Staff Profile:Professor Alan Floyd

Name:
Professor Alan Floyd
Job Title:
Professor
Responsibilities:

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  • Research Division Lead 
  • Member of Senior Management Group
  • EdD and PhD teaching and supervision
  • Chair of Research Committee
  • Member of Ethics Review Committee
  • Member of Promotions Committee
Areas of Interest:

I am a Professor of Education and my research and teaching activity focus on two substantive areas: educational leadership and doctoral education. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Academic leadership (for details, please watch my video below)
  • School leadership and Multi Academy Trusts (MATs)
  • How people perceive and experience being in a leadership role
  • Distributed and collaborative leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Career trajectories
  • Identity
  • Insider research and associated ethical issues
  • Supporting doctoral researchers

These interests are reflected in the supervisions, funded projects and research outputs 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. PhD
  2. Muteb Alhammadi Successful school principals in Saudi Arabia: practices, culture and leadership development. PhD
  3. Husain Almalki (with Dr Karen Jones) School principals' experiences and perceptions of autonomy and decision making in Saudi Arabia. PhD
  4. Mohammad Alromaih (with Prof Naz Rassool) Headteachers' perspectives and experiences of educational reform in AlQassim, Saudi Arabia. PhD
  5. Ahmad Alsewiket (with Dr Karen Jones) The perspectives of male academic staff and postgraduate students on the effects of globalisation on higher education and cultural identity: A case study at a college of education in Saudi Arabia. PhD 
  6. Khaled Alshawabka (with Dr Pete Bradshaw) Lesson observation practices in an English secondary school: identity, culture and CPD. EdD 
  7. Rfah Alyami (with Prof Naz Rassool) A Case Study of the Tatweer School System in Saudi Arabia: the perceptions of leaders and teachers. PhD
  8. Valentina Bamber (with Barbara King) Language Teacher Education for TEYL: What do Trentino-South Tyrol LETs’ perceptions of their professional learning reveal about best practice professional development? EdD
  9. Nicola Brooks (with Dr Liz Marr) Data Changes Everything: An investigation into the acceptance of learning analytics to support student success. EdD
  10. 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. PhD
  11. Daniel Burgos (with Dr Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai) Open Science & Open Innovation: A new paradigm to achieve STE(A)M competences. PhD by published works
  12. Tim Clark (with Dr Elizabeth McCrum) Exploring the social construction of philosophical assumptions: the methodological journeys of doctoral researchers in the social sciences. EdD
  13. Patricia Day-Hookoomsing (with Prof Jeanine Treffers-Daller) The role of English in an emerging economy: the case of the ICT-BPO sector in Mauritius. PhD
  14. Janette Jolly (with Dr Carol Fuller) Life histories of retirement life-transition amateur instrumentalists: music education, lifelong learning, and identity. EdD
  15. 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. PhD
  16. Blair McMurchy (with Dr Carol Fuller) The role of the President in Ontario Community Colleges. EdD
  17. Nasreen Majid (with Dr Karen Jones) How do primary teachers in England develop their professional identities as mathematics specialists? EdD
  18. 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. PhD
  19. Louise Padgen (with Dr Carol Fuller) Free school Policy Enactment in two case-study schools: Motivation, vision and reality. EdD
  20. Saba Qadhi Female English Language Teachers' perceptions and experiences of continuing professional development in Qatar. PhD
  21. Beth Richards-Bray (with Dr Daguo Li) What impact does pre-sojourn preparation have on host-culture adjustment for sojourning students? A case-study of a SINO-UK Joint Programme. EdD
  22. Wayne Rimmer English language teachers and the role of Professional Associations. EdD
  23. Rich Robson (with Dr Carol Fuller) Marketing attitudes and practices of staff at a UK independent school. EdD
  24. Hayley Sae Kang (with Dr Cathy Tissot) Exploring the role of LSAs in a UK special school: identity, culture and CPD. EdD
  25. David Stoten Transforming learning in an English business school: time for a new paradigm of teaching and learning within the Business School Curriculum? PhD by Published Works

Current Supervisions

  1. Emad Alotaibi (with Dr Karen Jones) Leading Rural Schools in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities and Challenges.  PhD
  2. Aseel Alsharif (with Nasreen Majid) Staff perceptions of primary school curriculum reform in Saudi Arabia. PhD 
  3. David Cousens (with Dr Fiona Curtis) Student and staff perceptions and experiences of student feedback in HE. EdD
  4. Beljeet Daffu (with Dr Karen Jones) Exploring leaders professional identities and career trajectories in a private HEI. EdD
  5. Tim Gilson (with Dr Chris Turner) Leadership succession planning in Multi Academy Trust. EdD 
  6. Daniel Grant (with Marc Jacobs) The development of professional identity in pharmacy students. EdD 
  7. Dani Hall (with Prof Elizabeth McCrum) Making sense of school governance. EdD
  8. Kat Hall (with Dr Karen Jones) An analysis of the lived experiences of healthcare professionals working in split roles in clinical practice and University. EdD 
  9. Elida Kalpogianni (with Prof Helen Bilton) Preschool teachers' attitudes and perceptions regarding play in day care nurseries in Greece: the development of a play promotion programme and its effects on teachers' attitudes and practice. PhD 
  10. Mary Mountstephen (with Dr Catherine Foley) Teachers professional identities and the status of primary school Physical Education in England. EdD
  11. Samantha Parkes (with Dr Catherine Foley) Exploring teachers' perceptions and experiences of practitioner research. EdD
  12. Michelle Rogers (with Dr Gill Hopper) Children's Perceptions of Drawing Across the Curriculum in Primary Education. EdD
  13. Meliha Sakin (with Dr Karen Jones) Exploring educational reform in Turkey. PhD
  14. Zenia Zulu (with Dr Geoff Taggart) Exploring perceptions and experiences of accounting ethics education. EdD

Funded Research

Since 2010, I have been involved with funded research and consultancy worth almost £1million.

