Dr Phil Rigby

Name: Dr Phil Rigby
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Head of Secondary and Further Education
Email: rigbyp@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education



  • Head of Secondary & Further Education, Edge Hill University 2017-to date
  • Head of Secondary Education, Edge Hill University 2014-2017
  • PGCE English Course Leader, Edge Hill University 2012-2014
  • Head of Secondary Education, Edge Hill University 2010-2012
  • Head of Professional Development, Edge Hill University 2009-2010
  • Head of Humanities, Edge Hill University 2003-2009
  • Key Stage 2/3 English Course Leader, Edge Hill University 2001-2003
  • Head of English in 2 north-west secondary schools 1991-2001
  • English Teacher, 1981-1991.


  • EdD Gender and Education Management (Keele University) 2011
  • MSc Education Management (Manchester Metropolitan University) 2001
  • PGCE English & Drama (Edge Hill College of Higher Education) 1981
  • BA (Hons) English (University of Liverpool) 1980

Interests & Achievements:

Phil is a member of the National Association for English Teaching (NATE) as well as the Higher Education Association (HEA) and the British Educational Research Association (BERA).  Phil also represents the Faculty of Education on the governing body at a partner secondary school.

Phil has been a PhD supervisor since 2016. He is chief external examiner for Secondary PGCE at one higher education institution and external examiner for PGCE English at another.


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)
  • Edge Hill University Learning and Teaching Fellow (2015)


Phil has a number of research interests. His work has resulted in a number of publications. His Masters dissertation focus was ‘The Management of Liaison and Curriculum Continuity between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3’.  Later, his doctoral thesis was entitled ‘Becoming a secondary English teacher: men constructing professional identities’.  These two areas, Primary-Secondary transition and gender and English, have remained particular areas of interest and research throughout his career, both in school and at university. Arising from his doctoral studies, Phil also has an interest in the formation of teacher professional identities, particularly during the initial teacher training process.

Published work:

Refereed Journal article:

Rigby, P. (2015) Could Do Better? Men Navigating Gendered Spaces and Subjectivities in the Formation of English Teacher Identities (awaiting publication)


Evans, C., Midgley, A., Rigby, P., Warham, L. and Woolnough, P. (2009) Teaching English (Sage)

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