Dr Paul Adams

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Born and raised in the West Midlands, Paul undertook his initial teacher education at the University of Warwick. He then taught a range of subjects and pupils in a Hertfordshire middle school. During his final three years at the school he acted as PSE coordinator.

In the academic year 1998 to 1999 Paul undertook a Masters degree in Health Education and Health Promotion at King’s College, London. For his dissertation he researched primary school teachers’ views of empowerment as a methodology for drugs education.

Following his MSc he worked for Northumberland’s Health Action Zone and LEA as Advisory Teacher (Health Issues) where he was part of the team that developed the county’s Healthy Schools Programme. While there he secured funding for a number of small-scale, professional development research projects in the area of education for personal and social development.

In 2001 Paul moved to Newman College of Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Professional Studies, where he taught on a variety of ITE and non-ITE courses. He joined the University of Hull in January 2006. Whilst there he led the undergraduate programmes in Education Studies and was a member of the Faculty Academic Approvals Committee (AAC). He was chair of the Faculty Ethics Committee and led the research group, Leadership, Policy and Theory.

Paul joined the University on 1st January 2014 as Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy Policy. Since joining the University he has been a member of the School Ethics Committee (2015 to 2017) and Director of PGT (2015 to 2019).


Towards initial teacher education quality : epistemological considerations
Adams Paul, McLennan Carrie
Educational Philosophy and Theory (2020)
A sustainable workforce through Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
Carver Mark, Adams Paul
Sustainability and ethics in teacher education and education policy (2020)
Teacher professional learning and professional update in Scotland
Adams Paul, Mann Kirsten
Education 3-13 (2020)
Towards initial teacher education quality
Adams Paul
Nordic Education Research Association (NERA) Conference (2020)
The Donaldson Report, partnership and teacher education
Beck Anna, Adams Paul
Teacher Preparation in Scotland (2020) (2020)
Looking within : problematising visions of quality in Initial Teacher Education
Adams Paul
Scottish Educational Research Association 44th Annual Conference, 2019 (2019)

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Research interests

Paul's doctoral study was a Social Constructivist/Social Constructionist theoretcial exposition of policy discourses under the auspices of New Labour. In his publications he explored the epistemological position for contemporary policy which culminated in a new perspective on educational policy-making: policy as positioning.

From 2007 to 2009 Paul was a member of the Evaluation team for  Shape-Up4 a pan-European project concerned with nutrition and movement.

Paul wass a member of the Executive Council for the Association for the Study of Primary Education5 (ASPE) from 2011 to 2015 and is currently a member of the Editorial Board for the Peer Reviewed Journal Education 3 to 13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education6.

Paul’s broad research areas are in the policy and politics of education all under the broad banner of social and educational inclusion. He favours a social constructionist approach to studying education and related issues. Paul's current research is primarily theoretical in orientation, although he does undertake empirical work as well. His current work centres on conceptual matters relating to becoming a teacher, education policy and the limits of truth, and Scottish education policy developments. He is currently co-PI (with Dr Aileen Kennedy, University of Edinburgh) for a Scottish Government funded project Meauring Quality in Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE). This project is due to run from 2017 to 2022.

Paul welcomes PhD enquiries from anyone interested in education policy, professional development, post-truth thinking, care and education and related matters.

Professional activities

Identifying the Role of Culture and Power in Private Sector Early Childhood Educational Institutions in China
What should ITE seek to achieve and what should it be for?
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (External organisation)
Universal Individuals: National Education in a Globalised Age
Oslo Metropolitan University
Visiting researcher
Research in the Education policy and Education Practice nexus
Invited speaker

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Development of collaboration between The School of Education, Strathclyde University and The Education University of Hong Kong
Adams, Paul (Principal Investigator) Kenklies, Karsten (Principal Investigator) Lewin, David (Principal Investigator)
Faculty and School funding to develop further collaborative links with EduHK
Global Engagements Fund Collaborative Visit to The Education Univerrsity of Hong Kong
Adams, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Sharon (Principal Investigator) Kenklies, Karsten (Co-investigator) Lewin, David (Co-investigator)
Visit by four members of The School of Education, Strathclyde University to the Department for Policy and Leadership, The Education University of Hong Kong
Measuring Quality in Initial Teacher Education (MQuITE):
Adams, Paul (Principal Investigator) Beck, Anna (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020
The place and role for care in primary education in the twenty-first century
Adams, Paul (Principal Investigator)
Production of a peer rebiew paper and a conference presentation
01-Jan-2010 - 01-Jan-2011
The Views of Black and Minority Ethnic Young People about Citizenship and the Implications of this for the Citizenship Initial Teacher Training Curriculum
Adams, Paul (CoI)
An investigation into the views of The BME community on citizenship and how this might influence the ITE citizenship curriculum
01-Jan-2005 - 01-Jan-2007
Proactive and engaging methods for Sex and Relationships Education
Adams, Paul (Principal Investigator)
Knowledge exchange project with a school cluster in Nothumberland to deliver new and innovative drama-based methods for teaching Sex and Relationships Education
01-Jan-2000 - 01-Jan-2001

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