Prof Martin Ashley
Head of Research
Professor Martin Ashley holds an institutional chair at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk near Liverpool UK for his role as Head of Research in the Faculty of Education, where he also directs the Centre for Learner Identity Studies. He was previously Reader in Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol, having taught for seventeen years in state and independent schools. He also holds a personal chair for his work on boys and singing, which is his current main research interest. His approach to this work is inter-disciplinary, drawing on psycho-social studies of identity as well as his experience in music teaching and, before that, professional sound recording.
However, his research career has been fairly eclectic and also includes publications on environmental sustainability, which arose out of the period when he taught geography and science in schools, and Steiner education, which reflects his interest in children's spirituality. The thread which links all this work together is his philosophical interest in the gendering of value.
His teaching is mainly at doctoral level. At UWE he was programme leader for the EdD and at Edge Hill he is developing accreditation for the school singing workforce including professional doctorates in choral education and primary school arts. However, he continues to find work with school age pupils richly rewarding and maintains his connection with Kilve Court where he teaches philosophy to gifted and talented 11 - 15 year olds.