The Core Team
Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester. Bill founded CRL with Guy Claxton in 2008.
In addition to his work with CRL, Bill is a member of the Health Foundation Improvement Science Development Group, an International Adviser for GEMS Education, Trustee of The English Project, and Chairman of TLO Ltd (publisher of Building Learning Power). He is also, with Philip Pullman, a Patron of the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford.
Bill is known internationally as a speaker on the subjects of learning, change, creativity, and leadership. He travels extensively to present key notes, most recently in Sydney, Philadelphia, Helskinki, Qatar, Melbourne, Auckland, Belfast, and Dubai. He is a prolific writer, and has authored and co-authored over forty books.
With Guy Claxton he is the creator of one of the biggest teacher researcher groups in the world: the Expansive Education Network.
For Bill's curriculum vitae click here.
Senior Researcher. Ellen joined CRL as a senior researcher in May 2010, having worked for a large financial services firm since completion of her MA and Ph.D at the University of Warwick in 2007. Ellen's Ph.D thesis examined the impact of government policy on capacity for improvement within schools.
Ellen is a former (primary), and current (secondary) school governor. At CRL, she has worked on a number of projects to date. Her latest piece is a follow-up to the 2012 report for City & GuildsHow to Teach Vocational Education: A theory of vocational pedagogy and explores the teaching and learning within apprenticeships.
She has an active role in the Expansive Education Network producing research digests for network members. She co-authored Expansive Education: Teaching learners for the real world with Bill and Guy.
Dr Janet Hanson
Researcher. Janet joined CRL in February 2013. She has undertaken research into the habits of mind of engineers for the work commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering and supported a college-wide action research project commissioned by Highlands College in Jersey. She also runs action research workshops and supports teachers undertaking their own action research inquiries through the Expansive Education Network community.
Janet completed her Doctorate at Bournemouth University in 2008. Before joining CRL, she led a research project into students' academic skills for Coventry University and worked as a higher education Policy Adviser with Universities UK.
Prior to that, she held teaching and leadership positions at Bournemouth University for many years, including the post of Head of Academic Services. During this time she led a post graduate teaching award for academic staff and introduced innovative services for students including an extra-curricular award and peer learning. For Janet's publications prior to joining CRL please see Bournemouth University Research Online.
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Professor Guy Claxton
Guy is former Research Director for the Centre for Real-World Learning, and is now Emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Winchester.
Professor Alice Kettle
Alice Kettle is an internationally renowned textile artist based in Winchester. She has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft medium, consistently and on an unparalleled scale. Her work, permanently installed in the Discovery Centre, is possibly the largest embroidery in the world. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester.
Professor José Chambers
José is Development Fellow for the Comino Foundation and an organisational consultant to a wide range of public sector organisations, including government departments and universities. In 2010, she retired from her role as Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Winchester. She was awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to Higher Education.