Emeritus Professor Mike Cole

Dr Mike Cole is Emeritus Professor in Education and Equality at Bishop Grosseteste University. His research has focused primarily on racism and on Marxist theory, as well as Marxist critiques of Critical Race Theory in Education.

More recently, he has worked on public pedagogy. His latest books on public pedagogy are Trump, The Alt-Right and Public Pedagogies of Hate and for Fascism: What is to be Done? (2019), Theresa May, the Hostile Environment and Public Pedagogies of Hate and Threat: The Case for a Future Without Borders (2020), and Climate Change, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Public Pedagogies: The Case for Ecosocialism, all published by Routledge.

He has also been working on an extended monograph, entitled, Racism and the Tory Party: from Disraeli to Johnson, as well as two edited collections, Education, Equality and Human Rights: Issues of Gender, Racism, Sexuality, Disability and Social Class 5th Edition and Equality, Education and Human Rights in America: Issues of Gender, ‘Race’, Sexuality, Disability and Social Class, all to be published by Routledge in 2022.

Emeritus Research Professor in Education and Equality, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK

Bishop Grosseteste University

  • Co-ordinating all research activity within the University College
  • Responsibility for the overall management of research activity by academic staff, including oversight of Individual Research Plans, advice on publishing and research funding and leadership for the University College Readers
  • Maintaining an active and high-quality research profile, both nationally and internationally.
  • Securing relevant and appropriate funded project work and research activity for the University College, managing any associated bidding and tendering processes and monitoring progress on any such projects once underway.
  • Acting as a conduit for communication about all research matters between academic staff and senior management.
  • University College representative to the GuildHE Research Network
  • Managing and administering the Research Support Fund for the whole University College
  • Leading on the 2008 RAE submission
  • Convening and chairing the termly Research Group meetings (2005-2008)

University of Brighton

  • Education Research and Publications Mentor, Faculty of Education and Sport
  • Co-ordinator, Inclusion and Social Justice Research Group, Faculty of Education and Sport
  • Chair, Editorial Board, Education Research Centre’s Occasional Papers (peer-reviewed)
  • Member, Research Area Group, School of Education
  • Member, Economic and Social Transition Research Group, Business School, University of Brighton

Year 2008

  • (PhD) Noralf Mork: ‘The Fate of Innovation – a Social History of Creativity and Curriculum Control’
Year 2007
  • (Ed.D) Ian Woodfield: ‘Leading specialist secondary school professionals on recent educational policies: a phenomenological analysis’
Year 2003
  • (Ph.D) Ann Lesley Richards: ‘Part-time paid work and academic achievement: a sixth form case study’
Year 1999
  • Sheila Wood: ‘The Socialisation of female students into sport and physical education’

Year 2007

  • External Examiner for the B.Ed, Mauritius Institute of Education

Year 1997 - 2007

  • External Examiner for the MA. (Equal Opportunities) University of Central England

Year 2004

  • External Examiner for an MA by Research in Business, University of Greenwich

Year 2001

  • External Examiner for Sociology of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malta

Year 1986 - 1989

  • External Examiner in Education Studies for the BEd degree at West Sussex Institute of Higher Education

Year 1981 - 1984

  • External Examiner in Education Studies for the BEd degree at West Sussex Institute of Higher Education

Year 2003

  • Recipient of £1500 from the Teacher Training Agency to look at the experiences of minority ethnic students in teacher education
  • Tempus Individual Mobility Grant: €2228 to visit the Academy of Business Administration, Belarus and Odessa National University to disseminate good practice with respect to teaching and learning and equality of opportunity issues
  • Recipient of £9500 from the Teacher Training Agency to look at recruitment and retention of Asian, black and other minority ethnic student teachers in collaboration with Diana Brightling
Year 1995
  • Recipient of a grant from the British Council to travel to South Africa to present a number of papers in collaboration with Dave Hill
Year 1994
  • Recipient of £8,000 from D.G. XII (Science, Research and Development) of the European Union for a six nation study on 'Euroracism and Human Mobility' in collaboration with Professor Alan Tomlinson and Dr. Scott Fleming
Year 1993
  • Recipient of an Education Trust Travelling Scholarship from the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education to investigate under-representation of minority ethnic students in initial teacher education in the Netherlands in collaboration with John Clay
Year 1991
  • Recipient of the Sir Robert Menzies Bicentennial annual Fellowship. Dr Cole's project involved three months researching the Social Literacy Project in Sydney and Darwin, Australia with a view to its implementation in British schools. During this time, he was an Honorary Visiting Associate in Sociology at the University of Macquarie in New South Wales.
Year 1988
  • Grant from the British Council for an eighteen day visit to the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Science
Year 1987
  • A further grant was given to Dr Cole from the British Council to travel to Canada to continue his research on the schooling/economy relationship in Britain, the USA and Canada. He also explored possibilities of further collaborative research on native peoples and racism, on the social contexts of primary schooling and on the work of Paul Willis.
Year 1986
  • Grant from the British Council to travel to the USA to carry out research on the schooling/economy relationship in Britain and the USA
Year 1978
  • Award from the British Council to teach and research in India for three months. During this time, Dr Cole lectured in Sociological Theory, Sociology of Education and Multicultural Education at the Universities of Delhi and Udaipur.