Professor Roger Murphy
Director of Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Roger Murphy is a highly experienced educational researcher who has done much of his work in the field of educational assessment and evaluation. He is currently Director of the Centre for Developing and Evaluating Lifelong Learning and the Institute for Research into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. Professor Murphy is also Director of the Visual LearningLab, which is a HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In addition he is part of the Management Team for the Centre for Social Research in Health and Healthcare, which is an interdisciplinary research centre involving the Schools of Nursing, Community Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Sociology and Social Policy and Education.
Professor Murphy has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years. During that time he has been President of the British Educational Research Association, a member of the Education Panel for the National Research Assessment Exercise and Dean of Education and Head of the School of Education at the University of Nottingham.
Professor Murphy has two degrees in Psychology and is a qualified Primary School teacher. His research interests all fall within a broad area of educational research, assessment and evaluation, and he has undertaken over 100 major research projects relating to all phases of education, work based and lifelong learning. He is also the author of over 100 books and articles in scholarly academic journals.
He has wide experience of working closely with educational practitioners and policy makers, and has undertaken major consultancies in Hong Kong, Australia, Ghana, Oman and Malta.
He is a very experienced supervisor of MPhils and PhDs and has to date supervised 19 successful PhD theses.
In 2005 he received the Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning from the University of Nottingham.
My primary interests are in Educational Research, Assessment and Evaluation. Work in those fields has fired my interest in many spheres of formal and informal education and training. Currently I am… read more
My primary interests are in Educational Research, Assessment and Evaluation. Work in those fields has fired my interest in many spheres of formal and informal education and training. Currently I am Directing two Research Centres at the University of Nottingham.
Current Research Activities:
Roger Murphy is currently involved in a range of externally funded research projects:
Evaluating the Trailling and Piloting of Mathematics Qualifcations (QCA 2007 - 2010 £973,394)
Ways to Improve Written GCSE Exams (QCA 2007 £70,275)
Supervision of Research Students:
Roger Murphy acts as a supervisor for research students working for MPhil and PhD degrees in these areas: Innovations in educational assessment and their impact on learning; qualitative approaches to assessment, evaluation and research. He has extensive experience of MPhil/PhD supervision, and has successfully supervised 15 students through the award of their PhD's. The topics covered involve education in all phases - primary and secondary schools, further and higher education and lifelong learning. His students have come from all around the world (Ghana, Oman, Hong Kong, Iran, Malta, Greece, Italy, USE, Sri Lanka, Mauritus and South Africa.)
Recent Successful PhDs supervised:
Michael Buhagiar, 2006, Mathematics Teachers' Classroom Assessment Practices: A Case Study in a Maltese Sixth Form College
Mohsen Tavokol, 2005, The position of Communication Skills within Medical Education in Iran
Amal Albusaidi, 2003. Changing Assessment Practices in Omani Basic Education Schools: Stakeholders' Perceptions and Teachers' Practices of Formative Assessment.
Pat Bond, 2002. A Critical Analysis of the Preparation of Student Nurses for Inter-Professional Work.
Michelle Worth-Butler, 2001. Definitions of Midwifery Competence: Implications for Professional Learning.
Kennedy Quaigrain, 2001. The Practice of Continuous Assessment in the Universities of Ghana: A Case Study Evaluation.
R Cassius Lubisi, 2000. An Investigation into South African Mathematics Teachers Perceptions and Practices of Classroom Assessment.
Rebecca Nye, 1998. Psychological Perspectives on the Development of Children's Spirituality.
Diane Fraser, 1998. Evaluation of Assessment Strategies in Pre-Registration Midwifery Programmes