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The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain: Yorkshire Branch


​Leeds Trinity University is pleased to announce the revival of the local branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. The Society has had a long and successful relationship with the University, including sponsoring PhD fees for some students.

What's happening?

From September 2019 to May 2020, a series of eight evening talks will be taking place on campus and we would love you to join us. The talks have been designed to encourage new voices to contribute to the programme, and to act as a friendly space in which colleagues and students can take their first steps in speaking at academic events.

Each evening will start with one or two short presentations (up to 10 minutes), which can be 'think pieces', or 'provocations', or might be outlines of planned research, reports from conferences, or explorations of puzzling ideas or theories that speakers are wrestling with in their work. After a short break (refreshments will be provided!) we will then have a presentation of around half an hour from a more experienced speaker.


Wednesday 13 November 5.00 – 7.00pm 

Speaker: Dr Alexis Gibbs, University of Winchester: 'What is education? Thoughts out of Cinema.' This is the second in a series of eight PESGB events at Leeds Trinity University. For details of further sessions, please see below.


Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5HD Room LC1-29A (Andrew Kean Learning Centre)

How can I book?

To book your place for any of the above sessions, please click here and enter your details on the Eventbrite page.

Further information

If you have any further queries, please email Naziya O'Reilly.

Future dates:

  • Wednesday 11 December – Dr Anne Pirrie, University of the West of Scotland: 'Venturing from Home: Writing (and Teaching) as Creative-Relational Inquiry for Alternative Educational Futures.'
  • Wednesday 15 January – Aimee Quickfall, Bishop Grosseteste University, 'Philosophy in Primary and Early Years Education: What Teacher Trainees and Children Think about Thinking in the Curriculum.
  • Wednesday 12 February – Dr David Rudrum, University of Huddersfield:  'Teaching Literature and Censorship in the 21st Century: Requiem for a Module That Never Was.'
  • Wednesday 11 March – Dr Penny Lawrence, University of Roehampton: 'Buber in the Streets: Dialogues with Environments.'
  • Wednesday 13 May – Ed Podesta, Leeds Trinity University, 'Teachers – Curriculum Agents, or Agents of the Curriculum?'

Mission statement:

PESGB West Yorkshire aims to promote the advancement and teaching of Philosophy of Education, and develop its relationship with school practitioners. Our events offer a space for academics, teachers and students to engage in Philosophy of Education, perhaps taking their first steps in speaking, presenting arguments and ideas. You do not need to have a background in philosophy to take part; simply an interest in lively discussion and debate.