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Qualifications: PhD, MBA, LLM, PFHEA

Paul Miller, PhD, is a Jamaican-born, British-academic and Professor of Educational Leadership & Management in the School of Education & Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield. Upon his appointment at the University of Huddersfield in 2016, Paul became the first black academic to be appointed to a Professorship in Educational Leadership & Management at a British university. 
An internationally respected academic, Paul is a Member of the Board of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM); where he is also a Member of the Publications Committee. He is a Member of Council of the British Educational Leadership Administration Society (BELMAS); where he is also Co-convenor of the Race & Leadership Research Interest Group. He is also President of the Institute for Educational Administration & Leadership- Jamaica (IEAL-J); where he is Convenor of the Leadership & Social Justice Research Interest Group.  He is also a member of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Technical Working Group on Educational Leadership & Teaching Innovation. 
He is on the board of several international peer reviewed journals and is currently co-editor for Power & Education (P&E) and Associate Editor for Educational Management Administration & Leadership (EMAL) and International Studies in Educational Administration (ISEA). 
He has substantial experience of Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance and has recently been or is currently Programme External Examiner for master's courses in education at: University of Sheffield; University of Suffolk; University of Nottingham; University of Leicester; University of Roehampton; Strathclyde University (Scotland).
He has been Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University; Reader in Education at Brunel University London and Professor of Educational Leadership & Management, at the University of Technology- Jamaica. He is a qualified secondary school teacher with teaching experience both in Jamaica and England (both inner and outer London). 
He has received an honorary doctorate in recognition of his research on teacher migration/overseas trained teachers in England, and his work on Corruption in Education in Jamaica and England has been included in UNESCO-IIEP’s database of research into Corruption in Education.  
He is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).  

Research and Scholarship

Current research interests 

Paul’s research spans the interaction between Educational Policy and the practice of School Leadership. In particular he is interested in Principal Decision-Making, Race & Leadership, Teacher Migration & Identity (Overseas Trained Teachers), Corruption in Education (Principal Selection and Teacher Progression), Cross-border approaches to teacher/ principal development; and Cross- Cultural/ Intercultural approaches to researching in educational leadership. 

He is series editor for “Intercultural Studies in Education” (Palgrave Macmillan) and editor of “Cultures of Educational Leadership: Global & Intercultural Perspectives” (October 2016) which brings together 35 contributors from 17 countries on 6 continents looking at “common issues” in educational leadership & management.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Miller, P (2017) ‘The Nature of School Leadership: Global Practice Perspectives’. In: Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 17 October 2017, University of Huddersfield

Miller, P. and Callender, C. (2017) ‘Black Leaders Matter: Agency, Progression and the Sustainability of BME School Leadership in EnglandJournal for Multicultural Education . ISSN 2053-535X


Miller, P (2016) ‘Cultures of Educational Leadership: Researching and Theorising Common Issues in Different World Contexts’. In: Cultures of Educational Leadership: Global and Intercultural Perspectives. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-24. ISBN 978-1-137-58566-0

Miller, P (2016) Cultures of Educational Leadership: Global and Intercultural Perspectives . London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-58566-0

Miller, P. and Wallder, S. (2016) ‘Protecting HIV-Positive Children in Jamaica: Exploring Policy, Practice and Institutional Responses’. In: Children and Young People Living with HIV/AIDS. London, UK: Springer. pp. 273-288. ISBN 978-3-319-29936-5

Miller, P (2016) ‘‘White sanction’, institutional, group & individual interaction in the promotion, progression of BME academics and teachers in EnglandPower and Education , 8 (3), pp. 205-221. ISSN 1757-7438

Miller, P (2016) ‘'White sanction, institutional, group and individual interaction in the promotion and progression of black and minority ethnic academics and teachers in EnglandPower and Education , 8 (3), pp. 205-221. ISSN 1757-7438

Miller, P (2016) ‘Caribbean Perspectives - Developing Successful and Effective School Leadership’. In: Successful School Leadership International Perspectives. London, UK: Bloomsbury. pp. 81-91. ISBN 9781472586377

Miller, P (2016) Exploring School Leadership in England and the Caribbean:New Insights from a Comparative Approach . London, UK: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781474251709


Miller, P (2014) ‘Editorial. Education for All in the Caribbean: promise, paradox and possibilityResearch in Comparative and International Education , 9 (1), pp. 1-3. ISSN 1745-4999


Miller, P (2012) ‘Editorial: The Changing Nature of Educational Leadership Caribbean and International PerspectivesJournal of the University College of the Cayman Islands (6), pp. 3-7.

Miller, P (2012) ‘Editorial. Migration and Education - Part 2Power and Education , 4 (2), p. 123. ISSN 1757-7438


Allen, S. and Miller, P. (2011) ‘Extending teacher professionalism: engagement with others through communities of practice’. In: First International Conference on Emerging Research, November, 2011, Middlesex University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Miller, P (2011) ‘Editorial. Migration and EducationPower and Education , 3 (3), p. 192. ISSN 1757-7438


Miller, P (2009) ‘Reconstructing teacher identities: shock, turbulence, resistance and adaptation in Caribbean teacher migration to EnglandEducation, Knowledge & Economy , 3 (2), pp. 97-105. ISSN 1749-6896

Miller, P (2009) ‘Professional lives under review: overseas trained teachers (OTTs) in secondary education in LondonLondon Digest , Spring (5).


Miller, P (2008) ‘Professional lives under review: evaluating the human capital impact of overseas trained teachers (OTTs) on secondary education in LondonEducate: the London journal of doctoral research in education , 8 (2), pp. 22-35. ISSN 1477-5557

Miller, P (2008) ‘Overseas trained teachers in England: towards a policy framework for professional and social integrationPolicy futures in education , 6 (3), pp. 280-285. ISSN 1478-2103

Miller, P (2008) ‘Degrading, devaluing and discounting: the qualifications of overseas trained teachers in EnglandPerspectives in Education , 26 (1), pp. 25-36. ISSN 0258-2236

Miller, P (2008) ‘Estimating the potential impact of HIV/AIDS on teacher supply and retention in the Caribbean’. In: Third Commonwealth Teachers' Research Symposium, 19-21 February 2008, Maputo, Mozambique

Miller, P (2008) ‘Migrant male and married: the experiences of a recruited teacher to the EU’. In: Third Commonwealth Teacher Research Symposium, 19-21 February 2008, Maputo, Mozambique

Miller, P (2008) ‘Downgrading and discounting the qualifications of migrant professionals in England: the case of overseas trained teachersEducation, Knowledge and Economy , 2 (1), pp. 15-25. ISSN 1749-690X

Miller, P., Ochs, K. and Mulvaney, G. (2008) ‘International teacher migration and the Commonwealth teacher recruitment protocol: assessing its impact and the implementation process in the UKEuropean Education , 40 (3), pp. 89-101. ISSN 1056-4934

Miller, P (2008) ‘Overseas trained teachers in England: social and professional integration?Professional Development Today , 10 (3), pp. 14-18. ISSN 1460-8340


Miller, P (2007) ‘Brain gain in England: how overseas trained teachers have enriched and sustained English educationPerspectives in Education , 25 (2), pp. 25-37. ISSN 0258-2236

Miller, P., Ochs, K. and Mulvaney, G. (2007) ‘The Commonwealth teacher recruitment potential: its impacts and implications for the global teaching professionResearch in Comparative and International Education , 2 (2), pp. 154-161. ISSN 1745-4999

Miller, P (2007) ‘UK OTTs and the qualifications conundrum’. In: Second Commonwealth Teacher Research Symposium, 21 March 2007, Woodstock House, Long Ditton, Surrey


Miller, P (2006) ‘Qualifications and the recruited teacher’. In: World Teachers’ Day Conference, 5 October 2006, Commonwealth Secretariat, London

Miller, P (2006) ‘Professional lives in transition: overseas trained teachers in EnglandCaribbean Journal of Education , 28 (2). ISSN 0376-7701

Miller, P (2006) ‘Overseas trained teachers in England: victims of change, vanguards of change’. In: Doctoral Research Summer Conference 2006, June 2006, Institute of Education, London , p. 84


Miller, P (1995) Africa the dark continent: fact or fiction? . Mandeville, Jamaica: Island Heart Publishers. ISBN 9789768138019


National Learned Societies 

2016: Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy 

2015: Council Member, British Educational Leadership Management Administration Society (BELMAS)

2014- present: Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

2008- present: Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies

2007- present: Member, London Centre for Leadership in Learning

2006- present: Fellow of the College of Teachers


International Learned Societies

2015: Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2012-present: President, Institute for Educational Administration & Leadership - Jamaica (IEAL-J)

2012- present: Board Member: Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM) 


Other International Work 

2005/2010       Commonwealth Secretariat
2012/2013       Jamaica Teaching Council  
2012/ 2013      Planning Institute of Jamaica 
2012/ongoing  National College for Educational Leadership, Jamaica  
2016/ongoing  International University of Management, Namibia 

Research Degree Supervision

Paul has taught on PhD and EdD programmes in universities in Jamaica and England. He has also successfully supervised doctoral students through to completion both in Jamaica and England.

He is interested in and would welcome opportunities to supervise students in the areas of: school leadership; principals decision-making; race & leadership; teacher progression; teacher migration & identity; intercultural/ cross-cultural collaboration and approaches to CPD and Corruption in Education.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Professor Paul Miller



Enterprise Activities

Between 2012 and 2014 Paul led two very successful cross-border experiential “Teacher CPD across- borders” projects which saw Jamaican teachers/ school leaders spending three weeks in UK schools and UK teachers, students and school leaders spending 10 days in Jamaican schools. Funding for these cross-cultural projects was provided jointly by: the University of Technology Jamaica; the Institute for Educational Adminstration & Leadership- Jamaica (IEAL-J); Bay House Academy & Sixth Form (Hampshire); and the British Educational Leaderhip Management Adminstration Society (BELMAS).

Between 2012 and 2014, Paul also led follow-on research projects into into "Corruption in Education", in relation to the progression of teachers to leadership roles. The first project examined teacher progression in Jamaica, the results of which led to policy shifts in the Ministry of Education regarding the appointment/ selction of principals. 

The second project examined BME teacher progression in England, adding to ongoing debates in this area. 

The report from the first phase, “The Politics of Progression: Primary teachers’ perceived barriers to gaining a Principalship in Jamaica” and a book chapter from the second phase, “Becoming a Principal: Exploring Perceived Discriminatory Practices in the Appointment and Selection of Principals in Jamaica and England” are included in the UNESCO-IIEP’s data-base of research on Corruption in Education:  http://etico.iiep.unesco.org/resources/resource-base/

Paul is currently exploring different funding streams for research projects on Principal’s Decision-Making; Overseas Trained Teachers in England, Race & Leadership: [a] principal selection/ appointment [b] the experiences of BME school principals in England. 

Teaching and Professional Activities

Paul will be contributing to the following M-Level Modules:

Term 1

1. Developing Effective Leadership

2. Managing Learning and Development in Organisations

Term 2

1. Cross-Cultural Learning