Staff Profile:

Name:
Dr Alan Floyd
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:

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  • EdD Programme Director
  • EdD and PhD supervision
  • Member of Research Committee
  • Member of Post Graduate Research Committee
  • Member of Ethics Review Committee
Areas of Interest:

My research interests focus on various aspects of educational leadership and management, including:

  • How people perceive and experience being in a leadership role
  • Career trajectories
  • Identity
  • Leadership development
  • Distributed leadership
  • Collaborative Professional Practice
  • The ethical issues involved with being an insider researcher

These interests are reflected in the supervisions, publications and research projects listed below.

Current and recent doctoral students

Completions

  1. Abdullah Alghulayqah (with Prof Naz Rassool) Examining the Perceptions of Senior Management Teams in Three Private Universities in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities and Challenges.
  2. Mohammad Alromaih (with Prof Naz Rassool) Headteachers' perspectives and experiences of educational reform in AlQassim, Saudi Arabia.
  3. Rfah Alyami (with Prof Naz Rassool) A Case Study of the Tatweer School System in Saudi Arabia: the perceptions of leaders and teachers.
  4. Winston Brookes (with Prof Paul Croll) The Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL): a retrospective, intrinsic case study of the process of policy into practice and its impact on teacher participants.
  5. Tim Clark (with Dr Elizabeth McCrum) Exploring the social construction of philosophical assumptions: the methodological journeys of doctoral researchers in the social sciences. 
  6. Janette Jolly (with Dr Carol Fuller) Life histories of retirement life-transition amateur instrumentalists: music education, lifelong learning, and identity.
  7. Wisanu Krutngoen (with Prof Brian Fidler) Social Capital and Physical Capital as Community Resources: An Impact Study on Students' Perceptions and Educational Outcomes in Two Southern USA Schools.
  8. Thanda Mhlanga (with Prof Naz Rassool) The construction of professional identities in Further Education in the UK: perspectives of middle managers and academic experts in Educational Leadership and Management.
  9. Louise Padgen (with Dr Carol Fuller) Free school Policy Enactment in two case-study schools: Motivation, vision and reality. 
  10. Rich Robson (with Dr Carol Fuller) Marketing attitudes and practices of staff at a UK independent school.

Current Supervisions

  1. Muteb Alhammadi (with Tony MacFadyen) Successful school principals in Saudi Arabia: practices, culture and leadership development. 
  2. Husain Almalki (with Dr Karen Jones) School principals' experiences and perceptions of autonomy and decision making in Saudi Arabia.
  3. Ahmad Alsewiket (with Dr Karen Jones) The changing role of public universities in Saudi Arabia: globalisation and cultural identity.
  4. Khaled Alshawabka (with Dr Pete Bradshaw) Lesson observation practices in an English secondary school: identity, culture and CPD. 
  5. Valentina Bamber (with Dr Louise Courtney) Scaffolding oral interactions in pedagogical activities with pre- and in-service EFL primary school teachers in Italy.
  6. Nicola Brooks (with Dr Liz Marr) An investigation into the use of learning analytics to support student learning in higher education.
  7. Karen Bucknell-Nut (with Dr Carol Fuller) Exploring professional identities in Higher Education. 
  8. Sameer Lakhani (with Dr Carol Fuller) Marketing and impact on practice in HEIs.
  9. Blair McMurchy (with Dr Carol Fuller) The role of the President in Ontario Community Colleges.
  10. Nasreen Majid (with Dr Karen Jones) How do primary teachers in England develop their professional identities as mathematics specialists? 
  11. Mary Morris (with Dr Carol Fuller) Exploring excluded learners' identities 
  12. Saba Qadhi (with Tony MacFadyen) Female English Language Teachers' perceptions and experiences of continuing professional development in Qatar.
  13. Beth Richards-Bray (with Dr Daguo Li) International sojourning students' perceptions and experiences of pre-departure activities and host-culture adjustment.
  14. Wayne Rimmer (with Dr Louise Courtney) English language teachers and the role of Professional Associations. 
  15. Ian Robinson (with Dr Pete Bradshaw) Teachers' and students' perceptions and experiences of vocational education in a UK sixth form.
  16. Hayley Sae Kang (with Dr Cathy Tissot) Exploring the role of LSAs in a UK special school: identity, culture and CPD.

