Staff Profile:Dr Eileen Hyder

Dr Eileen Hyder
Job Title:
Academic Developer

My main responsibilities fall under the University's FLAIR Framework. I lead the FLAIR CPD Scheme, which enables experienced colleagues involved in teaching and/or supporting learning to make an internal application for recognition as Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow of the HEA. I also contribute to the Academic Practice Programme (APP) and act as tutor to participants. In addition, I am involved in the implementation of the 'Inclusivity' strand of the Curriculum Framework and support the wider work of CQSD through the Teaching & Learning Programme.


My entire career has been rooted in education. I taught in secondary schools for seven years before moving into primary education. My main responsibility as a primary teacher was in leading English, particularly in promoting reading. Given that a substantial part of my role in schools involved supporting the professional development of colleagues, I was keen to develop this further by moving into initial teacher training. I joined the Institute of Education at the University of Reading in January 2011 as an English tutor and subsequently became Programme Director of the BA Ed. I joined the team in CQSD in 2014 to lead the FLAIR CPD scheme.


Areas of Interest:

Academic development and CPD


Diversity and Inclusion

Reflective practice

Professional identity


I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

PhD (2010)

MA English in Education (2007)

PGCE Secondary German (1984)

Research groups / Centres:


Warner, L., Crolla, C., Goodwyn, A., Hyder, E. & Richards, B. (2015). Reading aloud in high schools: students and teachers across the curriculum. Educational Review.

Hyder, E. (2014). Reading Groups, Libraries and Social Justice. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Hyder, E. (2012). Serving two masters: A reflective narrative of reconciling the tensions faced in designing doctoral research. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 11 (2), 128-144.

Hyder, E. & Tissot, C. (2012). 'That's definite discrimination': practice under the umbrella of inclusion. Disability & Society,

Hyder, E. (2011). Cross-curricular Poetry Writing. In M. J. Lockwood (Ed.), Bringing Poetry Alive (pp.88-98). London: Sage

Hyder, E. (2011, Sept). Providing support for lifelong learning through reading: a study of a library-based reading group for visually-impaired people (VIPs). Paper presented at BERA conference, London.

Hyder, E. (2009) Readers are Very Important People. English in Education, 43 (3), 226 - 240.

Dr Eileen Hyder

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 6098

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