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Biography

Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, PhD, SFHEA, FRSA, FRHistS

I am a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Education and Professional Development, a post I have held since retiring full-time after working 17 years at the University. I began my teaching career after reading history and education at Bede College, University of Durham. I have taught in both the secondary and the further education sectors. In 2001, I took up an appointment at the University and have held various posts subsequently. My research is concerned with history of adult education as without understanding the past we cannot begin to understand the present or prepare for the future. I have widely published in scholarly journals and chapters in books. In 2016, I authored The Development of the Mechanics’ Institute Movement in Britain and Beyond: Supporting further education for the adult working classes (Routledge Research in Education, London, UK). My work is regularly cited, the most recent being in a government report; Historic England: Mechanics’ Institutes, Introduction to Heritage Assets (December 2017). I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS). I am also a committee member of the History of Education Specialist Interest Group (SIG), which is part of the British Education Research Association (BERA). I have externally examined candidates for the award of MA by research, PhD and EdD.

 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Historical educational developments with regard to curriculum offered in further adult and higher education 
  • The impact of government education policy in an historical context

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Research Output 2008 2018

Education
Working Class
State Intervention
1820s
technical college
Adult Education
further education
supply
teacher

Career planning and continuing professional development

Simmons, R. & Walker, M., 2015, Teaching in Lifelong Learning: A Guide to Theory and Practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). 2nd ed. Open University Press, p. 259-69 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citations
technical education
nineteenth century
mechanic
act
First International

Activities 2015 2017

  • 10 Oral presentation

Great Stimulus to Mechanical Skill and Inventiveness

Martyn Walker (Speaker)
14 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Problematising and Exploring Histories of British Values: Religion, Nationalism, Curriculum and Broadcasting

Martyn Walker (Speaker)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Development of the Mechanics' Institute in Britain and Beyond

Martyn Walker (Speaker)
3 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

No More Admirable Building Could be Provided for Such a Purpose

Martyn Walker (Speaker)
3 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation