer, Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol, gives the 6th Annual Lecture of the Oxford Education Society, the alumni and friends association of the Department of Education. Keri Facer 16 Jan 2017
11 Refugee Co-Instructors: How Residents of Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda are Teaching Students at the University of Denver to Bridge the Gap between Policy and Practice Courtney Welton-Mitchell (University of Denver), Chen Reis (University of Denver), and Frederic Kastner (Fuse Foundation) gives a talk for the Innovative Approaches to Education and Skills Training in Humanitarian Contexts Panel. Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Chen Reis, Frederic Kastner 02 Dec 2016
12 Schools as workplaces: What makes a school a good place to work? Professor Jane Bryson, Victoria University of Wellington, gives a talk for the department of education public seminar series. Jane Bryson 02 Dec 2016
13 5 years of the EEF Findings, challenges and future priorities Matthew van Poortvliet, Grants Manager, Education Endowment Foundation, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar on 21st November 2016. Matthew van Poortvliet 22 Nov 2016
14 SPQR and Computer Archaeology: the early years Gary Lock and Paul Reilly talk about how Sebastian helped British CAA school of practitioners be more international. Gary Lock, Paul Reilly 16 Nov 2016
15 Linked Open Data Dr. Leif Isaksen and Alex Dutton talk about Sebastian's inspiring leadership in the Linked Open Data movement in cultural heritage. Alex Dutton, Leif Isaksen 16 Nov 2016
16 Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School Pip Wilcox from the Bodleian Libraries talks about Sebastian's long standing contribution to teaching at the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS). Pip Willcox 16 Nov 2016
17 Digital Humanities Dave De Roure talks about Sebastian's contributions to the digital humanities community in Oxford and the wider world. Dave De Roure 16 Nov 2016
18 What Sebastian Taught Us Joe Talbot talks about Sebastian's many achievements, his work and shares some personal reflections and video footage of the man. Joe Talbot 16 Nov 2016
19 Linked Cultural Heritage Donna Kurtz talks about working with Sebastian over a number of years on various Linked Cultural Heritage projects. Donna Kurtz 16 Nov 2016
20 The Open Source Advisory Service - OSS Watch Rowan Wilson gives a talk about working with Sebastian on setting up the national service - OSS Watch, the Open Source Software advisory service. Rowan Wilson 16 Nov 2016
21 The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names Robert Parker, Wykeham Professor of Ancient History, Oxford, talks about Sebastian's work with Oxford Classics in developing the lexicon of greek names. Robert Parker 16 Nov 2016
22 TeX Live - Don Knuth remembers SPQR Anne Trefethen reads a special statement from founder Donald Knuth on Sebastian's contribution to TeX Live. Anne Trefethen 16 Nov 2016
23 TeX and LaTeX software Phillip Taylor talks about Sebastian's contribution to the TeX and LaTeX software community. Phillip Taylor 16 Nov 2016
24 Memories of Sebastian Leonor Barroca, Sebastian's long-term partner, gives some words on Sebastian's and her life together. Leonor Barroca 16 Nov 2016
25 Humanities Computing at Southampton, and The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome Wendy Hall and Les Carr share their memories of work at Southampton University. Nicholas Stanley-Price and Amanda Thursfield, (The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome) share their experiences with working with Sebastian Rahtz. Wendy Hall, Les Carr, Nicholas Stanley-Price, Amanda Thursfield 16 Nov 2016
26 Sebastian's contributions to the Text Encoding Initiative Lou Burnard, James Cummings and Hugh Cayless discuss Sebastian's contribution to the Text Encoding Initiative live via satellite. Lou Burnard, James Cummings, Hugh Cayless 16 Nov 2016
27 Welcome Donna Kurtz (Professor of Classical Art and Senior Research Fellow of Oxford e-Research Centre) and Anne Trefethen (CIO) introduce the day along with providing some personal insights in working with Sebastian. Donna Kurtz, Anne Trefethen 16 Nov 2016
28 What do undergraduate students really think about money? With Dr Neil Harrison University of the West of England. This seminar will synthesise the findings of four recent research projects focused on contemporary students’ opinions and behaviours around money. Neil Harrison 15 Nov 2016
29 Religion and belief in Britain: The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life Dr Edward Kessler, University of Cambridge, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series on 7th November 2016. Edward Kessler 08 Nov 2016
