When: Wednesday, 5th June 2019 9:00 AM
Where: North Devon Brannams Campus

Petroc Scholarly Research Conference

The 2019 Petroc Scholarly Research Conference promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking event. This year we will be joined by keynote speaker, Professor Marilyn Leask, honoured guest speaker, Professor Fran Martin (Exeter University) and Lee Norburn (Petroc lecturer and co-founder of Reinventing Work Network).

The morning will comprise of three presentations, followed by the Concept Fair in the afternoon where you can wander around the stalls and explore the fresh ideas and research findings presented by Petroc’s Teacher Researchers and BA hons degree students.

A complimentary lunch will be provided.


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09.00 – 9.15: Welcome address

09.15 – 10:00: Professional Empowerment through Research, Professor Marilyn Leask

10.05 – 10.50: Working with Cultural Difference - re-imagining educational relationships, Dr Fran Martin

10.50 – 11.05: Break (refreshments provided)

11.05 – 11.45: Stories at Work, Lee Norburn

11.45 – 12.15: Panel session

12.15 – 13.30: Lunch (refreshments provided)

12.15 – 13.30: Teacher researcher and student concept fair


Speaker biogs:

Professor Marilyn Leask was trained as a teacher researcher in 1984, led an authority wide teacher researcher network, and has researched the reliability and validity of research generated through the teacher-researcher approach.  She is a researcher and an author and has held two central government roles related to using digital technologies to improve teachers’ access to the latest knowledge. She is co-chair of the Education Futures Collaboration charity set up with this goal and chief editor of MESHGuides.


Dr Fran Martin began her career as an Early Years teacher in 1980. In 1993 she moved to the higher education sector and until 2017 was a teacher educator who worked and researched with student teachers preparing them for the teaching profession with a focus on primary education and issues of social justice. She now works as an independent researcher with colleagues in Canada. Together they have recently pubished an edited book 'Culturally Responsive Pedagogy' with Palgrave Macmillan (Pirbhai-Illich, Pete & Martin, 2017). In her spare time Fran is a keen boogie boarder and walker.


Lee Norburn is a Senior HEA Fellow, with an MSc in Organisational Change from Ashridge Business School. In 2008, Lee became a business lecturer and Petroc and in 2012 established nowlab, developing his coaching and change facilitation work beyond the academic sector.  Most recently, Lee co-founded the ‘Reinventing Work Network’ to help the South West become a crucible for new ways of working that release the human potential often ‘locked’ within traditional organisations. Lee’s work enables leaders to find a new sense of what is possible for themselves, and their organisations, he believes that: ‘only where we can imagine a better world, can we create one’.