Portrait of Professor Kevin Orr Professor Kevin Orr

k.orr@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478296


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Biography

Qualifications: BA (Joint Hons), PGCE, Dip. TEFLA, MSc, MA, PhD, FHEA

I am Professor of Work and Learning and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Huddersfield where I have worked since 2006. Prior to joining the University I taught in Further Education (FE) colleges for sixteen years, mainly on ESOL and teacher education provision. I still maintain a keen interest in FE and I am currently leading a three-year national research project on initial teacher education for science, engineering and technology teachers working in colleges. This major project is funded by the Gatsby Foundation.

My first degree was in History and French from the University of Manchester and I later went on to study for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and the Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. I completed an MA by research at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, which examined the impact of policy on FE teaching practice. In November 2009 I was awarded a PhD for my thesis entitled College Cultures and Pre-Service Trainee Teachers: a study in the creation and transmission of ideas about teaching. In 2015 I completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester.

In 2014 the Higher Education Academy awarded me with a National Teaching Fellowship for my work around vocational education.

I am currently visiting professor at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Research and Scholarship

  • Vocational education and training
  • Teacher education and professional development in the Further Education sector
  • Vocational pedagogy
  • College-based higher education
  • The work-based learning of architects
  • Quantitative research methods in educational research

Awarded a National Teaching Fellowship grant of £10,000 to investigate work-related learning, specifically in Australia and the U.S.

I am principal investigator on a £350k three-year project (2015-2018) funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to research, implement and assess an intervention around the training of science, engineering and technology teachers in Further Education.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Orr, K., Hanley, P., Hepworth, J. and Thompson, R. (2017) ‘Improving Pedagogy in Vocational Teaching’. In: JVET Conference, 7-9 July 2017, Worcester College, Oxford

Avis, J., Orr, K. and Warmington, P. (2017) ‘Race, ‘Warehousing’ and Vocational Education and Training’. In: WISERD Annual Conference 2017, 5th-6th July, University of Bangor, UK

Avis, J., Orr, K. and Warmington, P. (2017) ‘Race and vocational education and training in EnglandJournal of vocational education and training , 69 (3), pp. 292-310. ISSN 1363-6820

2016

Orr, K (2016) ‘College-based Higher Education in England: Who is it for? What is it for?’. In: SRHE Annual Conference, 13-15 December 2016, Celtic Manor, Wales

Orr, K (2016) ‘The filling in the educational sandwich: post compulsory education’. In: Post Compulsory Teacher Educators. St Albans: Critical Publishing. pp. 16-23. ISBN 978-1-910391-86-0

Avis, J., Orr, K. and Warmington, P. (2016) ‘Race, ‘Warehousing’ and Vocational Education and Training: a European Issue?’. In: ECER 2016 Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers, 22nd - 26th August 2016, University College Dublin

Orr, K (2016) ‘Position paper: Teachers, learning and pedagogy’. In: LSRN Workshop: The future of technical and professional education and training: Joining up the dots, 12th May 2016, London

Avis, J. and Orr, K. (2016) ‘HE in FE: Vocationalism, Class and Social JusticeResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 21 (1-2), pp. 49-65. ISSN 1359-6748

2015

Gao, Y. and Orr, K. (2015) ‘Architectural students’ year-out training experience in architectural of?ces in the UKarq: Architectural Research Quarterly , 19 (2), pp. 175-182. ISSN 1359-1355

Orr, K (2015) ‘Widening Participation, Social Mobility and Higher Education in Further Education Colleges’. In: BERA Annual Conference 2015, 13th - 15th September 2015, Queen's University Belfast

Orr, K. and Gao, Y. (2015) ‘The enduring influence of the studio: how architects and architectural organizations in England are learning’. In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 7 to 11 September 2015, Budapest, Hungary

Orr, K (2015) ‘The gap between Widening Participation and Social Mobility: the case of Higher Education provision in English Further Education colleges’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training Conference 2015, 3rd - 5th July 2015, Worcester College, Oxford, UK

