Dr Shereen Shaw

Name: Dr Shereen Shaw
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Further Education and Training Programme Leader (Acting) & Lecturer in Further Education and Training
Email: shereen.shaw@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education
Social Media: Twitter – @shawshereen
Blog – https://edgehill.academia.edu/ShereenHamedShaw
Co-editor, British Mensa’s: Androgyny Journal


Shereen H. Shaw is an academic lecturer, course leader and researcher at Edge Hill University’s Further Education and Training programme. She also occasionally lectures in Existential Philosophy at the University of Liverpool’s Continuing Education. She first read for a double honours Bachelor’s in Arts in English and Comparative Literature and in Philosophy at the American University in Cairo where she graduated in 2006 with a Magna cum laude. There, Shereen was taught and attended seminars by some of the World’s most famous scholars like Edward Said, Ferial Ghazoul, Noam Chomsky and many others. Upon completing her studies, she has lectured across several educational institutions in Further and Higher education in the UK and in the Middle East. Shereen read for a Master’s of Philosophy and Literature at the University of East Anglia where she was supervised by Dr Rupert Reed and Denise Riley. She subsequently went on to teach in Further Education at North Wales and, during her post, she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and training at the University of South Wales.

Shereen’s interdisciplinary research interest is primarily in philosophy, literature and gender. In 2015, she received a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Liverpool. The comparative thesis sheds light on a key era in Arab history recognisable as ‘Arab Existentialism’. Growing up bilingual, Shereen uses her language skills to translate and add originality to her comparative studies. She presented her work at national and international conferences. Since her appointment at Edge Hill, Shereen has lectured on several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Most notable among her academic posts is her nomination for a Staff Students’ Award in 2017 and in 2018 her appointment as acting Programme leader for Further Education and Training. Shereen’s work explores belonging, Arab women’s gender identity, sexual health and the ontology of being post- the Arab Spring. She is currently working with colleague Francis Farrell and Professor Vini Lander (of Roehampton University) on an interdisciplinary funded research project titled Britishness, Identify and Belonging. Shereen adapts an existential lens in her comparative research and focuses on various ontological questions on meaning and purpose. This enables her to philosophically explore critical discourses on Arab women, identity, feminism, gender and social and cultural debates.



Edge Hill University:

  • Devising and developing teaching materials, facilitating lectures, workshops and group tutorials for two modules: Module Lead on the Employable Teacher, The Outstanding Teacher
  • SPY111 Thinking Sociologically Module Seminar, Level 4, Jan- May 2017
  • SPY1105 Understanding Social Concepts Module Seminar, FAS, Level 4, Nov 2016- Jan 2017
  • MA programmes: PBM4023J Excellence in Early Years: Principles and Practice; PBM 4024 Excellence in Early Years: International Perspectives
  • BA (HONS) Children & Young people’s learning and development, Year 1 & Year 3 (BAE000030_001_MRG:2016/17)
  • Taught on the BA (Hons) Early Years Education (EYE), Year 2, 2016 (Covering the following sessions: Behaviour Management, Change in Early Year Sector and developments, Strategies for coping with Change, Quality Initiative in Education)


  • Doctoral in Philosophy. Philosophy Department. University of Liverpool, December 2015
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE/CertEd). University of South Wales, Newport, September 2010 (Inco-operating the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
  • MA in Literature and Philosophy. Philosophy Department. University of East Anglia, Norwich, July 2007
  • BA Double Honours in Philosophy and in English and Comparative Literature. The American University, Cairo. 2001 – 2006


Whilst completing a PhD in existential philosophy, Shereen has been working since 2011 as a lecturer in Philosophy at the School of Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education, University of Liverpool. Shereen has taught the following Great Thinkers Series Modules:

  • Female Thinkers: Mary Wollstoncraft: A Vindication of Women’s Rights
  • Ancient Philosophy: Plato’s Republic
  • On Becoming a Women: The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir
  • Existential Thought: Jean Paul Sartre
  • Political Thought: Machiavelli’s Prince
  • Sin and Sainthood: St Augustine
  • The Philosophy of the Absurd: Albert Camus

Themed taught Sessions: Ethical Philosophy: Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, Women in Philosophy: Feminism, Philosophy and Psychology: Sigmund Freud’s Dreams, Themes in Existentialism.

Public Engagement Talks: Applied Philosophy: Existentialism as a way of Life, held at Liverpool Central Library.

