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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 2019

Career planning and continuing professional development

Simmons, R. & Walker, M., 2019, Teaching in Lifelong Learning: A Guide to Theory and Practice . Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). Third Edition ed. London: Open University Press, p. 263 - 272 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

career planning

Handbook of Historical Studies in Education: Debates, Tensions, and Directions

Walker, M., 28 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Handbook of Historical Studies in Education: Debates, Tensions, and Directions. Fitzgerald, T. (ed.). 1 ed. Springer, (Springer International Handbooks of Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Women workers’ education, life narratives and politics: geographies, histories, pedagogies by Maria Tamboukou

Walker, M., 2019, In : History of Education. 48, 3, p. 417-418 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

Working Class
State Intervention
technical college
Adult Education
further education

Activities 2015 2018

  • 11 Oral 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

Great Stimulus to Mechanical Skill and Inventiveness

Martyn Walker (Speaker)
14 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Teacher Supply for Nineteenth-Century British Working-Class Education Institutions

Martyn Walker (Speaker)
8 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation