About me and contact details….



Professor David Spendlove

University of Manchester


Selected Activities:

  • Professor of Education;
  • Director of Teaching, Learning and Students in the School of Environment, Education and Development;
  • Strategic lead for ITE; Executive Teach First  NW PGDE;
  • Previously Head of Initial Teacher Education;
  • Previously Senior lecturer;
  • Regional Chair of  NW4 and national member of DfE national advisory group for Initial Teacher Training;
  • Outstanding Contribution to D&TA Award;
  • Contributor (e.g. co-editor, editorial board member, reviewer) for an extensive range of national and international journals and conferences;
  • Invited international research keynotes (UK, Norway, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, etc);
  • Fellowship (FGTEP), Learning Teaching Award (John Moores University);
  • External examiner (most recently Bristol University, Glasgow University, Exeter University, Cambridge University, Waikato University (NZ)), Ofsted Additional Inspector (ITE);
  • Consultant to government agencies;
  • Author of evaluations, research reports, editorials, books, ‘Thinkpieces’, academic papers, etc;
  • Research presented UK (BERA), Australia (TERC), India (epiSTEME), France,  Israel, New Zealand (PATT),USA (AERA), Canada (T&LC), Hong Kong, Finland (ECER), China;
  • Media work includes BBC Breakfast, BBC radio, writing for the Times Educational Supplement, Teachers TV.


I have held senior positions in leading institutions in both the School and University sectors. My primary interests have been in teaching, learning and assessment and for the last seventeen years I have worked specifically in teacher education and preparation.

Since moving into Higher Education in 2000 my work has involved development of both policy and practice in a variety of areas including design and technology education, teacher development and creative education.

I have given a range of national and international keynote presentations as well as presenting extensive CPD in a range of areas including creativity, assessment, emotional literacy, teaching and learning, etc. In 2013 I received a D&TA “Outstanding Contribution’ Award for my work in research, publishing and ITE.

Research: My research is located primarily in examining the role of the teacher and teacher education. This includes examining the nature of teacher training and the emerging professionalism of trainee teachers. My research also examines constraints and development of ‘everyday’ creativity  and decision making and draws extensively upon psychology, philosophy and emotion theory. My Ph.D drew upon a range of theories including activity theory, grounded theory and critical theory whilst data collection and analysis have included case studies, Q methodology, action research,  surveys, ethnographic approaches, field notes and focus groups interviews.

Central to my work is the development of learning through high quality teaching and the development of local, national and international policy and practice in a variety of areas notably teacher education and technology education.