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Paul Tarpey

Senior Lecturer Education and Social Science

About Research


Paul’s background is in secondary teaching. He worked as an English teacher, deputy and head of department in West London schools for ten years. Paul then moved to teach A-Level at a West London FE college where he taught English language, literature, drama and communication studies.

Paul’s first degree is in English Studies and he holds a PGCE in Secondary English. He completed an MA in English Studies in Education and is currently working on his PhD thesis. Paul has a range of experience that allows him to teach over a number of subject areas on the Education and Social Science undergraduate course.

Academic responsibilities

  • Year 2 tutor
  • Academic tutor
  • Ethics Committee representative


  • Learning and Teaching
  • Communication and Academic Literacy 
  • History of Education
  • Values in Education
  • English Studies in Education
  • Research Methods
  • Planning and Assessment for Learning
  • Representations of Education in Popular Culture
  • Dissertation


Paul’s present research interests lie in English in Education. He is currently writing up PhD research on ‘Professional Memory’ in English teaching from 1965 to 1975. This work combines Life History research and Collective Memory studies in order to create a collective, oral account of English teaching at a time of great change and radical innovation.

Paul suggests that by placing oral testimonies from teachers alongside existing histories of English teaching, it is possible to create a clearer sense of events and changes at a particular conjuncture. Also, that accounts of English drawn from Professional Memory have the potential to provide alternative ways of seeing the subject in order to provoke critical discussion among teachers about present and future responsibilities.

Find out more about Paul's research specialisms...


  • Tarpey, P (2009) ‘Professional Memory and English Teaching’. English Teaching Practice and Critique, volume 8, Number 1, pp 52-63