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Professor of Education, University of Nottingham, University of Nottingham

Christopher Day is a Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham. He is a former teacher and schools' adviser whose research focuses on teachers professionalism and school improvement. His latest publication is entitled 'School-University Partnerships: The Promise of Change'(2020).

During the last twenty years, he has led and continues to lead national, European and international research and development projects in the areas of teachers' work and lives and school leadership and to collaborate in these with colleagues in Europe, North and South America, China and Australasia, including invited keynote addresses at several national and international conferences.His abiding interests remain in teacher quality, school leadership, improvement and effectiveness; and, within these, understanding how schools, school networks and universities may provide effective management and support for teachers' and principals' long-term professional development, wellbeing and effectiveness through research and teaching.

He is Editor-in-Chief of 'Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice' (TTTP); and a member of the Editorial Boards of The British Educational Research Journal (BERJ), Teaching and Teacher Education (TATE), and the Journal of Educational Administration (JEA).

His national research projects include research on variations in teachers' work, lives and effectiveness; the evaluation of school based continuing professional development; the impact of the leadership of improving and effective schools on pupil outcomes; leading schools in challenging urban contexts; effective classroom teaching; and teacher and school resilience. Recent international projects include a 9 country European project on the work of principals of successful schools in challenging urban contexts; a two country project on policy enactment; and an International Baccalaureate schools' project on the leadership of the primary years programme.He is currently directing an 20 country international research network on successful school principalship (ISSPP).


  • –present
    Professor of Education, University of Nottingham, University of Nottingham


  • 2008 
    University of Nottingham, D.Litt in Education
  • 1979 
    University of Sussex, D.Phil in Education