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Prof Dominic Wyse
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 7612 6416
  • Professor in Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Dominic is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). He is President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA), and the Founding Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years) (HHCP). Dominic is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Prior to a role at the IOE as Head of Academic Department Learning and Leadership from 2012 to 2019 Dominic was Faculty Director of Research, Consultancy and Knowledge Transfer, in the Faculty of Children and Learning. 

Dominic has significant experience in music that began with his undergraduate studies at The Royal Academy of Music. Before joining the IOE Dominic was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He was also appointed as the first Director of Music-Making at Churchill College Cambridge, where he was a Fellow and Director of Studies for Education. In the past Dominic was a Reader at Liverpool John Moores University, and a teacher with experience working in London, Bradford and Huddersfield in infant and junior phases.

Research Summary

The main focus of Dominic’s research is curriculum and pedagogy. Key areas of work are the teaching of writing, reading and creativity. Dominic has extensive experience of funded research projects which he has disseminated in numerous peer-reviewed research journal articles and books. Dominic's recent major contribution is published in his book How Writing Works: From the Invention of the Alphabet to the Rise of Social Media (Cambridge University Press). Other publications include major international research volumes for which he is the lead editor e.g. The The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research and The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment), and bestselling books for students, teachers and educators e.g. Teaching English, Language and Literacy – 4th Edition (Routledge); and The Good Writing Guide for Education Students 4th Edition (SAGE). He has been an editor, and on the editorial board, of internationally recognised research journals. For six years Dominic was one of the editors of the BERA Curriculum Journal.

Teaching Summary

Dominic’s main teaching is supervision of PhDs. He is not taking new doctoral students at the present time due to being up to capacity.

He also undertakes teaching for Master’s programmes in the areas of research methodology and topics related to his research interests. 

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