Alex Kendall

Associate Dean Research and Business Development

School of Education and Social Work
0121 331 7363
Birmingham City University Associate Dean: Research and Business Development, Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences Jan 2011 -
University of Wolverhampton Associate Dean, Education Jan 2004 – Dec 2010
University of Wolverhampton Principal Lecturer, Post Compulsory Education Apr 2003 – Dec 2003
University of Wolverhampton Senior Lecturer, Post Compulsory Education Jul 2000 – Apr 2003
Rowley Regis College Senior Tutor 1998 – 2000
Rowley Regis College Assistant Team Leader for English 1997 – 1998
Worcester Sixth Form College English Teacher 1995 – 1997
Akademia Vzdlavania, Trdnava, Slovakia 1992 - 1993



TESOL Certificate, Trinity College, London

MA Gender and Society

BA (Hons) English Literature


International Committee member of International Professional Development Association (IPDA)

Institute for Learning

Research and Practice in Adult Literacy network

Editorial board – Media Education Research Journal

  • Reflexive research methods: content as method in the teaching of research methods (RM) in HE in FE contexts, HEA, 2012
  • Literacies for Employability, HEA 2011-2014
  • Partnership around Continuous Education of Teachers, Leonardo da Vinci 2011-2013
  • Developing pedagogies for the prisons Virtual Campus, LSIS, Jan 2011
  • Digital Ethnographies: approaches to teaching and learning on vocational education programmes, LLN, Sept 2010
  • Improving initial education and continuing professional development opportunities for prison educators in the West Midlands, Funding body QIA, Jan 2010
  • Embedding literacies, Jan 2009, Funding body QIA, LSIS
  • Workforce Skills Train to Gain, Tutor Capacity Building (Skills for Life), April 2008, Funding body ESF co-financed project
  • Blending Learning for Early Years, Foundation degrees, May 2008, Funding body LLN (HEFCE)
  • Recommendations for a minimum core, April 2008 for Learning Support Practitioners, Funding body LLUK
  • Embedding excellence in literacy and numeracy, March 2008, Funding body LSC
  • Barriers and solutions: facilitating progression, Sept 2007 for early years practitioners, Funding body LLN (HEFC)

Peer reviewed journal articles

Kendall, A., Cramp, A., Carey, D., Perkins, H. (2012) Barriers and solutions to HE progression for Early Years’ practitioners Journal of Vocational Education and Training Volume 64, Issue 4, pp543-560

Kendall, A. McDougall, J. (2012).  Critical media literacy after the media: can we see clearly now?  In Tyner, K. & Guttierez, A. (Eds.).  Alfabetización mediática en contextos digitales múltiples, Revista Communicar, 38. Andalucia, Spain:  Grupo Communicar.

Kendall, A., Cramp, A., Carey, D., Perkins, H. (2011 accepted for publication) Barriers and solutions: exploring the career trajectories of early years professionals Journal of Vocational Education and Training

Dye, V., Herrington, M., Hughes, J., Kendall, A., Lacey, C., Smith R. (2010) ‘Collaborative writing and dis-Continuing Professional Development:  Challenging the rituals and rules of the education game?’ Professional Development special issue on Professional Development of Teacher Educators Vol. 36, Nos. 1–2, March–June 2010, pp. 289–306

Kendall, A., Herrington, M. (2009) 'Properly equipping our teachers for the future: re-reading research in practice as an everyday habit of professionalism' in Teaching in Lifelong Learning Vol 1, Issue 2 pp45-53

Moran, P., Kendall, A. (2009) Baudrillard and the End of Education International Journal of Research Methods in Education Volume 32 Issue 3 327-335

Kendall, A., McDougall, J. (2009) ‘Just gaming: on being differently literate’  E-ludamos:.Journal for Computer Game Culture 3 (2), p. 245-260

