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Research interests

Professor Andy Hobson's research focuses on the experiences of and support for the professional learning, development and wellbeing of teachers and leaders, especially early career teachers and head teachers. He has particular interests in teacher and head teacher mentoring. He has published widely, led a large number of research, research and development, and evaluation projects, and supervises doctoral students in these areas.

Amongst Andy's scholarly contributions, he is responsible for coining the term 'judgementoring' (Hobson & Malderez 2013) and for the development of the ONSIDE Mentoring framework (Hobson 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022). He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.

Scholarly biography

After completing a first degree in Politics (University of Lancaster) and an MA in Political Philosophy (University of York), Andy undertook a PGCE in Social Science (University of Birmingham) and began working life as a teacher of politics, sociology and economics in the secondary and further education sectors. He completed his PhD on student teachers' experiences of initial teacher preparation at the University of Leeds in 2001. He has subsequently been employed as Senior Research Officer at the National Foundation for Educational Research, Lecturer in Educational Research Methods at the University of Leeds, Associate Professor in Teacher and School Development at the University of Nottingham, and Research Professor in Education and Director of Academic Research at the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University.

Andy took up the post of Professor of Teacher Learning and Development and Head of Education Research at the University of Brighton in January 2014. He served as a member of the expert panel for Education in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), the UK's system for assessing the excellence of research in higher education institutions.

Supervisory Interests

Andy is interested to work with applicants seeking to conduct research relating to the professional learning, development and/or well-being of teachers, leaders and other professionals. Specific foci may include but are not restricted to studies of:

  • Mentoring and/or coaching for early career teachers / professionals
  • Mentoring and/or coaching across professions
  • Judgementoring
  • ONSIDE Mentoring
  • Co-mentoring (collaborative, compassionate mentoring and coaching)

External positions

Editor: International Journal of Mentoring & Coaching in Education

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