Dr Annie Haight

Senior Lecturer in Education, Postgraduate Research Tutor


Annie Haight teaches modules in the undergraduate Education Studies programme on Education and Childhood through Film and Literature, Exploring Learning and Philosophy of Education. She supervisors dissertation students at undergraduate and MA levels, and students undertaking research at MPhil, EdD and PhD levels.

Dr Haight welcomes enquiries from prospective research students considering a higher degree (PhD, EdD, MPhil, MA) in her areas of specialism.


Research interests

Annie Haight is senior lecturer and postgraduate research tutor in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University. She has taught and researched in the field of gifted and talented education for over a decade. Between 2002 and 2007 she was a member of the team at Brookes that devised and delivered the Excellence in Cities national development programme for gifted and talented co-ordinators, and was the editor of cpdgifted, an information website for education professionals (http://www.brookes.ac.uk/go/cpdgifted). She has published, among other topics, on the ethics of gifted education and on high ability in vocational areas. She is interested in the philosophy of education, in the history of ideas on 'giftedness' and the controversies that surround this, and in non-traditional forms of this construct. She recently conducted a study into inner-city learners and vocational trajectories into engineering education for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Research and consultancy projects

  • 2004-05: Evaluation of Milton Keynes's Classroom of the Future project (commissioned by Architecture MK)
  • 2004-05: 'From Potential to Performance' workshops on developing talented, level 3 learners on vocational courses (funded by DfES/HEFCE)
  • 2007-08: Evaluation of Gifted & Talented Institutional Quality Standards (funded by DCSF)
  • 2008-09: Study of talented inner-city engineering students on vocational pathways (commissioned by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust)


Recent conference papers

  • Haight, A. (2004) A review of identifying the gifted in mainstream secondary schools: The experience of England's Excellence in Cities programme. European Council for High Ability, Pamplona, September 2004.
  • Haight, A. (2007) A new model of vocational giftedness. World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children. University of Warwick, August 2007.
  • Haight, A. (2009) Is there such a thing as vocational giftedness? World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children, Vancouver, BC, August 2009.
  • Haight, A. (2010) Vocational giftedness: A helpful concept? British Educational Research Association, University of Warwick, Spetember 2010.
  • Haight, A. (2010) Nurturing engineering talent in the inner city. Inaugural research conference of the Education and Employment Taskforce, University of Warwick, October 2010.
  • Convenor of research seminar: Reconceptualising 'gifted and talented' education: re-imagine, retrench, or reject? Oxford Brookes University, June 2011.
  • Haight, A. (2012) The academic-vocational divide: Are notions of 'gifted & talented' relevant and useful to vocational education? Paper presented to the inaugural research conference of the Edge Foundation. Birmingham, 16 November 2012.
  • Haight, A. (2013) The academic-vocational divide. Keynote presentation to the Annual IBCC Conference of the International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association. London, 10 June 2013.

Career history

Following the award of her doctorate, Annie Haight worked in academic publishing and as an independent consultant designing and writing educational materials for university, professional and other organisational contexts, with a particular specialism in teachers' continuing professional development. She has worked at the Open University as a Continuing Education Editor and as a tutor in US History at St Catherine's College, Oxford, and the former Ealing College of Higher Education.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) in History from the University of Montana
  • DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford
  • PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education from Oxford Brookes University


  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Other

Journal articles

  • Haight, A. (2004) A review of identifying the gifted in mainstream secondary schools: the experience of England's Excellence in Cities Programme. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the European Council for High Ability. Pamplona: ECHA
  • Haight, A. (2005) Investigating a classroom management approach in a computer suite. Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching Vol 1, Issue 3 (October 2005). Available at:
  • Haight, A. (2006) Inclusiveness and teacher attitudes in the identification of gifted and talented pupils in Excellence in Cities and Excellence Cluster schools. Gifted & Talented 10(1): 20-27.
  • Haight, A. (2012) 'Hungry for hands-on': Talented, inner-city engineering students, applied learning and employer engagement in a vocational-learning trajectory. Journal of Education and Work 25(4): 381-402.

Book chapters

  • Clow, R. and Haight, A. (2007) Meeting the needs of individuals: teaching the gifted and talented learner in vocational courses. In The Ultimate Further Education Teachers' Handbook. R. Clow and T. Dawn (eds.), London: Continuum Books.
  • Haight, A. (2009) The ethics of gifted education: What can we learn from medical ethics? In The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education. T. Balchin, B. Hymer and D. Matthews (eds.), Abingdon: Routledge.


Reports and briefings