Professor Geoffrey Elliot


Professor of Post Compulsory Education


Contact Details

tel: 01905 855145

Geoffrey Elliott has taught in comprehensive schools, further, adult and higher education, and has undertaken a range of leadership roles during his career.  He is President of the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education, and serves on the Board of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. He edits the international peer reviewed journal Research in Post-Compulsory Education, and is currently Professor of Post-Compulsory Education at the University of Worcester specialising in education policy and lifelong learning.


  • BA (Hons)
  • English PGCE
  • MA Education
  • PhD

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Work based research
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Educational research

Research Interests

  • Work Based Research
  • Education and Social Change
  • Post-Compulsory Education

Professional Bodies

  • Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (President)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)



In Press. ‘College Based Higher Education: Provenance and prospects’. In Kadi-Hanifi, K. and J. Keenan (Eds.) College Based Higher Education: A new hope. An examination of the history, pedagogy, identities and purpose of higher education in the further education sector. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

In Press. The implications of academisation for English Sixth Form Colleges. Journal of Further and Higher Education, (with Jonathan Godfrey).

2019 - Widening participation, student identity and agentic capital in rural, coastal and dispersed communities in south-west England, Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 21 (1)

2018 - Widening higher education participation in rural communities in England: An anchor institution model. International Review of Education 64 (1) 65-84. DOI 10.1007/s11159-017-9696-4.

2018 -  Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study, London: Sage (with Karima Kadi-Hanifi and Carla Solvason)

2016 - Challenging assumptions about values, interests and power in further and higher education partnerships, Journal of Further and Higher Education, Published online 1 October 2015

2016 - ‘Merger Talk in Further Education: of whales and minnows, rhetoric and reality’, Chapter in Sai Loo (Ed) , Vocationalism in Further and Higher Education: Policy, programmes and pedagogy, Series: Routledge Research in Education. London: Routledge. pp.34-45.

2014 -  Chess, contest and English, The English Journal, 103 (3) 87-93 (with Samuel Elliott)

2012 - Doing Work Based Research: approaches to enquiry for insider researchers,  London: Sage, (with Carol Costley and Paul Gibbs)

2010 - Education and Social Change, London: Continuum, (Edited and two chapters with Chahid Fourali and Sally Issler)

External Roles

  • Office of the Independent Adjudicator, Board Member, Risk and Audit Committee Member
  • Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, Research Committee Member
  • AoC Scholarship Panel, Member
  • Association of Research in Post-Compulsory Education, Management Committee