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University of Bristol – Professor Leon Tikly

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Access to an inclusive good quality education for all is crucial for realising sustainable livelihoods in prosperous, peaceful, diverse and democratic societies.

Unfortunately, millions of learners are still denied access to education across the globe, creating huge societal imbalances concerning prejudices based upon class, race, ethnicity, gender and disability. The University of Bristol chair works with policy makers, practitioners, community-based organisations and the research community in the global North and South to develop the capacity and leadership urgently required in order to ensure an inclusive good quality education for all.

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“The coronavirus pandemic has underlined the importance of UNESCO and of my UNESCO chair in ensuring an inclusive, good quality education for all.”

Professor Leon Tikly

UNESCO Chairs are based within Institutes for Higher Education and specialise in specific research fields. They provide policy advice to the UK National Commission for UNESCO and HM government, as well as reviewing UNESCO applications.

ABOUT THE CHAIR

Led by Professor Leon Tikly, the Chair is based in the Centre for International and Comparative Education (CIRE) at the University of Bristol. The work that they carry out involves collaboration with a vast network of international peers throughout South Africa, Rwanda, Somalia, India, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Netherlands. A key objective of the Chair is to undertake innovative research to increase access to a good quality education. Leon and his team have held successful capacity building and networking events in Bristol as well as in Rwanda on proposal writing, research methods and writing for publication.

The work of the Chair has focused on Higher Education in the UK and indeed within the University of Bristol itself. This has involved organising a university wide workshop and ongoing work on decolonising the curriculum with the aim of making higher education in Bristol and the UK more diverse and inclusive. It has also involved engaging our Southern partners in a highly successful workshop in January 2020 on the role of higher education in the climate emergency.

ABOUT THE CHAIR’S RESEARCH

They key focus of Professor Tikly’s research is education in low-income countries and in particular countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He also has a long established interest in the achievement of BAME learners at risk of underachieving in the United Kingdom and Europe. Research projects that he has undertaken as a result include evaluations of key government initiatives (such as the Aiming High: Raising Black Caribbean Achievement project) and on understanding the educational needs of mixed heritage learners.

The theoretical questions that underpin Leon’s work include ‘how do we conceptualise education for sustainable development as an aspect of the ‘postcolonial condition’ and ‘what is the impact of globalisation on the low income world’.

Professor Leon Tikly

Leon Tikly is Professor in Education at the University of Bristol and co-directs the Centre for International and Comparative Education (CIRE) in the School of Education. Initially starting his career as a science teacher, he has taught throughout London as well as abroad in Morocco and Tanzania.

Leon worked as a policy researcher at the Education Policy Unit, University of the Witwatersrand during the transition period between apartheid and democracy in South Africa. It was here that he drove the formulation of their new education policies on a national level.

Leon’s skills and experiences both within schools and as a policymaker means that he has a unique perspective and network of collaborators. He still teaches at postgraduate level on the Med (Master of Education), and regularly in Hong Kong as part of Bristol’s EdD Programme.

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University of Glasgow
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LATEST EVENTS AND RESEARCH PROJECTS

Read about some of the projects that Leon has played a crucial role within throughout his career.

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Throughout his extensive career, Leon has made vital contributions to the decolonisation of education across the globe.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Migrants Day 18.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 18 We celebrate the International Migrants Day on December 18. READ MORE BELOW MIGRANTS DAY Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nicola Fioravanti, UNESCO Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Persons with Disabilities 03.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 3 We celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. READ MORE BELOW DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nathan Anderson, Arisa Chattasa. The annual observance of the…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 29 We celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29. READ MORE BELOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE Photo credit, from top to bottom: Ahmed Abu Hameeda, Cole-Keister.…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 25 We celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. READ MORE BELOW END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Photo credit, from top to bottom: United Nations, Karl…
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“I’ve really enjoyed working with and learning from my partners and using the Chair to really make a difference both in our partner countries and in my own institution!”

Professor Leon Tikly

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