30 Does market competition and/or the growth of participation foster diversity in higher education systems? Professor Simon Marginson, ULC Institute of Education, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series. Simon Marginson 01 Nov 2016
31 Education in divided societies: The role of school collaboration Professor Tony Gallagher, University of Belfast, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series on 24th October 2016. Tony Gallagher 31 Oct 2016
32 Making use of international large- scale assessment data in national contexts: PIRLS for Teachers Dr Therese N Hopfenbeck, Department of Education, Oxford, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series on 17th October 2016. Co-written with Dr Jenny Lenkeit Jenny Lenkeit, Therese N Hopfenbeck 31 Oct 2016
33 Creative Commons What Can We Learn from students' reports of their secondary school experiences and their role in shaping academic outcomes at GCSE? This lecture discusses the development of various measures of students experiences and views of their secondary schools based on self report questionnaires taken at ages 14 & 16. Pamela Sammons 02 Jun 2016
34 Measuring and developing second language fluency Professor Judit Kormos, Lancaster University, gives a talk for the Department of Education seminar series. Judit Kormos 02 Jun 2016
35 'Learning' part 2 - Stimulating learning Can a little electrical stimulation help people learn quicker? And how would technology that does this be used? And why would you want to use this over medicines? Roi Cohen Kadosh 13 May 2016
36 Creative Commons The Gift of Education? Learning, migration and intergenerational relations among Karen refugees in Thailand and the United Kingdom Dr Pia Jolliffe speaks at the Southeast Asia Seminar Pia Jolliffe 28 Apr 2016
37 Promoting quality in education: A dynamic approach to school improvement Professor Leonidas Kyriakides, Department of Education, University of Cyprus, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. Leonidas Kyriakides 09 Mar 2016
38 Closing the Gap: Issues, challenges and impact of the implementation of a national experiment in educational research Dr Ann Childs, Dr Nigel Fancourt, Dr Roger Firth, Professor Ian Menter and Dr Ian Thompson, Department of Education, Oxford, give a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar series. Ann Childs, Nigel Fancourt, Roger Firth, Ian Menter 04 Mar 2016
39 The sociolinguistic and pedagogic implications of the spread of English as global language Dr Heath Rose, Department of Education, Oxford, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. Heath Rose 26 Feb 2016
40 Silence in Japan’s second language classrooms The dynamic interplay between context and learners Dr Jim King, University of Leicester, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public seminar series on 15th February 2016. Jim King 18 Feb 2016
41 7th Annual Access Lecture 2016 What does widening participation mean? An Historical Perspective. Peter Mandler 15 Feb 2016
42 Social and emotional early development: A programme to develop children’s social skills and help prevent bullying Daniel Muijs, Professor of Education at the University of Southampton, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. Daniel Muijs 09 Feb 2016
43 Reimagining liberal education: Affiliation and inquiry in democratic schooling Professor Hanan Alexander, Haifa University, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series. Hanan Alexander 03 Feb 2016
44 Clever Classrooms: Evidence for the impacts of classroom design on learning Professor Peter Barrett, University of Salford, gies a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series on 25th January 2016. Peter Barrett 27 Jan 2016
45 Research into the links between language teacher development and working with children as co- researchers Dr Annamaria Pinter, Warwick University, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. Annamaria Pinter 21 Jan 2016
46 The educational progress of looked after children in England: linking care and educational data Professor David Berridge University of Bristol, Professor Judy Sebba, Dr Nikki Luke and Professor Steve Strand, Department of Education give a talk for the Education Seminar Series. The respondent is Ms Emma Ing, Senior HMI Ofsted. David Berridge, Judy Sebba, Nikki Luke, Steve Srand 03 Dec 2015
47 The Education Endowment Foundation Challenges for the future Sir Kevan Collins, Education Endowment Foundation, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminar Series on 23rd Novemner 2015. Sir Kevan Collins 03 Dec 2015
