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Dr Simon Brownhill

Dr Simon Brownhill

Dr Simon Brownhill
BEd, MEd, EdD

Lecturer in Education

Area of research

Lecturer in Education (Teaching and Learning)

School of Education,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4102



Dr. Simon Brownhill FHEA is a Lecturer in Education (Teaching and Learning) at the School of Education, University of Bristol. He principally teaches on the MSc Education programme, serving as the Teaching and Learning Pathway Lead.

He was previously a Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, working in international contexts as part of the Education Reform and Innovation team. A former Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at the University of Derby, Simon taught on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate education-based courses, contributing heavily to the Initial Teacher Training programmes (BEd Primary and PGCE), and setting up and co-coordinating the PGCE 3-7 route for several years. Prior to working in Higher Education, Simon was a qualified primary school class teacher, gaining experience of teaching across the full 3-11 age range. He also worked as an Assistant Head teacher of the Early Years (3-6) in a large, culturally diverse, inner city primary school.

His varied research and writing interests include supporting adult learners, children’s writing, international perspectives on reflective practice, behaviour management, cultural diversity, children’s physical development (Practical Pre-School Gold award winner, 2009), and men in education (the focus of his doctoral study). He has published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals (Gender and EducationEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal) and with quality professional publishers (RoutledgeSage). Simon has also presented his research at international research conferences across the globe including Venice (as a ‘Best Presentation’ award winner) and Portugal and Indonesia (both as a Keynote speaker).


  • Gender - men in early years education Adult learning and training Children's writing Behaviour management (early years and primary)


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2010) Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Member of the Gender and Education Association (GEA) Member of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Special Interest Group: Gender Balance

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