Dr Paul Skillen

Programme Leader BA Education Studies

I have been involved in Education all my life. I worked for many years as a primary teacher before becoming a lecturer in Higher Education.


Ed.D (Keele)  2013 :
Thesis: A comparison of two approaches to teaching reading.

M.Ed Educational Psychology  (Manchester) 2003
Thesis: A Review of the use of Additional Literacy Support 1999-2001

B.Ed (Liverpool Institute of Higher Education) 1981

Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPS)

Member of the Performing Rights Society (MPRS)

Fellowship of the  Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Winner of 2014 Above and Beyond Award for Outstanding Personal Academic Tutor


I have always combined my teaching with practice based research. The research has developed into recent publications listed below. As well as lecturing I have a keen interest in music stemming back to my involvement in the music industry in the early 1980s. I still write and record music and am about to publish a book about the creative music scene in Liverpool.


I have taught all age ranges from 3 year olds in Nursery through to adults in Higher Education. I was a primary school teacher for thirty years in schools in Merseyside. I began teaching in Higher Education in 2003 on teacher training programmes as well as mentoring trainees for Liverpool Hope Edge Hill and University of Chester. For the past seven years I have been involved with teaching and leading the BA Combined Honours Education Studies programme at University of Chester.


I have been active in a variety of research projects.  In 2002 I undertook a Best Practice Research Scholarship studying the use of Additional Literacy Support in Schools. This underpinned my M.Ed thesis. I later developed my doctorate research on a comparative study examining the teaching of reading in the United States and England.

I have worked as a researcher on funded projects at University of Chester examining accountability in the professions. This has led to two publications listed below as a book chapter and a journal article.

My current project is writing a book about music, creativity and youth culture in Liverpool during the 1980s. This will be published in 2015 under the title of ‘Scouse pop’.

Published work

(Chapter 6 Accountability in the professions) Murphy, M.  Skillen, P. In Murphy, M . Eds (2013) Social Theory and Education Research. London:Routledge

Forth coming - Murphy, M. & Skillen, P. (2015) Scouse Pop. Youth and music culture in Liverpool in 1980s. Sheffield: Equinox publishing.

Forth coming - Murphy, M. & Skillen, P. (2014) The Politics of Time. Accountability in the Professions. Politics and Policy Journal