Gao, Y. and Orr, K. (2015) ‘Architectural students' year-out training experience in architectal offices in the UKarq: Architectural Research Quarterly , 19 (02), pp. 175-182. ISSN 1359-1355

Graystone, J., Orr, K. and Wye, R. (2015) ‘Governance and governors’. In: The Coming of Age for FE? Reflections on the past and future role of further education colleges in England. : Institute of Education Press. . ISBN 9781782771234

Gao, Y. and Orr, K. (2015) ‘Architectural students' year-out training experience in architectural offices in the UKarq: Architectural Research Quarterly , 19 (2), pp. 175-182. ISSN 1359-1355

Daley, M., Orr, K. and Petrie, J. (2015) Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses . London, UK: IOE Press. ISBN 978-1-85856-640-5

Avis, J., Orr, K. and Tummons, J. (2015) ‘Theorizing the work-based learning of teachers’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning : a guide to theory and practice. : Open University Press. . ISBN 9780335263325

Avis, J. and Orr, K. (2015) ‘Theory and practice’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning : a guide to theory and practice. : Open University Press. . ISBN 9780335263325

Avis, J., Dalton, J., Dixon, L., Jennings, A., Orr, K. and Tummons, J. (2015) ‘Getting to know the organization’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning : a guide to theory and practice. : Open University Press. . ISBN 9780335263325

McLay, M., Mycroft, L., Noel, P., Orr, K., Thompson, R., Tummons, J. and Weatherby, J. (2015) ‘Learning and learners’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning : a guide to theory and practice. : Open University Press. . ISBN 9780335263325

2014

Orr, K., Wormald, J. and Lavender, K. (2014) ‘Reflective Practice and CPD’. In: Learning, Teaching and Development: Strategies for Action. : SAGE. pp. 213-237. ISBN 978-1446282120

Orr, K (2014) ‘Higher Education in Further Education and its impact on social mobility in England’. In: Society for Research in Higher Education, Post-Compulsory and Higher Education Network, 6th November 2014, SRHE, London, UK

Orr, K., Wormald, J. and Lavender, K. (2014) ‘Reflective Practice and CPD’. In: Learning, Teaching and Development: Strategies for Action. : Sage. pp. 213-237. ISBN 978-1446282120

Orr, K. and Reynolds, C. (2014) ‘Advice, guidance and “the overlooked middle” in English secondary education’. In: European Conference on Educational Research ECER 2014, 1-5 September 2014, Porto, Portugal

Avis, J. and Orr, K. (2014) ‘The New Professionalism: An Exploration of Vocational Education and Training Teachers in England’. In: International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning. : Springer. pp. 1099-1124. ISBN 978-94-017-8902-8

Orr, K (2014) ‘Inequality, advice and guidance for young people in England, paper in British Educational Research Association (BERA) Keynote Symposium: Youth Transitions in Troubled Times: NEETS, Vocational Education and Decision Making’. In: BERA annual Conference, 23rd-25th September 2014, Institute of Education, London

Orr, K (2014) ‘What’s going on? An overview of current research on vocational pedagogy(Keynote lecture)’. In: Consortium for Post-Compulsory Education and Training annual conference,, 27 June 2014, University of Huddersfield, UK

2013

Orr, K (2013) ‘Cultures, colleges and the development of ideas about teaching in English Further EducationResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 18 (4), pp. 377-388. ISSN 1359-6748

Orr, K. and Walker, M. (2013) ‘Teacher training for England’s lifelong learning sector in changing times – symposium’. In: BERA Conference 2013, 3rd - 5th September 2013, Brighton, UK

Orr, K. and Robinson, D. (2013) ‘What is vocational pedagogy and who is it for?’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training 10th International Conference, 5th-7th July 2013, Worcester College, Oxford

Orr, K. and Gao, Y. (2013) ‘Becoming an architect: the role of work-based learning in architect training.Vocations and Learning , 6 (2), pp. 221-235. ISSN 1874-785X

Tummons, J., Orr, K. and Atkins, L. (2013) Teaching Higher Education Courses in Further Education Colleges . : Learning Matters. ISBN 9781446267479

Orr, K (2013) ‘What is an educated 19 year-old today and who decides?’. In: Public Lecture hosted at Barnsley Campus, University of Huddersfield, 10th April 2013, Barnsley University Campus

Iredale, A., Orr, K., Bailey, W. and Wormald, J. (2013) ‘Confidence, risk, and the journey into praxis: work-based learning and teacher developmentJournal of Education for Teaching , 39 (2), pp. 197-208. ISSN 0260-7476

2012

Orr, K (2012) ‘Professionalism and performativity in the English Further Education sector: three longitudinal case studies’. In: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2012, 4 - 6 September, 2012, University of Manchester

Orr, K (2012) ‘The end of ‘strategic compliance’? The impact of performativity on teachers in the English Further Education sector.’. In: Performativity in the UK Education System: Theory, Policy and Practice. London, UK: E and E Publishing. pp. 199-216. ISBN 9780956900715

Orr, K (2012) ‘Coping, Confidence and Alienation: the early experience of trainee teachers in English FEJournal of Education for Teaching , 38 (1), pp. 51-65. ISSN 0260-7476

2011

Orr, K. and Gao, Y. (2011) ‘Becoming an Architect: the role of work-based learning in architect training’. In: 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, December 4 - 7, 2011, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Orr, K. and Jameson, J. (2011) ‘Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning: Overview of Research FieldResearch Intelligence (115), pp. 20-20.

Orr, K (2011) ‘The end of ‘strategic compliance’? Practice and professionalism in the English Further Education sector’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training conference, 8-10 July 2011, Worcester College, Oxford

Iredale, A., Bailey, W., Orr, K. and Wormald, J. (2011) ‘Confidence, risk, and the journey into praxis: work-based learning and the teacher education curriculum’. In: The Important Role of Higher Education in Teacher Education, 20th May 2011, Manchester Conference Centre , p. 22

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘A Restricted ‘Apprenticeship’: The Work-Based Learning of Trainee Teachers in English Colleges of Further Education’. In: American Educational Research Association Conference, April 8-12 2011, New Orleans

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘Restrictive Practice: The Work-Based Learning Experience of Trainee Teachers in English Further Education CollegesJournal of Workplace Learning , 23 (4), pp. 243-257. ISSN 1366-5626

2010

Dixon, L., Jennings, A., Orr, K. and Tummons, J. (2010) ‘Dominant discourses of pre-service teacher education and the exigencies of the workplace: an ethnographic study from English further educationJournal of vocational education and training , 62 (4), pp. 381-393. ISSN 1363-6820

Orr, K (2010) ‘Cultures and Colleges: the creation and transmission of ideas about teaching in Further Education’. In: BERA conference, 1-4th September 2010, The University of Warwick

Orr, K (2010) ‘The entry of 14-16-year-old students into colleges: implications for further education initial teacher training in EnglandJournal of Further and Higher Education , 34 (1), pp. 47-57. ISSN 0309-877X

McLay, M., Mycroft, L., Noel, P., Orr, K., Thompson, R., Tummons, J. and Weatherby, J. (2010) ‘Teaching in the lifelong learning sector’. In: Teaching in Lifelong Learning. Milton Keynes: Open University Press. pp. 77-102. ISBN 9780335234684

Avis, J., Orr, K. and Tummons, J. (2010) ‘Theorizing the work-based learning of teachers’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning. Milton Keynes: McGraw Hill. pp. 48-57. ISBN 9780335234684

Avis, J., Dalton, J., Dixon, L., Jennings, A., Orr, K. and Tummons, J. (2010) ‘Getting to know the organization’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning. : McGraw-Hill. pp. 215-219. ISBN 9780335234684

Avis, J. and Orr, K. (2010) ‘Theory and practice’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning. : McGraw Hill. pp. 28-40. ISBN 9780335234684

