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Professor Roy Fisher is an educational researcher and lifelong learning sector teacher educator. He was formerly Head of the Department of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Huddersfield. He has been a member of the University's Standing Committee on Collaborative Provision (SCCP) and, between 2009 and 2012, of the University Teaching and Learning Committee (UTLC) as well as of the Standards and Quality Advisory Group (QSAG). He was for many years a member of the national Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) Management Forum.    

His first degree (1974) was in History which he studied at Aberystwyth. He was subsequently awarded degrees by the University of Bradford (1984), University of Leeds (1988), and University of Huddersfield (1999).  

Between 1998 and 2008 Roy was founding chair and subsequently co-convenor of the Learning and Skills Research Network in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region. From 2000-2004 Roy was Director of the University’s Post-Compulsory Education and Training Research Unit and was Co-Director, with Professor James Avis, of its Centre for Research in Post-Compulsory Education from 2004 until 2012. He is a member of the Huddersfield University Centre for Research in Education and Society (HudCRES). His work has been widely published in leading journals and he has undertaken reviews on behalf of scholarly journals, the ESRC, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is an experienced director of doctoral research and doctoral examiner. 

Roy is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was a member (2008 to 2018) of the editorial board of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training. In 2019 an Emeritus Professorship was conferred on him by the University of Huddersfield.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Curriculum and educational history
  • Sociology of education
  • Representations of popular culture and education
  • Teacher education for the lifelong learning sector
  • Adult and Informal education
  • Education and social/political movements 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Academic Writing
  • Teacher Training
  • Curriculum Development
  • Business
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Adult Learning
  • Higher Education
  • Pedagogics
  • Teacher Education
  • Lecturing
  • Curriculum
  • Sociology of Education
  • Quantitative Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Communities of Practice

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Research Output

  • Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Peer education and empowerment: perspectives from young women working as peer educators with Home-Start

    Fisher, R. & Fisher, P., 2018, In : Studies in the Education of Adults. 50, 1, p. 74-91 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Ollin, R., 11 Oct 2018, Teaching in lifelong learning : A guide to theory and practice. Avis, J., Fisher, R. & Thompson, R. (eds.). london: Open University Press, p. 38-46 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    • 3 Oral presentation

    Being a Peer-Educator: Perspectives from Young Women Working with Home-Start and Some Reflections on the Role

    Roy Fisher (Speaker) & Pamela Fisher (Speaker)

    4 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Further Education Colleges in England, International Students and Policy Contradictions

    Roy Fisher (Speaker) & Mike Saunders (Speaker)

    10 Aug 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Working with International Students as Partners

    Roy Fisher (Speaker) & Mike Saunders (Speaker)

    16 Jun 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation