Professor Geoffrey Elliot

Geoffrey Elliott

Professor of Post Compulsory Education


Contact Details


Geoffrey has worked at the University for 25 years, with responsibility for a number of areas including Access and Widening Participation, Lifelong Learning, Research and Knowledge Transfer. His research interests and published outputs include work on the student learning experience, ethics in education, impacts of education policy in the UK, and college based higher education. Before joining the University he worked as a teacher in schools, further education and adult education as well as spells with the University of East London and as a Communications and Training Consultant.

At Worcester Geoffrey has held Executive roles with responsibility for widening participation, regional engagement and educational partnerships, and chaired the Research Degrees Board for five years. He is chair of the UK Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education, and has been Editor-in-Chief of the international peer refereed journal Research in Post-Compulsory Education since its launch in 1995. He is an accredited mediator and has been closely involved in community and educational projects in London and the West Midlands over the last 40 years.

As part of his role as Professor of Post-Compulsory Education, Geoffrey mentors a number of colleagues across the university, with a particular focus on research support and publication. In the last two years he has acted as a consultant to the University of Sunderland, actively supporting colleagues in the School of Education to develop their research profile, especially in relation to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

Geoffrey is one of the longest serving editors of an international peer-reviewed journal in the field of education, the Taylor & Francis Journal of Research in Post-Compulsory Education, which he proposed and established in 1995. The journal is now formally linked with the UK Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education, which Geoffrey has chaired for twelve years.

As well as contributing to the School of Education’s Masters and Doctoral programmes, he has run specialist workshops in research methods for the Graduate School, ranging from work-based learning to participant observation and academic writing. Much of this work has now been captured in a book he has co-authored for the Sage Research Methods series, titled: Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study.


  • BA Hons, University of Lancaster, English
  • PGCE, University of Oxford, English
  • MA, University of Lancaster, Educational Research
  • EdD, University of Bristol. (Thesis: Policy and Practice in Further Education: Managing the process of change)
  • FHEA (2012)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Institutions and social policy
  • Leadership and management
  • Work-based learning

Research Interests

  • Ethics in Education
  • Education and social change
  • Post-compulsory education

Professional Bodies

  • Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (National Chair)
  • British Educational Research Association (Member)
  • Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)



Recent journal articles

Solvason, C., Elliott, G. and Cunliffe, H. (2022) Preparing students for the moral responsibility of early years education. Journal of Education for Teaching, 48 (2)

2020 The implications of academisation for English Sixth Form Colleges. Journal of Further and Higher Education, (with Jonathan Godfrey) In Press.

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) 117-138 DOI 10.5456/WPLL.21.1.117

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.

2017 Challenging assumptions about values, interests and power in further and higher education partnerships, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 41 (2) 143-154

Recent books and chapters


Forthcoming. Ethics in Education: Contemporary perspectives on research, pedagogy and leadership. London: Ethics International Press (Edited with Carla Solvason).

2020. ‘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.

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

2017 ‘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. pp34-45.

External Roles

Office of the Independent Adjudicator, Board Member, Risk and Audit Committee

British Academy / Royal Society, Joint Academies Working Group on Research in FE 14-19