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This year’s Undergraduate Summer School in Philosophy of Education will take place at the University of Birmingham, UK (4th-6th September 2017). This is 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 so please do inform your current students and feel free to circulate this email widely (posters are also attached for you to display in your institutions).

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 is Justice and Education and confirmed speakers include:

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


The aims of the PESGB Undergraduate Summer School are:

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


To apply, please send a short expression of interest (max 500 words) explaining why you would like to attend the Summer School and a letter of recommendation from an academic tutor/supervisor to Ruth Wareham. The application deadline is 5pm on Friday 16 June.


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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