About the programme director
James Tooley is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and professor of educational entrepreneurship and policy at the University of Buckingham. Before this, for two decades he was professor of education policy at Newcastle University, and was previously an academic at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester, and a researcher at the National Foundation for Educational Research. He has 250 publications to his name, including books, refereed journal articles and popular pieces.
His ground-breaking research on low-cost private education has won numerous awards, including gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition, Templeton Prize for Free Market Solutions to Poverty, and the National Free Enterprise Award. His book based on this research, The Beautiful Tree: A personal journey into how the world’s poorest are educating themselves, (Penguin), was a best-seller in India and won the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize.
Tooley’s work has featured in documentaries on American PBS television and the BBC. He has been described in the pages of Philanthropy magazine as “a 21st century Indiana Jones” travelling to “the remotest regions on Earth researching something that many regard as mythical: private, parent-funded schools serving the Third World poor.
Students are registered initially for the degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), although their status is probationary until the first Annual Review has taken place, normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration.
The usual period of doctoral study is three years, though the University’s Regulations also permit candidates who make particularly rapid progress to apply to the University Research Committee for permission to submit at the end of their second year of study.
Part-time applications will be considered and may be accepted where teaching provision is available.
Each student is allocated two supervisors. There is a First (or Principal) Supervisor, who is the student’s regular guide during his or her research, and with whom the student meets regularly throughout the year. There is also a Second Supervisor, whom the student may consult on a more limited basis where a ‘second opinion’ on a particular draft chapter may be helpful.
Enquiries should be directed in the first instance to our Admissions Officer (London Programmes) on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone to +44 (0)1280 827514.
Full details in the Curriculum Handbook