About Us

Associate Professor Philip Bamber

Assistant Dean & Head of the School of Education
0151 291 3490
bamberp@hope.ac.uk

Welcome to the Centre of Education and Policy Analysis (CEPA).

‌Here we bring together Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Teacher Education and a diverse and growing number of staff, students and researchers. We have an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.  In the most recent review of Research Excellence, 60% of research in Education at Liverpool Hope was graded as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

CEPA research is framed through four inter-related interdisciplinary research programmes oriented to overarching themes of ethos, values and social justice in education.  Our research programmes demonstrate interdisciplinary interest in values-led education across all sectors and phases. See the illustration below for information.

For more information on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses, visit the Education pages on the Liverpool Hope website.

CEPA Steering Group  

The steering group brings together research programme conveners and CEPA Visiting Professors to plan and direct research strategy, researcher development activities and to foster an inclusive research culture. Reporting to the University Research Committee, the Steering Group facilitates the development of strategic research partnerships and postgraduate provision that is aligned to our research expertise.

Steering Group Members

Dr Babs Anderson, Associate Professor Phil Bamber, Sam Sellar (CEPA Visiting Professor), Associate Professor Alan Hodkinson, Associate Professor Naomi Hodgson, Dr Joseph Maslen, Dr Catherine O’Connell, Dr Konstanze Spohrer, Ms Sue Cronin, Dr Lynn Sampson-Chappell, Professor John Shortt, Associate Professor Julie Hadwin, Sam Sellar, Reader in Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, J Adam Carter, Reader in Epistemology, University of Glasgow, Stefan Ramaekers, Professor of Psychology and Educational Sciences KU Leuven (Belgium).

CEPA Members

Dr Catherine O’Connell

CEPA Director & Senior Lecturer in Education Studies


Dr Babs Anderson

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies


Dr Naomi Hodgson

Associate Professor


Dr Frank Su

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Associate Professor Julie Hadwin

Associate Professor


Dr Konstanze Spohrer

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies


Associate Professor Alan Hodkinson

Associate Professor & PGR Coordinator


Dr Cathal O’Siochru

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies


Dr Namrata Rao

Principal Lecturer


Dr Olga Ververi

Lecturer in Education Studies


Mrs Sue Cronin

Head of Teacher Education


Dr Ella Houston

Lecturer in Disability and Education


Dr Harriet Pattison

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies


Dr Jody Crutchley

Lecturer in Modern History


Dr John Tillson

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education


Dr Carly Bagelman

Lecturer in Education Studies


Dr Lynn Sampson-Chappell

Head of Professional Partnership Development


Dr Daniel O’Neill

Lecturer in Education Studies


Dr Andrea Bullivant


CEPA Visiting Professors

Dr Sam Sellar

Reader in Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

J Adam Carter

Reader in Epistemology, University of Glasgow

Stefan Ramaekers

Professor of Psychology and Educational Sciences KU Leuven (Belgium)