BiographyPeter Gilroy studied for a three year teacher’s certificate Primary/Secondary course, subsequently working as a secondary school teacher (teaching English, Mathematics and History amongst other subjects), whilst studying part-time for his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees at London University. He held lectureships at Clifton College, Manchester and Sheffield universities. In August 2001 he was appointed to the chair of education at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute of Education and then as Director of Research Development in October 2002, resigning in August 2008 to develop his research consultancy activity.
He is the executive editor of the international Journal of Education for Teaching, a member of the board of Mentoring and Coaching in Education and one of two UK representatives on the Japan/UK Education Forum. He is a member of the British Educational Research Association and the Standing Conference on Studies in Education.
Currently he holds the Jos Owens Chair of Education at Plymouth University and is Professor Emeritus at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
He has general interests in cross-cultural research, with a specific focus on the full range of continued professional development (for example, he was seconded to Singapore Polytechnic, where he established a new form of distance education related to the Polytechnic's staff development programme and a few years later was invited to be a consultant for Kuwait University reporting on ways in which the education department could improve their initial teacher education course). He has supervised and examined doctoral research students in a variety of areas to include nurse education, the continued professional development of a varied group of professionals, the nature of social change, chaos theory, Islamic education and the philosophy of education.
He has assisted university education departments preparing for their quality assurance agency subject review and acts as a consultant for a number of universities’ education RAE and REF submissions.
Writing fiction, walking and gardening.