48 The scare tactic: Does it work? Motivating students for test and examinations Professor David Putwain (Edge Hill University) gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. David Putwain 20 Nov 2015
49 How well are children in Sudan taught to read compared to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa? Results of a National Learning Assessment. Seminar looking at education in Sudan and other North African countries. David Johnson 12 Nov 2015
50 ‘Online all the time’ Teachers’ work in the digital age Professor Neil Selwyn, Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, gives a talk for the Department of Education Public Seminars series. Neil Selwyn 05 Nov 2015
51 Parenting support Evidence, policy and practice Professor Geoff Lindsay, University of Warwick, gives a talk for the department of education public seminar series. Geoff Lindsay 28 Oct 2015
52 American Higher Education: Observations from the Field Robert Scott (President Emeritus, Adelphi University, and RAI), gives a talk for the Rothermere American Institute on the state of American higher education. Robert Scott 28 Oct 2015
53 Assessment and learning: Fields Apart? Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Department of Education, gives a talk for the Department of Education Seminar series on 19th October 2015. Co-written by Professor David Andrich. Introduced by Dr Therese Hopfenbeck. Jo-Anne Baird 22 Oct 2015
54 'Examinations and Gender Gaps' Panel 2: Experiences from Oxford Both undergraduate degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, as well as History and Politics have a gender discrepancy in finals results. This workshop addresses the reasons for these differences. Sara Smith, Jane Mellanby, Anna Bradshaw, Margaret Stevens 19 Oct 2015
55 'Examinations and Gender Gaps' Panel 1: Best Practices for Examination and Ways of Combatting Gender Gaps Both undergraduate degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, as well as History and Politics have a gender discrepancy in finals results. This workshop addresses the reasons for these differences. Jo-Anne Baird, Sara Smith, Janet Dyson, Jane Gingrich 19 Oct 2015
56 The Challenges of Public-Private Partnerships in Realising the Right to Education Online Workshop Online workshop focusing on a human rights understanding of public private partnerships in education. Sandra Fredman, Kishore Singh, Anne Davies, Jason Brickhill 22 Sep 2015
57 FMR 50 - Wartime division in peacetime schools An ethnically divided educational system in Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to limit the sustainable return of those displaced by the war, and to hamper reconciliation and the reconstruction of society. Valery Perry 01 Sep 2015
58 School Quality and Inequality: A three country comparison A seminar by Elisabetta Aurino of Young Lives, Oxford Department of International Development delivered on 12 February 2013 Elisabetta Aurino 30 Jun 2015
59 Education and Childhood in Africa A seminar by David Johnson of the University of Oxford Education Department delivered on 22 January 2013 David Johnson 30 Jun 2015
60 Design and practice: a study of the design, build and occupation of new schools Prof. Harry Daniels & Hau Ming Tse present an account of ways in which the discourses and practices of school design produce educational spaces which mediate and shape the discourses and practices of teaching and learning when the building is occupied. Harry Daniels, Hau Ming Tse 22 Jun 2015
61 'Artificial Intelligence' part 3 - Understanding how we learn language Professor Kim Plunkett explains how neuroscientists use artificial intelligence as a tool to model processes in the brain – in particular to understand how infants acquire language. Kim Plunkett 12 Jun 2015
62 Creative Commons Questioning the UK government’s vision of higher education and social mobility A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Dr Susan James Relly, Assistant Director of SKOPE. Susan James Relly 09 Jun 2015
63 What Kind of Learning do we want? 21st Century Learning, the Standards Agenda and Expert Learners How can we help students move from being novices to proficient apprentices to experts in the domain? Gordon Stobart 08 Jun 2015
64 Creative Commons It takes a village: Meeting the complex needs of poverty-impacted youth and their families, locally and globally Mary McKay, Professor and Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University, delivered the Astor Visiting Lecture on 21 May 2015. Mary McKay 27 May 2015