Kendall, A. (2008) Giving up reading: re-imagining reading with young adult readers in Journal of Research and Practice in Adult Literacy vol 65 Spring/summer pp14-22

Kendall, A. (2008) Playing and resisting: rethinking young people’s reading cultures, Literacy  42  3 pp 123 – 130

Kendall, A. (2007) Reading reader identities: stories about young adults reading  in Journal of Research and Practice in Adult Literacy, Vol 81, Spring pp36 - 43

McDougall, J. Walker, S., Kendall, A. Shaping Up? (2006) Three acts of textual studies a critique International Studies in Sociology of Education, 16, pp. 159-173

Avis, J., Bathmaker, A., Kendall, A. (2003) Crossing the boundaries: expectations and experience of newcomers to higher and further education, with in Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 8(2), pp. 179-196

Avis, J., Bathmaker, A., Kendall, A. (2003) Conundrums of our own making: critical pedagogy and trainee further education teachers in Teacher Development, 7, pp191-209


Bennett, P., Kendall, A., McDougall, J. (2011) After the Media London: Routledge

Herrington, M., Kendall, A. (Eds) (2005) Insights from Research and Practice, pp.3-29  Leicester: NIACE

Book Chapters

Kendall, A and McDougall, J, 2011 (in press). ‘Telling Stories out of School – Young Male Gamers Talk about Literacies‘ in Merchant, G, Gillen, J, Marsh, J and Davies, J (eds) Virtual literacies: interactive spaces for children and young people (ESRC seminar series volume). London: Routledge.

Kendall, A., McDougall, J. (2010 in press) ‘Different Spaces, Same Old Stories? On Being a Reader in Cousins, H., Ramone, J. (eds) The Richard & Judy Book Club Reader: Popular Texts and the Practices of Reading. London: Ashgate

Herrington M., Baig, R., Dye, V., Hughes, J., Kendall, A., Lacey C., O’Leary, M., Smith, R., (2008) Communities of Practice: Creating Learning, Environments for Educators. A book edited by Chris Kimble and Paul Hildreth. Information Age Publishing

Herrington, M., Kendall, A. (2005) Building knowledge and enhancing expertise through research in/and practice in Herrington, M., Kendall, A. (Eds) (2005) Insights from Research and Practice, pp.3-29  Leicester: NIACE


Kendall, A., Carey, D., Cramp, A., Perkins, H., (2009) Facilitating progression: towards a ‘fit for purpose’ progression model for early years practitioners. Final report of the Barriers and Solutions project to the Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull Lifelong Learning Network

Kendall, A. Carey, D., Perkins, H. (2008) Barriers and Solutions: facilitating progression for early years practitioners – Initial project report to the Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull Lifelong Learning Network.

Kendall, A (2005) The significance of National Research and Development Centre for literacy, language and numeracy research outputs for the design of teacher training standards. Report to the National Research and Development Centre for Adult literacy, ESOL and numeracy November 2005

Other relevant publications

Hafiz, R., Jones, C., Kendall, A., Lea, J., Rogers, J. (2008) CPD for Teachers in Post-compulsory Education. Occasional paper number 18 London: UCET

‘Just Gaming’: On Being Differently  Literate, Future and Reality of Gaming, University of Vienna, October 2008 Kendall, A., McDougall, J.

Crossing the boundaries: expectations and experience of newcomers to further and higher education. With James Avis, John Parsons, Research: Making an Impact on Policy and Practice. The fifth Annual conference of the learning and skills Network, 5th – 7th December 2001, Robinson College, Cambridge (windows CD)

The politics of care – emotional labour and trainee FE lecturers, with Avis, J., Bathmaker, A.-M.

Media Work

Alex Kendall is one of the University’s dedicated team of trained media champions, and can comment on a range of subjects including:

  • Teacher Education
  • Literacy
  • Prison Education
  • Digital Literacy Education

To arrange a media interview, please contact Birmingham City University Press Office on 0121 331 6738, 07967 271532,
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