Edge Hill University has appointed inclusion expert Professor Jonathan Glazzard as its new head of children, education and communities.
Professor Glazzard began his career as a teacher at primary schools in Barnsley before becoming a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield in 2005. He then gained his professorship at Leeds Becket University before joining Edge Hill in October.
He was drawn to Edge Hill University by a shared passion for social justice, something the university has championed since it was founded as a teacher training college for women 135 years ago.
Professor Glazzard said: “I wanted the chance to lead a department and got really excited by Edge Hill’s focus on social justice, something that has always been at the heart of my work.
“I can’t wait to bring my ideas and knowledge to the University, especially about the need to improve inclusion and support the mental health and happiness of pupils.”
Professor Glazzard brings more than 25 years of teaching experience with him and is keen to put his experience to use by developing a new curriculum that addresses inclusion for the BAME community, LGBTQ+ pupils and children with disabilities.
He will also use his extensive research on the subject of mental health awareness in the education system. He firmly believes keeping track of the happiness of children in the same way as their attainment can improve standards in schools.