  1. 2021 - 2023 Exploring Gender and Academic Leadership Development in Qatar. (with Dr Saba Mansoor and colleagues, Qatar University) funded by Qatar National Research Priorities Fund
  2. 2020-2022 Leading school learning through Covid-19 and beyond: Online learning and strategic planning through and post lockdown in English secondary schools (with Dr Jacqueline Baxter, Open University) funded by UK Research and Innovation (ESRC) 
  3. 2020 Reading Endowment Trust Fund Pump-Priming Funding (for External Grant Development) 
  4. 2017/2018 An evaluation of the Nxplorers Programme (Stage 2) funded by Shaping Learning
  5. 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 British Academy/Leverhulme Trust.
  6. 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.
  7. 2016 An evaluation of a 'sustainable leadership' capacity building programme for 14-19 year olds funded by Shaping Learning.
  8. 2016 Research Development Grant awarded by the Open University (to support involvement in external roles).
  9. 2014-2015 University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund Grant (to prepare a large scale, international research bid).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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Invited presentations and peer reviewed conference papers

  1. Floyd, A. (2019) Exploring notions of good academic leadership in challenging times Paper presented as part of a symposium: Creaton, J., Denney, F., Floyd, A., Gordon, C., Hulme, J., and Lock, D. Leadership in a Changing Landscape presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, 11-13th December
  2. Floyd, A. and Lindsay, H. (2018) Becoming a Researching Professional: EdD students’ perceptions and experiences of using the Researching Professional Development Framework. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, 5-7th December
  3. Floyd, A. (2018) Collaboration, partnership and individual endeavour: exploring pathways to research  Invited Keynote given at Oxford Brookes University Annual Research Conference.
  4. Floyd, A. and Woodfield, L. . (2018) Insider research ethics. Invited seminar given at Newman University, Birmingham.
  5. Floyd, A. (2018) Aspiring to lead in education: opportunities and challenges Invited seminar given at the Dutch International Schools Teachers’ Conference, International School of The Hague
  6. Floyd, A. and Preston, D. (2017) Leading without authority: the challenge of cross faculty leadership roles Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, 7-9th December
  7. Floyd, A. (2017) Insider Research Ethics and the Conduct of the Researcher. Invited seminar given at Newman University, Birmingham
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Floyd, A. and Fuller, C. (2012) Leadership development in a Small Island Developing State: the Jamaican context paper presented at BELMAS Annual Conference, Manchester.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Floyd, A. and Arthur, L. (2010) Researching from Within: Moral and Ethical Issues and Dilemmas presented at SRHE Annual Conference, Cardiff.
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. Floyd, A. (2008) Experiences of Academics who become HoDs in a UK University: Socialisation, Identity and Career Trajectory presented at SRHE Annual Conference, Liverpool
  31. 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
  32. Floyd, A. (2007) Career Trajectories of Academics who become Heads of Department - Initial Findings presented at Annual BERA Conference, University of London
  33. Floyd, A. (2006) Heading the Department: A need for Investigation presented at Annual BERA Conference, University of Warwick

Consultancy

As Project Lead:

  1. 2018 Dutch International Schools Conference, Invited Speaker
  2. 2015 Dutch International Schools Conference, Invited Speaker
  3. 2014 British Council and Vietnam National University (VNU) Ho Cho Minh: Leadership and Management Capacity Building Programme for Higher Education Leaders
  4. 2013 British Council and Vietnam National University (VNU) Hanoi: Leadership and Management Capacity Building Programme for Higher Education Leaders
  5. 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 a Visiting Professor in Educational Leadership at Newman University, Birmingham attached to the Newman Institute of Leadership in Education
  • I am on the Editorial Board for the Sage Journal Management in 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 have acted as an external grant reviewer for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC - UK), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  • I am a reviewer for the following journals: British Educational Research Journal, Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Education Sciences, Educational Management Administration and Leadership, European Management Review, Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Policy and Management, Higher Education Research and Development, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Journal of Education Administration and History, La Prensa Medica, Management in Education, Oxford Review of Education, Studies in Continuing Education, Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, Studies in Higher Education, Sustainability, Teaching and Teacher Education 
  • I was the co-convenor of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Post-16 Leadership and Management Research Interest Group This research group incorporated the Higher Education Research Interest Group, which I set up and ran from 2012-2015
  • I am a paper reviewer for the 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 Warwick (Masters programme) (2019-present)
  • 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 35 doctoral candidates at the following institutions: Birmingham University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Edge Hill University, the University of Exeter, the University of Gloucestershire, Middlesex University, the University of Reading, the Open University, the University of Wales, the University of Warwick, 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, the EdD Programme Director, and the Pathway Leader for all MA and doctoral leadership and management programmes in the Institute of Education (IoE). I am currently the Research Division Lead and a member of the IoE Senior Management Group.

Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • 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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