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Professor Roy Fisher is an educational researcher and lifelong learning sector teacher educator, and a former Head of the Department of Initial Teacher Education at the University of Huddersfield. He is a member of the University's Standing Committee on Collaborative Provision and, between 2009 and 2012,  was a member of the University’s Teaching and Learning Committee. He is a member of the member of the 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).

He is a member of the British Educational Research Association and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Roy is a member (2008 to-current) of the editorial board of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training.

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 


  • 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 1990 2017

Being a peer educator: Perspectives from young women working with Home-Start and some reflections on the role

Fisher, P. & Fisher, R. 2017 Proceedings of SCUTREA Adult Education for Inclusion and Diversity. Kong, G. & Boeren, E. (eds.). Edinburgh: Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, p. 113-119 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
working woman
informal learning

Group work and undergraduate accounting students: a Bourdieusian analysis

Teviotdale, W., Clancy, D., Fisher, R. & Hill, P. 2017 In : Research in Post-Compulsory Education. 22, 3, p. 334-354 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

group work

International students and further education colleges in England: The context, policy tensions, and some aspects of practice

Fisher, R. & Saunders, M. 2017 Internationalization in Vocational Education and Training: Transnational Perspectives. Tran, L. T. & Dempsey, K. (eds.). Springer London, p. 95-116 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

further education
government policy

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

Fisher, R. & Fisher, P. 30 Nov 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Studies in the Education of Adults.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

working woman
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World War

Activities 2016 2016

  • 2 Oral presentation

Further Education Colleges in England, International Students and Policy Contradictions

Fisher, R. (Speaker), Mike Saunders (Speaker)
10 Aug 2016

Activity: Oral presentation

Working with International Students as Partners

Fisher, R. (Speaker), Mike Saunders (Speaker)
16 Jun 2016

Activity: Oral presentation