Professor Liz Browne MEd, MA, PGCert in Coaching and Mentoring, Ed.D.

Head of the Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Professor Liz Browne is head of the Centre of Education Consultancy and Development and co-research lead for the Policy, Partnership and Leadership research group. Her research interests are in the area of educational policy and leadership and she has worked on a number of consultancy projects with national organisations working in the Further Education and Skills sector.  Recently her interest in leadership and management has involved Liz in working with the Education and Training Foundation to evaluate a range of management projects and to report on the management training requirements for the FE and Skills sector. Liz is experienced in supervising doctoral students and has examined a number of PhDs and Education Doctorates in the UK and abroad.  She is currenlty researching the impact of policy change to the introduction of the New Maths Curriculum and investigating the impact of the increase use of data on the experience of Higher Education students. She is also interested in the changing nature of teacher training resultant from government policy adjustment to the way teachers are trained.    Professor Browne is a governor of an Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' Primary School


Modules on:

  • Education and Work
  • Leading and Working in Teams

Dissertation and supervisory support students completing undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral study.


Dr Browne has extensive experience of supporting research students to successful completion of high level research projects and would be very pleased to talk with you about your research proposals.  In addition she has experience of successful bid writing particularly in relation to knowledge transfer and consultancy opportunities and would welcome the opportunity to explore joint bid writing opportunities.

Academic and research interests

  • Education Policy and Change
  • ICT Pedagogy
  • Cyber-ethnography
  • Enterprise and Business Education


National and international conference presentations

  • 2014 Paper accepted for the New Zealand Educational Research Conference May:2014
  • 2013 International Society for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ISLTHE) in USA: October: 2013-
  • 2011 Auckland University of Technology invited speaker to present at a research conference on educational mentoring
  • 2007 Conference presentation Institute of Cybernetics paper entitled ‘Cyber-ethnography, the research method for the 21st century’ USA
  • 2008 Conference presentation for the International Society for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ISLTHE) Philadelphia:USA (also Editorial Board member for the Journal published by this organisation)
  • 2007 International Education Transformation Conference Augusta, USA: Training for Transformation
  • 2003 International Medical Health Conference, Burne, Switzerland -CD Rom delivery of Medical Pedagogy

UK conference presentations

  • 2014 Keynote speaker: Edge Hill Conference on Education Reform (March:2014)
  • 2012 Keynote speaker: Presidential Conference of the Institute for Learning
  • 2011 Quality Assurance Association                                                     conference at Aston University
  • 2010 CETT annual conference – Westminster University Keynote address
  • 2009 Teaching and Learning Research Programme: Greenwich University Enterprising Colleges
  • 2009 CETT National Conference: Eden Project Sustaining Quality in Challenging Times
  • 2008 Quality Improvement Agency Conference: Warwick Coaching for Performance
  • 2006 Centre for Excellence in Leadership: The Belfry Hotel: Are we ready for reform?
  • 2004 Learning and Skills Development Agency: Queen Elizabeth Centre: London -Success for All
  • 2002 Institute of Technology: Sheffield University- Beyond Our Wildest Dreams -ICT in learning and teaching
  • 1999 Learning and Skills Development Agency: Warwick University The Management of Change using ICT to support Inclusion and Widen Participation
  • 2000 British Education Research Association: Cardiff University- Oh to be a learner now the learning age is here

Conference organisation

  • 2013 Member of a team organising the School of Education Research conference
  • 2012 School of Education Internal Research    Conference
  • 2011 CETT Annual Conference
  • 2010 CETT Annual Conference
  • 2009 CETT Annual Conference:
  • 2008 Oxford Brookes Conference on 14-19 Education – keynote address
  • 2008 National Education Transformation Question Time: Organiser
  • 2008 International Baccalaureate: Organiser and welcome on behalf of the Private and State School Partnership
  • 2007 CETT launch: Organiser and Keynote speaker
  • 2005 Oxford Brookes Conference on the Learning and Skills Reform Agenda: organiser and welcome speech on behalf of ESCalate
  • 2003 Oxford Brookes University Conference on Foundation Degrees: organiser and welcome speech on behalf of ESCalate.

Career history


Liz Browne started her career in schools in Wiltshire and Somerset moving quickly to become a deputy head of a large comprehensive school before taking a career break to bring up her children. She returned to  permanent employment work as a lecturer in a Further Education College where she worked part time until becoming a Head of Department and later Head of School.

In 1999 she was appointed to Oxford Brookes University as a lecturer in the Sociology of Education. Over the last ten years she has held a number of roles as:

  • Head of Lifelong Learning
  • Director of Secondary and Post-compulsory Education
  • Director of Knowledge Transfer and Consultancy and Head of Quality.
  • Head of Quality Assurance, Quality Enhancement and Validations 

In addition she is Director of the Westminster Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training and the governor of a local Primary School.