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2010) ‘Dual identities: the in-service teacher trainee experience in the English further education sectorJournal of vocational education and training , 62 (1), pp. 75-88. ISSN 1363-6820

2009

Orr, K (2009) ‘Dual Identities: enhancing the in-service teacher-training experience in further education’. In: LSRN Annual Conference, Friday 11 December 2009, London, UK

Orr, K (2009) ‘Performativity and professional development: the gap between policy and practice in the English further education sectorResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 14 (4), pp. 479-489. ISSN 1359-6748

Orr, K (2009) ‘Dual roles and dual identities: enhancing the experience of in-service teacher training in English Further EducationTeaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 1 (2), pp. 5-13. ISSN 2040-0993

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2009) ‘Dual roles and dual identities: an ethnographic study from English further education into the experience of in-service teacher-trainees’. In: BERA Annual Conference 2009, 2-5 September 2009, University of Manchester

Orr, K (2009) College Cultures and Pre-Service Trainee Teachers: a study in the creation and transmission of ideas about teaching Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2009) ‘Dual identities: the in-service teacher-trainee experience in the English Further Education sector’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training Eighth International Conference: Researching Vocational Education and Training, 3rd - 5th July 2009, Worcester College, Oxford, UK

Orr, K (2009) ‘A guide to alienationPost 16 Educator (52). ISSN 0459-2026

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2009) Dual identities: enhancing the in-service teacher trainee experience in the lifelong learning sector A guide for employers Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2009) Dual identities: enhancing the in-service teacher trainee experience in further education Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Orr, K (2009) ‘Dual Role of trainee teachers: enhancing the in-service teacher-trainee experience in further education’. In: The Consortium for Post-Compulsory Education and Training 8th Annual Conference (PCET), 26th June 2009, Huddersfield, UK

Orr, K (2009) ‘Autonomy and powerlessness: the gap between policy and practice in English Further Education colleges’. In: DPR8: Power and the Academy: The 8th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series, 6-8 April 2009, Manchester Metropolitan University

Orr, K (2009) ‘An Ecology Of Performativity: the gap between policy and practice in the English Further Education Sector’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 23rd March - 2nd April 2009, University of Huddersfield

Orr, K (2009) ‘Room for Improvement? The Impact of Compulsory Professional Development for Teachers in England's Further Education Sector’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 69-83. ISBN 9781862180680

2008

Tummons, J., Orr, K., Jennings, A. and Dixon, L. (2008) ‘Dominant discourses of pre-service teacher education, and the exigencies of the workplace: an ethnographic study from English further education’. In: BERA Annual Conference 2008, 3rd - 6th September 2008, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland , p. 77

Orr, K (2008) ‘Room for improvement? The impact of compulsory professional development for teachers in England's further education sectorJournal of In-service Education , 34 (1), pp. 97-108. ISSN 1367-4587

Orr, K (2008) ‘Memory, Knowledge and Resistance: the impact of the Algerian War on French thought’. In: Discourse, Power and Resistance 7: cultures in resistance, 18th – 20th March 2008, Manchester Metropolitan University

Swailes, S. and Orr, K. (2008) ‘Talent management in the UK: Public/Private Sector Differences and Implications for Reward’. In: Reward Management - facts and trends in Europe. Berlin: PABST. pp. 275-293. ISBN 978-3-89967-479-8

Orr, K (2008) Working with non-native English speaker students on mainstream courses: a guide to good practice Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Orr, K (2008) Enhancing the University experience for students who are non-native English speakers on mainstream courses : A report for the University Teaching and Learning Committee Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

2007

Simmons, R., Orr, K. and Thompson, R. (2007) ‘Gender, Discourse and Power: Reflections on the post-compulsory Teacher Educator Workforce in England.’. In: 9th International Conference on Education, 28 - 31 May 2007, Athens, Greece

Orr, K (2007) ‘A space for professional development?Post 16 Educator (38). ISSN 0459-2026

Esteem

National Teaching Fellowship (2014)