Funded Research

  1. 2017/2018 An evaluation of the Nxplorers Programme (Stage 2) funded by Shaping Learning
  2. 2016/2017 Understandings and formulation of democratic strategy in federated school structures in England (with Dr Jacqueline Baxter, Open University Business School) funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
  3. 2016/2017 Evaluating the effectiveness of the Researching Practitioner Development Framework (with Dr Hilary Lindsay, Open University) funded by the Open University Research into Teaching and Learning Fund.
  4. 2016 An evaluation of a 'sustainable leadership' capacity building programme for 14-19 year olds funded by Shaping Learning.
  5. 2016 Research Development Grant awarded by the Open University (to support involvement in external roles).
  6. 2014-2015 University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund Grant (to prepare a large scale, international research bid).
  7. 2013 - 2014 Exploring the Role of Associate Deans in UK Universities (with Dr Diane Preston, Open University Business School) funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
  8. 2012 - 2013 Investigating the Newly Formed Role of 'Academic Lead' at a Research-led University (with Tash Kahn-Davis and Dr Dilly Fung, both University of Exeter) funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
  9. 2012-2014 Leadership Development in a Small Island Developing State: the Jamaican context (with Dr Carol Fuller, University of Reading) funded by a BELMAS International Partnership Grant.
  10. 2012 - 2013 Exploring the Professional Identities of Secondary School Teachers (with Dr Carol Fuller, University of Reading) funded by the University of Reading IoE Internal Research Fund.
  11. 2011 - 2012 Life Histories of Academics who become HoDs in a pre-1992 University: Socialisation, Identity and Career Trajectory funded by the University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund.
  12. 2009 - 2010 Inter-professional Education and Collaborative Practice funded by Oxford Brookes University and led by Professor Marlene Morrison.
Research groups / Centres:
Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
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Conference papers and invited presentations

  1. Floyd, A. (2017) Insider Research Ethics and the Conduct of the Researcher. Invited seminar given at Newman University, Birmingham
  2. Floyd, A. and Fung, D. (2016) Investigating the PDR process in a UK university: continuing professional development or performativity? Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, 7-9th December
  3. Floyd, A. and Fung, D. (2016) Leading the Professional Development Review process: professional development or performativity? Paper presented at New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  4. Fung, D. and Floyd, A. (2015) Exploring distributed leadership in an English university. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, 9-11th December.
  5. Floyd, A. (2015) How do middle managers become effective leaders? Invited seminar given at the Dutch International Schools Teachers' Conference, International School of The Hague.
  6. Floyd, A. and Preston, D. (2014) Exploring the role of Associate Dean in UK Universities - End of Project Findings. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, 11-13th December.
  7. Floyd, A. (2014) Higher Education Leadership and Management: Global Perspectives Invited talk delivered at the International Education Institute, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, 26th September.
  8. Floyd, A. and Preston, D. (2014) Doing some good? Exploring the role of Associate Dean in UK Universities. Paper presented at the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference, Stratford, 11-13th July.
  9. Floyd, A. and Fung, D. (2014) Mentor or manager: perspectives of distributed leadership in a UK University. Paper presented at New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  10. Fung D. and Floyd A. (2013) Focusing the kaleidoscope: Investigating the newly formed role of "Academic Lead" at a research-led University. Invited paper presented as part of the Institute of Education Research Seminar Programme, University of Reading.
  11. Floyd, A. and Preston, D. (2013) Exploring the role of Associate Dean in UK Universities - Initial Findings. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, 11-13th December.
  12. Floyd, A. and Fung, D. (2013) On leading and being led: exploring distributed leadership at a UK university. Paper presented at the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 12-14th July.
  13. Floyd, A., & Fung, D. (2012). Focusing the kaleidoscope: Investigating the newly formed role of "Academic Lead" at a research-led University - initial findings. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales.
  14. Floyd, A., & Morrison, M. (2012). Inter-professional identities and cultures in Education, Health and Social Care: implications for higher education research and practice. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales.
  15. Fuller, C. and Floyd, A. (2012) Teachers as professionals: identity, autonomy and job satisfaction in an era of unprecedented structural reform paper presented at BERA Annual Conference, University of Manchester.
  16. Floyd, A. and Fuller, C. (2012) Leadership development in a Small Island Developing State: the Jamaican context paper presented at BELMAS Annual Conference, Manchester.
  17. Floyd, A. (2012) Supporting middle leaders in higher education: Do we care? Paper presented at New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.
  18. Floyd, A. (2011) Leadership in Higher Education - Voices from the Middle invited paper presented at the SRHE South West Higher Education Network Seminar Series, University of Bristol.
  19. Floyd, A. (2011) Narratives of academics who become department heads in a chartered UK university paper presented as part of a symposium: Barnet, R., Evans, L., Floyd, A., Gornell, L. and Salisbury, J. Narrating 'workstyles, textures and adaptations' in academic work and workplace at the Centre for Excellence in Preparing for Academic Practice 4th International Conference - Academia as workplace: linking past, present and future. University of Oxford.
  20. Floyd, A. and Arthur, L. (2010) Researching from Within: Moral and Ethical Issues and Dilemmas presented at SRHE Annual Conference, Cardiff.
  21. Arthur, L., Floyd, A., Glenny, G., and Morrison, M. (2010) The Leadership and Management of Inter-professional Education and Collaborative Professional Practice presented at BELMAS Annual Conference, Reading
  22. Floyd, A. (2009) "Turning Points": the personal and professional circumstances that lead academics to become HoDs at a UK University presented at Beyond Teaching and Research - Inclusive Understandings of Academic Practice Conference, University of Oxford
  23. Floyd, A. (2009) Jugglers, Copers and Strugglers: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting the Career Trajectories of Academics who become HoDs presented at SRHE Annual Conference, Cardiff
  24. Floyd, A. (2008) Experiences of Academics who become HoDs in a UK University: Socialisation, Identity and Career Trajectory presented at SRHE Annual Conference, Liverpool
  25. Floyd, A. (2008) Karma Chameleons: Changing Identities of Academics who become Heads of Department presented at Academic Identities in Crisis? Conference, University of Central Lancashire
  26. Floyd, A. (2007) Career Trajectories of Academics who become Heads of Department - Initial Findings presented at Annual BERA Conference, University of London
  27. Floyd, A. (2006) Heading the Department: A need for Investigation presented at Annual BERA Conference, University of Warwick

