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Tony Bush

Professor of Educational Leadership, Faculty of Social Sciences



Tony Bush is Professor of Educational Leadership at Nottingham, with responsibilities in the UK and Malaysia. He is President and a Council member of the British Educational Leadership Society (BELMAS) and has been the editor of the SSCI-listed international journal, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership (EMAL) since 2002. His previous experience includes professorial appointments at the universities of Leicester, Reading, Lincoln and Warwick. He was presented with the BELMAS Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and appointed as a Fellow of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) in the same year. He has been a consultant, external examiner, invited keynote speaker or research director in 27 countries.

Expertise Summary

All aspects of educational leadership, including leadership theory, leadership development, instructional leadership, and comparative and international school leadership..

Teaching Summary

Educational leadership and management

Research Summary

1. School leadership theories and the Malaysia Education Blueprint (Ministry of Education, Malaysia)

2. Evaluation of Governor Mark (GLM Partnership)

3. Implementation of Educational Reform in Malaysia (HEAD Foundation)

4. Instructional leadership in sub-Saharan Africa (British Council)

5. Systematic literature review of school leadership in Africa (VVOB)

6. Evaluation of the Leading Learning for Gender Equality programme in Zaimbabwe (British Council).

Recent Publications

  • 2020. Theories of Educational Leadership and Management: Fifth Edition FIFTH. SAGE.
  • MASOUMEH KOUHSARI, 2020. Coming on board: Problems facing novice principals in Iran International Journal of Leadership in Education. (In Press.)
  • TONY BUSH, 2019. Distributed leadership and the Malaysia Education Blueprint: From prescription to partial school-based enactment in a highly centralized context Journal of Educational Administration. 57(3), 279-295

Tony is a member of the Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management. His research supervision areas include:

School leadership and management

Leadership preparation and development

Leadership theory

Instructional leadership

Diversity and school leadership

International and comparative school leadership

Past Research

** = Project Director

2013 Gauteng Department of Basic Education (£4,000)

Evaluation of School Improvement Agencies (MGSLG and Sci-Bono) **

High H

2013 National College (£4,950)

Desk research on School Leadership: Concepts and Evidence **

2013 University of Warwick (£12,000)

Evaluation of the Warwick in Africa programme **

2013 Zenex Foundation (£6,500)

Desk research on school leadership in South Africa **

2013 Zenex Foundation (£3,500)

Review of PSA (South Africa) leadership development programme **

2013 Unesco (£3,000)

Review of school leadership in West Africa **

2015-2016 Unesco (£3200)

Review of inclusion in Asia **

School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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