Co-editor of Studies in the Education of Adults (2015-)

Member of editorial board for Journal of Vocational Education and Training (2016-)

Member of International Advisory Panel of the Finnish Academy (2016)                             

Member of  Teach Too advisory group (2017)

Member of SET for Success advisory group   (2017-Present)  

Co-convenor of Post-Compulsory and Higher Education Network of the Society of Research in Higher Education (2015-Present)

Past

  • 2016: Presented Keynote Symposium paper at BERA conference, Leeds (14 September)
  • 2015: Expert Witness for House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility (6 December)
  • 2014: Presented Keynote Symposium paper at BERA conference, London (23 September)
  • 2013: Invited to present on the future of teacher education to the government’s Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (23 January)
  • 2013: Member of International Academic Advisory Group for 157 Group of Colleges
  • 2013: Member of Mixed Economy Group of FE colleges (MEG) national Reference Group on scholarship and scholarly activity in college-based Higher Education
  • 2012: Organiser of BERA International Symposium on the Impact of Policy on the Professional Development of Teachers and Trainers in Vocational Education and Training (University of Huddersfield; 23 February)
  • 2012: Member of the expert committee to inform the government's planned vocational pedagogy and adult education commission (6 January)
  • 2012: Rapporteur for Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2011 to present: Convenor of Yorkshire and Humberside Learning and Skills Research Network
  • 2011: Reviewer for research bids to ESCalate, the HEA education subject centre, for funding on research on work-based learning
  • 2011-present: External Examiner for teacher education courses at Canterbury Christ Church University
  • 2010 to present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2008 to 2013: Co-convenor of British Educational Research Association’s (BERA) Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning Special Interest Group
  • 2008-present: Reviewer for BERA conference
  • 2009 to present: Reviewer for the following journals:
  1. Journal of Vocational Education and Training
  2. Journal of Workplace Learning
  3. Educational Review
  4. Journal of Globalisation, Societies and Education
  5. Research in Post-Compulsory Education
  6. British Journal of Sociology

I have been an external doctoral examiner on seventeen occasions at twelve universities in the UK and Australia.

Invited Lectures and Seminars

Orr, K. (2017) Research in Further Education; Keynote lecture at FE Research Network, 26 June

Orr, K. (2015) Research and Social Justice; invited contribution to BERA Social Justice SIG seminar, 14 September

Orr, K. (2015) Inequality, advice and guidance for young people in England, seminar at University of Wolverhampton, 26 March

Orr, K. (2014) Higher Education in Further Education and its impact on social mobility in England, paper presented to SRHE Post-Compulsory and Higher Education Network, 6 November, London.

Orr, K. (2014) What’s going on? An overview of current research on vocational pedagogy, keynote lecture at Consortium for Post-Compulsory Education and Training annual conference, 27 June, Huddersfield.

Orr, K. (2013) Transforming your practice through research, invited seminar presentation at Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Research Conference, 19 June, London.

Orr, K. (2013) What is an educated 19 year-old and who decides? Keynote lecture at teacher education conference, 8 May, The Oldham College.

I have been an external examiner for nine doctoral examinations: at the University of London’s Institute of Education (2012, 2013 and 2014), Manchester Metropolitan University (2013), University of Staffordshire (2013) and Birmingham City University (2013), University of Birmingham (2014), University of Nottingham (2014) and University of Derby (2015).

Research Degree Supervision

I am currently supervising students researching topics including overseas students’ perceptions of academic feedback, specialist police training, the training of retail buyers and VET in Nigeria.

I have previously supervised students researching English teaching in Libya, teacher education in Pakistan, policy on skills in the UK, and aspects of nurse education.

I am interested in supervising research into work-related learning, educational policy and vocational pedagogy.

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Enterprise Activities

2007-2010: Organised and delivered a series of Train the Trainer courses for the Office of the Information Commissioner staff; Wilmslow.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Associate Dean with responsibility for Teaching and Learning.

I contribute to PGCE and Certificate in Education courses as well as modules on the Doctor of Education course.