Consultancy

As Project Lead:

  1. 2015 Dutch International Schools Conference, Invited Speaker
  2. 2014 British Council and Vietnam National University (VNU) Ho Cho Minh: Leadership and Management Capacity Building Programme for Higher Education Leaders
  3. 2013 British Council and Vietnam National University (VNU) Hanoi: Leadership and Management Capacity Building Programme for Higher Education Leaders
  4. 2011 - 2012 Jamaican Leadership Development Programme

As Project Team Member:

  1. 2010-2017 Chinese Head Teachers' Development Programme
  2. 2014 "Beaconhouse" Pakistan School Leaders' Development Programme
  3. 2014 Cypriot School Leaders' Development Programme
  4. 2013-2014 Kazakhstan Higher Education Leaders' "Bolashak" programme

External Roles

  • I am on the Editorial Board for the Sage Journal Management in Education
  • I am a reviewer for the following journals: Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Educational Management Administration and Leadership, Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Research and Development, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Oxford Review of Education, Studies in Continuing Education, Studies in Higher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education
  • I am an advisor to the Commonwealth Scholarship Committee and advise on applications to the scheme in the area of Educational Leadership and Management
  • I am the co-convenor of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Post-16 Leadership and Management Research Interest Group
  • I am a paper reviewer for Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Conference
  • In addition, I am a member of BERA, BELMAS, SRHE, CCEAM

Examining

  • External Examiner for University of Wales Trinity St David (EdD Programme) (2017-present)
  • External Examiner for The University of Strathclyde (Masters programme) (2011-2017)
  • External Examiner for Sheffield Hallam University (BA programme) (2008-2011)
  • I have examined 12 doctoral candidates at the following institutions: Cardiff Metropolitan University, Edge Hill University, Middlesex University, the University of Reading, the Open University, the University of Wales, and the University of Westminster. In addition, I have acted as an independent panel chair on several occasions.

Career History

I began my career as a teacher and have taught in a range of secondary schools and colleges throughout the UK. Within the HE sector, I have previously lectured at Leeds Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University (where I held a senior management post within the Westminster Institute of Education), and the Open University (where I was the EdD Programme Leader). At the University of Reading, I have been the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies and the Pathway Leader for all MA and doctoral leadership and management programmes in the Institute of Education. I am currently the EdD Programme Director.   

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Leicester)
  • MBA (University of Leicester)
  • MSc (University of Edinburgh)
  • BAEd (Hons) (St Luke's College, University of Exeter)

Contact Details

Email:
alan.floyd@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 2720

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