Improving Educational Policy Decisions

July 24, 2020 - July 28, 2020
PESGB and Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University
United Kingdom

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The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and Liverpool Hope University (LHU) will be providing for a postgraduate cohort to attend a Summer School and Spring Conference on Educational Decision Making, led by Professors Brighouse, Loeb and Swift.

During the first event, the Summer School at Hope Park, Liverpool (24-28 July 2020), participants will attend classes exploring and applying the educational decision making framework defended in the lead tutors’ book, Educational Goods: Values, Evidence, and Decision-Making. Seminar sessions will be based on readings selected and distributed in advance. There will be plenty of opportunities for socializing and some sightseeing.

At the second event, the Spring Conference at New College, Oxford (23-25 March 2021), participants will present draft papers developed since the first event with the aim of submission to the PESGB’s Journal of Philosophy of Education (publication is not guaranteed and will depend on successful peer review). Participants will then attend the PESGB’s annual meeting at New College immediately afterwards (26-28 March 2021). Participants must commit to attending both events and to working towards submitting a paper. Students will be assigned tutors to provide individualised career and research mentoring advice.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for outstanding postgraduate students from around the world to engage with world renowned philosophers of education on two beautiful university campuses in historic and vibrant English cities.


Each event will be fully funded (including meals, accommodation and conference registration);

Participants will be responsible for booking their own travel;

Participants may be responsible for financing their own travel – we will know whether funds to support international travel are available by late April;

Otherwise bursaries may be available to enable travel within the UK for students in (demonstrable) financial hardship;

If successful, applicants must pay for society membership (£12).


The PESGB welcomes all participants including those with disabilities. The events will be held in in spaces with wheelchair access and hearing loops. If you have any questions about these facilities or want to discuss your individual accessibility, please email [email protected] for further details.



  1. One sample of academic work or a research outline (PhD students only)
  2. A CV (maximum 2 sides A4)
  3. A letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor
  4. A letter explaining why you would like to attend the Summer School (maximum 1 side A4)

Applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled on a postgraduate course, or engaged in postgraduate research, in any discipline.
  2. Commit to attending both events and to working towards submitting a paper,
  3. Be able and willing ability to work collaboratively.

Submit application materials to [email protected]  by 5pm on Friday 17 April 2020.

Decisions will be communicated by May 1.

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April 17, 2020, 5:00am BST

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