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The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers


UCET Weekly Bulletin (wk/e: 18th January 2019)

January 18th, 2019


Welcome to the UCET weekly e-bulletin!

Dear UCET Members and other colleagues,

Here are the highlights and announcements for this week,  including details of the 1st call for papers for this year’s ICET conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in early July. New job and examiner opportunities are included too:

Headings in hyperlinks will take you the relevant page on the UCET website where you can see further details about all of the posts and headlines below:

  • If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, there is still time to vote on the new poll on the Home page of the UCET website (scroll down to the bottom right-hand corner) which asks how applications to ITE Primary and Secondary ITE programmes compare this year to last year’s figures. Please do vote if you have a moment. The poll will close today at 5 pm and we will let you know the results.



  • 1st Call for Papers – the 63rd World ICET Assembly, 2019. Theme: ‘Reconceptualising teacher education for the 4th Industrial Revolution and knowledge democracy: teaching beyond the 3Rs’. Date: 9 – 11 July 2019A copy of the flyer, abstract submissions application and delegate registration forms can be downloaded via the ‘External Events’ page here.





Latest News





External Examiner Vacancies & Jobs

External Examiners

Full details of external examiner and job opportunities can be found on the UCET website by clicking the link above. New and recent opportunities are listed below.

  • Bangor University: Prifysgol Bangor, Ysgol Addysg a Datblygiad Dynol Arholwr Allanol Cyfrwng Cymraeg  a Chyfrwng Saesneg ar gyfer cyrsiau EdD a MA. Cysylltwch â Dr Jean Ware 01248388233 yn y lle cyntaf.  Bangor University, School of Education and Human Development- Welsh and English Medium Examiners for the EdD and MA Courses. examiners required for the EdD and MA courses Contact Dr Jean Ware 01248388233 in the first instance.


  • Bath Spa University: PGCE with QTS Secondary English and Drama and Secondary Mathematics. c/d for both roles: 31 January. CV and short letter/email of interest to Dr Benton M Brown:


  • Bradford College University Centre: BA Primary QTS (2 Posts). Start as soon as possible: Specialists for Language and Science. Please send CVs and expressions of interest to


  • Edge Hill University:For November 2018: PGCE Primary Education with QTS; PGCE Secondary School Direct; PGCE Secondary Science (Biology) with QTS. For October 2019:  BA Hons Primary Education with QTS; BA Hons Teaching, Learning and Child Development; BA Hons Working and Teaching in the Early Years; PGCE Primary with QTS School Direct and PG Cert in SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBA/ATS.If you are interested in any of the above vacancies, please send expressions of interest and a CV to



  • London South Bank University: BA Hons Education & Education Studies (2 posts). Starting September 2019. Expressions of interest, including CVs, should be sent to Andrew Read, Head of Education Division,


  • Northumbria University (ASAP). For SCITT provision validated by Northumbria University:
    • Post 1: To examine across three SCITT Programmes in the North East
    • Post 2: To examine across two SCITT programmes one in Yorkshire and one in Buckinghamshire
    • Expressions of interest, including CVs should be sent to Karen Hudson Acting head of Subject: Education For informal discussion about these vacancies please call Karen on 0191 215 6648.


  • Plymouth Marjon University: B.Ed Primary Education with specialist pathways degree. To discuss the role, please call or email Gill Golder (Associate Dean and Director of School) 01752636700 ext 5638. EOIs to Norman Jope, Academic Standards Officer, Quality and Academic Standards Unit ( or 01752-636895).


  • University of Bedfordshire:
    • Foundation Degree in Early Years, and
    • BA Applied Early Years Studies (Top-up)
    • If you are interested in this post, please send your CV to Dr Perry Knight (Principal Lecturer in Teacher Education).  Please can you indicate in your CV External Examiner posts you currently hold, or have held.
  • and
  • PGCE Secondary Mathematics (including school visits) to commence September 2019.  This is an exciting time to join the PGCE course as the structure of it has undertaken an innovative review.  Expressions of interest, including CVs, should be sent to Mieka Harris .


  • University of Brighton:
  1. BA Primary courses: BA Primary 3-7 with QTS BA Primary English Education with QTS BA Primary Mathematics Education with QTS  Please see linked adverts above for each position and send CVs to: Joanne Smith (Assistant Programme Leader)
  2. PGCE Sec and SDT English_Brighton Please see linked advert and send CV to Anne Denmead, route leader:
  3. An external advisor to support an internal curriculum review of our BA with QTS Troops to Teachers programmes. The role will involve the following:
  • Reviewing course documentation on an online workspace and providing an independent view of course coherence, quality and its adherence to professional requirements
  • Reviewing alignment of the programme to specific review themes
  • Attending the review event and reviewing the draft report arising

The review event is scheduled for the afternoon of March 13th 2019. Travel and accommodation expenses will be met and a fee for this role is payable. Please send a CV to Lis Bundock, TtT course leader, email:


  • University of Chester: BA Primary Education with QTS and BA Early Years-Primary Education with QTS, PGCE Primary and PGCE Primary-Early Years – 2 posts to go across each of these programmes, with a strength in early years ITE desirable for one of the posts.


