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Education PhD thesis wins British Educational Research Association (BERA) prize 2016

8 August 2016

Dr Steven J. Courtney, lecturer in the Manchester Institute of Education is the recipient of three major prizes for his PhD awarded in December 2015.


  • The American Educational Research Association Division A 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • The British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society Thesis Award 2016
  • The British Educational Research Association Doctoral Thesis Award 2016


The thesis is entitled: Investigating school leadership at a time of system diversity, competition and flux.

The research illuminates understandings of the contemporary neoliberal and neoconservative policy landscape in education. It does this through exploring the leadership of discursively significant school types within an original intellectual mapping of the increasingly and purposively diversified education provision in England.

The thesis was submitted under the University of Manchester regulations for Alternative Format, and consists of six outputs, which at the time of award five were published.

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