Shereen has delivered sessions on academic writing, research methodologies, referencing, editing and sourcing.

Interests & Achievements:


  • Existential Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Teacher Education and Training
  • Teaching Narratives
  • Gender studies
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Music


  • Co-editor of British Mensa’s Androgyny 2018
  • Awarded Fellow of the Hight Education Academy, July 2017
  • CTPDC Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills, August 2016
  • CPD Workshop “Gestalt therapy”, one day (6 hours) with Brian McMinn, 24th Sept 2016, Liverpool.
  • AHRC Postgraduate Fees-only Research Studentship from the University of Liverpool Arts and Humanities (ULAH), 2010- 2015.
  • Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status (QTLS), IFL, 2013
  • Postgraduate Research Support Fund, School of the Arts (SOTA) University of Liverpool. (Award value £400), 2013
  • Postgraduate Research Support Fund, School of the Arts (SOTA) University of (Award value £600), 2011- 2012
  • Travel Bursary Scheme for Postgraduate Research, University of Liverpool. (Award value £200), 2011-2012

Professional Development/Enhancement:

  • Participated in RefreshED 2018 event at Hope University organised by Angel Solutions Ltd with the focus on teacher training and education and reducing the academic work load, 24th May 2018
  • Parent Governor at Sudley Infant School, Aigburth.
  • Training workshop on “Attendance and Attainment”, 23rd May 2018 at School Improvements, Toxteth Conference Centre
  • Member, The Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA)
  • Member, The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)



  • Interdisciplinary projects
  • Research which falls within philosophy and education/ philosophy and literature/ philosophy and psychology/ Schools of thoughts in Philosophy and its impact today on education and practice
  • Ancient Greek Philosophies, particularly the quest for knowledge and truth/ Learning & teaching strategies – “how to engage the disengaged”, Theories in Education, Philosophical questions about Learning Technologies, Morality and Citizenship and Autonomy and Individuality

Research Groups:

  • Co-researcher, Investigating Britishness in North West schools, funded project via the research investment fund (RITA) Edge Hill University (2018- 2019) mentored and supervised by Dr Francis Farrell and Professor Vini Lander.
  • “Tales from a Refugee Camp”- Writing workshops for refugees in Ormskirk who arrived from Calais (April 2017- June 2017) (funded by the Faculty of Education)
  • Syrian Refugees in Merseyside- acted as a communication link to facilitate networking between Arabic speakers and English speakers in events aimed at community cohesion.
  • Member, Immigration North West Working Group

Published work:

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise:

Conference Presentations:

  • Present a paper “Teacher training: A journey of professional development and experiential learning”, at the 9th TEAN Conference “Ambition of Teacher Education”, Conference Aston, Birmingham, May 10th, 2018
  • Presented a paper “Experiential Learning” at the Higher Education Academy Annual STEM Conference, January 6th, 2018
  • Presented in the Ninth Annual Conference for Research in Education, ACRE, at the Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University. Paper title “Teacher Education: A Journey of experiential professional development”, July 2017
  • Opening speech at The Caribbean Philosophical Association’s annual conference on the “Technologies of Liberation”, Mexico, Cancun. May 2015
  • Philosophy Paper: “Technology, Freedom and Identity”, The Caribbean Philosophical Association’s annual conference, Mexico, Cancun
  • Philosophy Paper: “Al-Hakim: consolidating the East and the West” at the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism conference, held at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, June 19-21, 2014
  • Philosophy Paper: “Crossing borders of thought” at the Writing beyond borders conference held by Language and Cultures’ Graduate School, University of Manchester, 20th September 2013

External Collaborations/Partnership Activity:

  • A blog piece on Egyptian Feminist Nawal El Saadawi, a collaboration with Sergio A. Silverio Research Assistant in Qualitative Methods, Research Department of Reproductive Health, EGA Institute for Women’s Health, University College London


  • Investigating Britishness in North West schools, funded project via the research investment fund (RITA) Edge Hill University (2017- 2019)
  • “Tales from a Refugee Camp”- Writing workshops for refugees in Ormskirk who arrived from Calais (April 2017- June 2017) (funded by the Faculty of Education)


  • I run Gingerbread Single Parent Merseyside Support Group which aims to support male and female single parents by organising social events, meet-ups and events within the Merseyside community.
  • Participated in interviews, teaching observations and sat on decision-making panels for the development of teaching and the curriculum and programmes across different areas.
  • Public speaker, workshop facilitator, existentialist.
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