Professor Uvanney Maylor

Professor of Education

Uvanney Maylor

Professor Uvanney Maylor is Director of the Institute for Research in Education at the University of Bedfordshire.

Prior to joining the University of Bedfordshire she was a Reader in Education at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education at London Metropolitan University, and Director of Multiverse (a professional resource network for initial teacher education).

From 2008-11 she was an elected member of the British Educational Research Association Executive Council. She was recently recruited onto the UK-wide Higher Education Funding Council for Education Research in Excellence Framework (2014) sub-panel for Education, and is an invited fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Research Interests

Uvanney is committed to educational equity, inclusion and social justice and is particularly interested in research that focuses on issues of 'race', ethnicity, racism and culture as they impact on educational practice and Black and minority ethnic student and staff experience, and identities.

Her work includes studies of schools, further and higher education, and initial teacher education. By bringing greater scrutiny to educational practice through research, her work seeks to positively impact on educational outcomes for minority ethnic groups and inform antiracist practice.

She has an extensive track record of successful research projects in the education and institutional experience of potentially marginalised and discriminated against groups (including staff and students in schools, further and higher education).

Recent Research Funding

  • 2010-2013 Bedford Charity Education Challenge Fund – 'Supporting Bedford schools bid writing and engagement in action research'
  • 2010 TDA - bid to extend Multiverse engagement with/development of resources for trainee teachers
  • 2009-2010 DCSF - 'Impact of supplementary schools on children's mainstream education'
  • 2009 Equality Challenge Unit – 'Experiences of BME staff in higher education'
  • 2007-2009 DfES - 'Evaluation of the Black Children's Achievement Programme'
  • 2006-2007 DfES - 'Diversity and Citizenship Curriculum Research Review'
  • 2005-2006 Greater London Authority – 'Black Teachers in London'

Current Work

Uvanney is currently working on a book entitled 'Teacher Training and the Education of Black Children: Bringing Color into Difference', to be published by Routledge, and an edited collection with Kalwant Bhopal, entitled 'Educational Inequalities: Difference and Diversity in Schools and Higher Education', also to be published by Routledge.

Editorial Boards

She is a member of the editorial advisory boards for the Journal for Critical Education Policy, and Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review.

Selected Publications

  • Maylor, U., Rose, A., Minty, S., Ross, A., Issa, T. & Kuyok, K. (forthcoming) Exploring the impact of supplementary schools on Black and Minority Ethnic pupils mainstream attainment, British Educational Research JournalMaylor, U. & Williams, K. (2011) Challenges in theorising the 'Black middle class': Education, experience and authenticity', Gender and Education, 23 (3):345-356
  • Maylor, U. (2010) Notions of diversity, British identities and citizenship belonging, Race, Ethnicity and Education. 13 (2):233-252.
    Maylor, U. (2010) Widening participation: A worthwhile strategy? In D. Weekes-Bernard (ed) Widening participation and race equality, Runnymede Perspectives Series, London: Runnymede, pp. 31-32, December.
  • Maylor, U. (2010) Recognising and including Black children primary schools and the curriculum, Race Equality Teaching (Special Issue: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice: Strategies for Inclusion) 29 (1): 14-18, Autumn.
  • Maylor, U. (2009) 'They do not relate to people like us': Black teachers as role models for Black pupils, Journal of Education Policy, 24 (1): 1-21.
  • Maylor, U. (2009) What is the meaning of Black?: Researching 'Black' respondents, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32 (2): 369 -387.
  • Maylor, U. (2009) Is it because I'm Black? A Black female research experience, Race, Ethnicity and Education (Special issue: 'Black feminisms and postcolonial paradigms: researching educational inequalities') 12 (1): 53–64. Also published in H. Mirza and C. Joseph (2010) (eds.) Black and postcolonial feminisms in new times, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 53-64.
  • Maylor, U. & Ross, A. (2009) Teacher education for multiple identities in Europe: A study (Special Issue: Social Science Tribune, (University of Thessaly, Greece), Vol. 14, Issue 55, 229-245, Summer.
  • Maylor, U. (2009) Policy context: New Labour, Social Inclusion and the Curriculum, in, D. Hill and L. Robertson (eds.) Equality in the Primary School. London & New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, pp. 41-53.
  • Smart, S., Hutchings, M., Maylor, U., Mendick, H. & Menter, I. (2009) Processes of middle-class reproduction in a graduate teacher employment scheme, Journal of Education and Work, 22 (1): 35-53.

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