  • University of Cumbria: Postgraduate Certificate SEN (National Award for Special Needs Co-ordination ) to start in March 2019. Please send expressions of interest and  a CV to


  • University of Oxford: For further details of the below vacancies, please visit: or
    • Departmental Lecturer in English Education
    • Departmental Lecturer in Mathematics Education
    • Departmental Lecturer in Modern Languages Education
    • Departmental Lecturer in Modern Languages (Mandarin) Education (0.5 fte post)
    • Departmental Lecturer in Science Education
    • If, having read the advertisement and the further particulars, any potential applicants would like to know more about any of the positions they should  contact the Director of Professional Programmes, Trevor Mutton (


  • University of Roehampton: BA Primary QTS Science and BA Primary, Design & Technology. CVs and expression of interest to Matthew Sossick, Head of ITE, Closing date for both: January 31st.


  • University of Winchester:
  1.  PGCE Secondary School Direct.

For more details please contact Dr Malcolm Honour ( To apply please send expressions of interest and CV to  by 21.2.19

  1. PGCE SCITT programme

The programme includes primary and secondary partnerships.

Further details of each post are available to download on the Examiners’ page. For more details,  please contact Dr Malcolm Honour ( To apply please send expressions of interest and CV to  by 21.2.19




  • London Metropolitan University: Part-time Associate Lecturer in PGCE Sciences (immediate start). Please send CVs and covering letter detailing interest and experience to Rob Fonseca (Head of ITE):






Member Resources

Information, Guidance and Advice



  • Call for Papers: ‘Education in a Post-human Age’

Education in the North was established in 1965 and is an international, peer reviewed open access journal published by the University of Aberdeen School of Education. We support early career researchers and those who wish to publish in minority languages having a proud history of publishing in Scottish Gaelic. See for more information. For further information please contact co-editor Rachel Shanks

The latest edition of the book you can trust to guide your trainees through their teaching careers. Andrew Pollard and the expert authors share tried and tested techniques for use in all primary and secondary settings, providing evidence-based guidance on key classroom issues including relationships and behaviour, curriculum planning, teaching strategies and assessment. This edition brings Lesson Study cases and other new pedagogical features, plus new reflective activities, guidance on key readings and extra resources at, all designed to meet the needs of today’s learners.

Click here to learn more, request an inspection copy, or to order at 30% off with discount code UCET18 for UCET members.

The Skills Builder Partnership brings together schools, employers and other skills-building organisations around a common mission: one day, everyone will build the essential skills, experiences and aspirations to succeed. Our award-winning approach is underpinned by the Skills Builder Framework, which breaks each skill down into teachable and measurable chunks.

For more information on the eight essential skills needed, please see the flyer below:


Skills Builder are also currently offering up to 20 two-hour workshops for trainee teachers on a fully-funded basis this year, to help build confidence and develop students’ essential skills. Places are still available for the scheme. To find out more and book in a session, please contact Alison Gale:





External Events 


Save the Date – 4th July 2019

  • The First CollectivED Knowledge Exchange: creating professional learning opportunities through coaching and mentoring in education



  • The Keele and North Staffordshire Alliance. ‘Informing and Challenging our Practices and Pedagogy’.  1 day conference that will take place on 4th April, Keele Hall.


  • Support for Children with English as an Additional Language (EAL): interactive strategy discussion. 6th March, Central London.
  • Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT’The Value of Relationships: tackling early career teacher retention’. FREE event.Date: 6th March.




PSHE Assocation and Health Education England are inviting initial teacher educators (including university lecturers, school-based training leads and headteachers), along with PSHE education and ITE policy decision-makers to a free seminar on preparing trainee teachers for statutory RSE and health education.

  • NARIC Training: evaluating international qualifications

NASBTT have arranged for NARIC to deliver training on Evaluating International Qualifications. The cost for UCET member would be the same as for NASBTT members, £200 for the session.  Places are still available in Sheffield  (Sheffield Hallam University) on Thursday, 7th February 2019 (9 for 9.30- 12.30pm) and for the afternoon session in London (Teaching London LDBS SCITT) on Monday, 11th February 2019 (1 for 1.30-4.30pm).

To make a booking, please complete the booking form here. Your booking will be acknowledged by email and an invoice will be raised. Joining instructions will follow in week beginning Monday, 21st January 2019. Please contact Alison Hobson for further details:



Tweets of interest this week include:

A post expressing how UCET believes that the ECF should be delivered by accredited providers to ensure synergy between ITE and ETF, and to allow the ECF to be linked to M-level; LMJU partnership is praised in the recent OFSTED report on the quality of ITE programmes; Issue 7 of CollectiveED is scheduled for February publication – if you would like to contribute a paper, follow at ‘#CollectivED1; Emma Hollis’ article in SchoolsWeek on the top 3 priorities for teacher recruitment this year; an article by Adam Black ( on the usefulness of a master’s degree; thanks to Professor Peter Gilroy, editor of the Journal of Education of Teaching, who is stepping down after 30 years and congratulations to Professor Linda la Velle (University of Plymouth) who will take over; a link to the forthcoming #FEImagine2019 conference and news that there is a new network for practitioners to share research and ideas.


UCET News & Forums 

The UCET Northern Ireland Committee met this week, along with Government colleagues in the afternoon.  Items on the agenda included: updates from member institutions; the proposed UCET NI showcasing event; updates on the two projects, research into professional learning frameworks and research into digital education in primary schools; the WISE project, reports from NI representatives on official groups; the Early Career Framework; REF issues; updates on developments in England, Scotland and Wales.

Registration is now open for the following morning symposium forum discussions:

Post 16 (8th February): Mental health, well-being and resilience are addressed in post-compulsory ITE programmes 

CPD: (12th February): The intellectual base of CPD Teacher Education programmes


As well as attending the Northern Ireland Committee this week, JNR also attended the NASBTT board meeting.

We hope you the items above are of interest, and please do share with others via social media channels.

Kind regards,







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