AVETRA 2015 Conference Key Note Speakers

Professor Terri Seddon Australian Catholic University, NSW, Australia

Terri Seddon is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Australian Catholic University. Her research examines education and educational work in  global transitions, focusing particularly on workplace learning and leadership in tertiary, adult, and post-compulsory learning spaces. Her research program asks questions about knowledge and authority, changing practices of governing, and educational work that forms citizens. She is currently investigating contexts of uncertainty that arise with global transitions, tensions between market reforms and inclusive growths that are making and re-making societies, schooling and the emerging global order.







Professor James Avis, University of Huddersfield, UK

James Avis left school at the age of 16 and, after working for the John Lewis partnership for a number of years, studied for a degree in Management Science at the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology. This was followed by an MA in Sociology and a PGCE(FE). He later taught Sociology at a College of Further Education during which time he studied for a PhD at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University. From FE he moved to Oxford Brookes University where he was course leader for Educational Studies. This was followed by a move to the University of Wolverhampton where he was Professor of Education Studies. Currently he is Director of Research and Professor of Post-Compulsory Education and Training at the University of Huddersfield. His research interests lie in post-compulsory education and life-long learning. He has written extensively on the policy contextualisation of further education, having addressed curriculum issues, methodological questions, teacher professionalism, as well as the lived experience of teachers and learners. He has a keen interest in the political economy of this sector and its policy contextualisation. Recent books include Issues in Post-Compulsory Education and Training; Education, Policy and Social Justice: Learning and Skills; Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a guide to theory and practice. Current writing addresses localism, governance and community in relation to education and the state and also explores issues surrounding workplace learning.






Rod Camm (Bio to come)