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International Postgraduate Summer School in Philosophy of Education

University of Birmingham, UK 19-22 June 2018
Lead Tutor: Michael Hand, University of Birmingham

The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and the University of Birmingham will be hosting the 2018 International Postgraduate Summer School in Philosophy of Education from Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 June.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for outstanding postgraduate students from around the world to engage with eminent philosophers of education on a beautiful university campus located in the heart of England. The PESGB International Postgraduate Summer School comprises a week of intensive seminar discussions with internationally acclaimed philosophers. Seminar sessions will be based on thematic readings selected and distributed in advance. Participants will also have opportunities to discuss their own work in progress.

The theme for 2018 is Moral Education in Plural Societies. The Lead Tutor is Michael Hand, Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham and author of A Theory of Moral Education (Routledge, 2018).

The aims of the Summer School are:

  • to advance students’ understanding of the nature and aims of education through collaborative and individual learning experiences;
  • to further students’ appreciation of the philosophical implications of learning, teaching and curricula;
  • to help students formulate and address philosophical questions that relate to the concerns of contemporary practitioners and policymakers.

To apply, please send:

  • one sample of academic work (max 1500 words) or a research outline (PhD students only)
  • a CV (maximum 2 sides A4)
  • a letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor
  • a short covering letter explaining why you would like to attend the Summer School to Dr Ruth Wareham at

Attendance at the Summer School (including accommodation and all meals) will be funded by the Society, but participants will be responsible for booking and financing their own travel. Travel bursaries may be available for students in (demonstrable) financial hardship.

The PESGB welcomes all participants including those with disabilities. The event will be held in the Arts Building which has wheelchair access via a ramp, a lift to all teaching spaces and accessible toilets. Accessible overnight accommodation is also available. Please email for further details.

The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 20 April 2018.

To download the details, please click here.


This year’s Undergraduate Summer School in Philosophy of Education took place at the University of Birmingham, UK (4th-6th September 2017). This was an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduate students to learn more about the philosophy of education on a beautiful university campus located in the heart of England.

The poster available here.

The Summer School involves 3 days of lectures, seminar discussions and social activities. No prior knowledge of philosophy of education is required. The event is free to attend and the Society will fund all meals and accommodation. Participants will be responsible for their own travel costs but a limited number of travel bursaries will be available for applicants who are able to demonstrate financial need.

The theme for 2017 was Justice and Education and confirmed speakers included:

  • Matthew Clayton (University of Warwick)
  • LorellaTerzi (University of Roehampton)
  • Ian Kidd (University of Nottingham)
  • Judith Suissa (UCL IoE)
  • Darren Chetty (UCL IoE)


Each year we appoint postgraduate students to provide support and to facilitate group discussions at the Summer School. You need to be enthusiastic and able to help undergraduates work in groups to explore philosophical issues. Further details are available here.

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