65 Predictability in High-Stakes Assessment: Students’ Approach to Learning This study investigated the predictability of the Leaving Certificate examination in Ireland, where public accusations of predictable exams are of serious concern. Jo-Anne Baird, Therese Hopfenbeck, Daniel Caro 22 May 2015
66 What can the lived experiences of white working class communities tell us about social cohesion? This briefing explores the lived experiences and concerns of segments of the majority population in Higher Blackley, a ward in the north of Manchester. Part of the COMPAS Breakfast Breifing Series. Daniel Silver 21 May 2015
67 'Artificial Intelligence' part 2 - How to create machines that learn Professor Nando de Freitas explains that understanding how our brains work has helped us create machines that learn, and how these learning machines can be put to completing different tasks. Nando de Freitas 19 May 2015
68 'Artificial Intelligence' part 1 - Using artificial intelligence to spot patterns Professor Stephen Roberts explains how machines, whose job it is simply to learn, can help researchers spot scientific needles in data haystacks, which will help us solve some grand challenges. Stephen Roberts 15 Apr 2015
69 'Explosions' part 3 - Health and Big Data Professor Gil McVean explains what Big Data is and how it can be used to better understand and treat complex conditions, such as heart disease and dementia. Gil McVean 30 Mar 2015
70 Education, language and the social brain A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Dr Neil Mercer, University of Cambridge. Neil Mercer 02 Mar 2015
71 Mobile learning in global health training. What about social justice? Niall discusses emerging findings from the ESRC/DFID­funded project "mCHW: a mobile  learning intervention for community health workers”.  Niall Winters 19 Feb 2015
72 Modalities and mechanisms of effective school inspections A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Dr Melanie Ehren, senior lecturer at the London Centre for Leadership and Learning. Melanie Ehren, Pamela Sammons 06 Feb 2015
73 The death of human capital: why there are no exceptions A public seminar from the Department of Education, given by Professor Hugh Lauder, University of Bath. Hugh Lauder 05 Feb 2015
74 6th Annual Univ Access Lecture: Can we solve the independent school problem? Anthony Seldon gives the 6th Annual Access lecture entitles Can we solve the independent school problem? On 27th January 2015. Anthony Seldon 02 Feb 2015
75 Production tasks underestimate the grammatical abilities of sequential bilingual children Department of Education Public Seminar delivered by Professor Theodoros Marinis on sequential bilingual children. Theodoras Marinis 21 Jan 2015
76 The Crisis of the Meritocracy: Education and Democracy in Modern Britain Professor Peter Mandler gives the 2014 Emden Lecture at St Edmund Hall. Peter Mandler 10 Dec 2014
77 Contrasting the dynamics of English  and Finnish education policy­making A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Dr Jaakko Kauko, University of Helsinki. Jaakko Kauko 05 Dec 2014
78 English language policy and educational planning: Issues and concerns in Asian contexts A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Dr Roger Barnard. Roger Barnard 01 Dec 2014
79 Are there some questions that can’t be answered? The limits of research in teacher education A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Dr Katharine Burn and Trevor Mutton. Katharine Burn, Trevor Mutton, Harry Daniels 01 Dec 2014
80 The rise and rise of testing and use of assessment data in Australia A public seminar from the Department of Education, delivered by Professor Val Klenowski, Queensland University of Technology. Val Klenowski, Jo-Anne Baird 01 Dec 2014
81 What should the State wish for all its children? Fiona Millar, journalist, gives the 2014 Lady English Lecture at St Hilda's College FIona Millar 13 Nov 2014
82 Converting academic research into education activities Andrew McLellan, Pitt Rivers Musuem, gives a talk on how the Pitt Rivers Museum has been using academic research to create new educational activities Andrew McLellnan 21 Oct 2014
83 "Matters of Scale" Part 3 - Nanomedicine Dr Sonia Trigueros explains how she is using nanotechnologies to create targeted drug delivery systems. Chemotherapy is a particularly harmful treatment, with patients losing their hair and suffering from infections due to damage to their immune systems. Sonia Trigueros, Chris Lintott 08 Oct 2014
84 "Matters of Scale" Part 2 - Biology and the Problem with Scale Dr Sylvia MacLain talks about how water creates a problem when researching biology. Structures can be studied when they are in solid form, but approximately 60% of our bodies are made of water. Sylvia MacLain, Chris Lintott 08 Oct 2014