  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Other


  • Browne, E. (2014) The New Further Education Sector Qualifications Open University Press ( due out in March, 2014)
  • Browne, E. and Price, A. (2011) Qualifying to Teach Numeracy. London : Pearsons
  • Browne, E. (2007) Qualifying to Teach in the Learning and Skills Sector. London: Pearsons

Journal articles

  • Browne, E. and Rayner, S. (2014) Managing Leadership in University Reform: data-led decision-making, the cost of learning and déjà vu? Journal of Educational Management Administration & Leadership (published online to appear in the Journal in January 2014)
  • Browne, E. (2013) School Direct: the way forward for Teacher Training? Brookes ejournal of Learning and Teaching 1 (1) 2013
  • Browne, E. and Reid, J (2012) The Changing Localities for Teacher Education. The Journal of Education for Teachers 38 (4), September 2012
  • Browne, E. (2011) The Market, the Private and Education Journal of Education Provocations Australasia Publication Peer Reviewed Booklet: ISSN 2253-1548
  • Browne. E. (2010) As UK policy strives to make access to Higher Education easier for all is discrimination in employment practice still apparent? Journal of Vocation Education and Training 62 (3)
  • Browne, E. and Bailey, J. (2009) Middle Managers and the promotion and monitoring of CPD. Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector: a journal to improve and inform practice 1, (2)
  • Browne, E. and Sargant, D. (2008) Change or Transformation? Journal of Further and Higher Education 32 (4) (Key author)
  • Browne, E. (2006) Teaching and Learning National Transformation Programme; Research in Post-compulsory education 11(2)
  • Browne, E. (2006) Coaching for Transformation, International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring 4 (1)
  • Browne, E. (2005) Posing a proximal principle between peer coaching and high quality teaching and learning. Research in Post compulsory Education 9(2)
  • Browne, E. (2005) Structural and Pedagogic Change in Educational Institutions, Journal of Further and Higher Education 29 (1)
  • Browne, E. and Thomas, G. (2004) Comparing e-learning and lecture pedagogies for new and experienced professionals in dentistry, British Dental Journal 197(3) (co-author)
  • Browne, E. (2004) Healthy Schools, 5-13 Education, Vol.14 (2)
  • Browne, E. (2003) Conversations in Cyberspace, Open Learning, 18 (3)
  • Browne, E. and Booth, B. (2003) Cascading Models of Workbased Learning Journal of Post-Compulsory Education 8 (2)
  • Browne, E. (2002) Listening to the Student -a report of research into inclusive practice in one College of FE, British Journal of Learning Support, 17(2)
  • Browne, E (2002) The Management of Change Towards Greater Reliance on ICT Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 7(1)
  • Hayes, D. and Browne, E. (2006) Using Chronology in Teaching to Improve Learning.  ESCalate  (outcome of a small Research Grant) (co-author).
  • Browne, E. (2005) Success for All : Reforming teaching and learning . ESCALATE: Subject Centre for Education in the Higher Education Academy. Issue 3  Autumn 2005
  • Browne, E. (2005) Subject Learning Coaches Programme validated by Oxford Brookes University  DfES Standards Unit Newsletter. Issue 10.
  • Browne, E. (2004) Teacher Training Reforms in the Learning and Skills SectorESCALATE: Subject Centre for Education in the Higher Education Academy. Issue 1 Autumn 2004
  • Browne, E. (2000) Change Needs Managing CarefullyBERA conference reported in FE Focus of the Times Education Supplement
  • Browne, E. and Hughes, M. (1999) Learning Style Research to Support Inclusion   Further Education Development Agency: Written as a team member with a consortia of staff from Abingdon and Coventry Colleges
  • Browne, E. and Cox, G.(1997) Research Trials of a Flexible Learning Framework for Students with Learning Difficulties in a College of Further Education.  Further Education Development Agency (Lead author and researcher)

Book chapters

  • Browne, E. (2012)  Chapter in a text entitled Vocational Teaching and Learning to be the first in a series published by City and Guilds (December: 2012)
  • Browne, E. (2011) chapter in ‘Research Methods for Online Learning’ and member of the editorial board for this text  published in 2011 by IGI Global
  • Browne, E. (2010) chapter in ‘Transforming Learning: The Dimensions, Aesthetics and Concepts of Online Learning IGI Global. Member of the editorial board for this text.
  • Browne, E. (2005) Researching Educational Leadership in Education Leadership. Milton Keynes: Open University Press



  • Harkin, J. and Browne, E. (2006) Excellence in Supporting Applied Learning; A report for LLUK and the TDA (supporting researcher and co-author).
  • Browne, E. and Eaude, T, (2003) Health Education in Schools; a report on research funded by the DfES as a Best Practice Research grant published by the National Primary Centre (main author)