85 "Matters of Scale" Part 1 - Extremes of Scale Professors Pedro Ferreira and Alan Barr explain what scale means to them, from particle physics to the visible universe. At the subatomic level, gravity has a surprisingly large effect and particles are so small that they have no size. Alan Barr, Pedro Ferreira, Chris Lintott 08 Oct 2014
86 "Origins" Part 3 - Origins of Human Life Drs Suzannah Williams and Dagan Wells explore the secrets and processes behind human fertilisation. Sperm and eggs must face huge challenges before they even meet. After fertilisation, they go on to form a small ball of cells with huge potential. Suzannah Williams, Dagan Wells, Chris Lintott 07 Oct 2014
87 "Origins" Part 2 - Origins of Earth and the Solar System Professor Alex Halliday explains how planets form from nothing but an area of space full of dust. Tiny differences between the elements that make up meteorites can give you an idea of how old they are and which part of the solar system they came from. Alex Halliday, Chris Lintott 07 Oct 2014
88 "Origins" Part 1 - Origins of the Universe Professor Jo Dunkley explains how we can look back in time at the light from the early Universe. This ultra-cold light can be used to create a picture from soon after the Big Bang. Jo Dunkley, Chris Lintott 07 Oct 2014
89 The Butterfly Defect: How globalisation creates systemic risks Globalisation has brought us vast benefits including growth in incomes, education, innovation and connectivity. Ian Goldin argues that it also has the potential to destabilise our societies. Ian Goldin 03 Oct 2014
90 Creative Commons A lost generation? Education opportunities for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon Special seminar by Dr Maha Shuayb (Centre for Lebanese Studies), which took place at the Oxford Department of International Development on 19 May 2014. Maha Shuayb 11 Aug 2014
91 Creative Commons The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone The 2014 Univ Access Lecture took place on Tuesday 17th June in Merton college. Professor Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, discussed “The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone”. Daphne Koller, Ivor Crewe 29 Jul 2014
92 Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan Talk given by Dr Sharon Kinsella, University of Manchester as part of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies seminar series Sharon Kinsella 27 Jun 2014
93 The Class: Connections and Disconnections in the Digital Age This talk by Prof. Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics, reflects on a recent ethnographic study of a year 9 class – researched at school and at home over an academic year. Sonia Livingstone, Chris Davies 27 Jun 2014
94 From Multiversity to Postmodern University This seminar presentation traces the emergence of postmodernist models of higher education institutions (HEIs) from Clark Kerr’s 1963 idea of the American multiversity to Zygmunt Bauman’s more recent notion of the postmodern university. Claire Donovan 17 Jun 2014
95 Developing a Dialogic Approach to Early Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teaching: insights and findings from the epiSTEMe project. Prof. Kenneth Ruthven gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series Kenneth Ruthven 17 Jun 2014
96 CSAE Conference 2014 - Interview with Leonard Wantchekon Keynote speaker Leonard Wantchekon provides an overview of his presentation at the CSAE Conference 2014 Leonard Wantchekon 16 Jun 2014
97 Creative Commons How to Educate a General Defining and delivering military education: Col (rtd) Dr Randall Wakelam draws on his historical research to look at what constitutes good military education and how it can be most effectively delivered. Randall Wakelam 21 May 2014
98 Pronoun Interpretation in the Second Language A talk from the Department of Education Public Seminar series given by Prof. Roumyana Slabakova (Universities of Southampton and Iowa) and Prof. Lydia White (McGill University). Roumyana Slabakova, Lydia White 15 May 2014
99 What Have the Humanities to Teach the Modern University? Part of the Humanities and the Public Good series Teresa Morgan, Stephen Whitefield, David Ford, Jonathan Phillips 19 Mar 2014
100 Challenges to Universal Education ahead of the Millennium Development Goals Kevin Watkins, Director of the Overseas Development Institute, examines current progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in education and draws out some lessons for the post-MDG period. Kevin Watkins 07 Mar 2014