Dr Paul Wiseman

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Email address: P.Wiseman@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323375 Location: Walsall Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Education Studies


Whilst working as a geography teacher, subject lead and senior house tutor in Shropshire I completed an MA Education and in 2000 became a research officer for Sandwell Health Authority. Here I had responsibility to evaluate the impact of all early years programmes/initiatives including the newly introduced Sure Start programmes.

In 2001 I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton where I continued my research interests with early intervention programmes such as Sure Start. This interest and related research activity led to my appointment as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham where I worked on the National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund between 2003 - 2005.  The NECF is the largest social science research project undertaken in the UK.

Following the completion of this project I started working in two Local Authority's where I was strategic lead for school based extended and wrap around services.  During this time I maintained my interest in research and completed my doctorate; which focused upon work place behaviour within children's services between 2004 and 2012.

In 2011 I returned to the University of Wolverhampton and now hope to develop my research profile whilst maintaining links with schools and Children's services.

Research interests

Workplace behaviour/learning

Government policy

The changing education and children's service landscape

Alternative forms of education

Application of sociocultural theory

PhD/EdD supervision

I am currently supervising two doctoral students who are researching:

1. Education provision for Syrian refugees.
2. Working practices of social workers.

I would welcome enquires from students wishing to study: work place behaviour, impact of government policy together with any aspect of the changing educational and children service landscape.


Higher Education Academy (2015), Senior Fellow

EdD: Learning and Learning Contexts - University of Birmingham   2014

MA Education  - Open University   1998

PGCE Geography - Leeds University   1991

BSc Hons Geography - Lancaster University   1989



Wiseman, P. (in Press) Alternative Education Provision: international perspectives in Brendan Bartram’s book Comparative Education: issues and debates. Routledge. London.

Wiseman, P. (2016) Reflecting on Einstein’s advice: a personal journey in creating an experiential approach to the development of undergraduate literature reviews. Innovations in Higher Education, Vol.2 (3) 2016. pp40-47

Wiseman, P. Professional activity and professional identity: A cultural-historical study investigation into change and transformation. Educationalfutures, Vol.7 (2), 2016. pp47-68.

Wiseman, P. (In Press) Reflecting on Einstein’s advice: a personal journey in creating an experiential approach to the development of undergraduate literature reviews. Innovations in Higher Education.

Wiseman, P. (In Press) Professional activity and professional identity: A cultural-historical investigation into change and transformation in Children’s Services. BESA.

Wiseman, P. (2016) Stability and Change during Periods of Re-organisation: A Cultural Historical Investigation into Children’s Services (in England).  International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Special Issue Volume 5 Issue 1, 2015. pp. 2394 – 2400.

Wiseman, P. (2014) Children’s Services: culture, practice and transformation. A cultural historical study of workplace behaviour. Papers from the Education Research Conference, University of Birmingham.

Wiseman, P.* and Wakeman, A. (2003) Parental review of service uptake during the pre-school period, Child: Care, Health and Development. pp. 59-65.

Wiseman, P.* and Wakeman, A. (2002) Learning from experience: Local evaluation of the Rowley Regis Sure Start programme, Interplay, Autumn. pp 40 - 45.

Published Evaluation Reports:

NECF (2005) Prevention and early Intervention in the Social Inclusion of Children and Young People. Research Report 603.

NECF (2004). Collaborating for the Social Inclusion of Children and Young People. DfES.  Research Report 596.

NECF (2004) Children, Young people, Parents and Carer’s Participation in Children’s Fund case Study partnerships.   Research Report 602.

Evaluation Reports:

Skein CPD review for St Michaels school (2012)

Skein CPD for William Brookes school (2012)

National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund case study report (2004, 2005)

NECF Participation report for Barnardo’s “Action with Young Carers” (2004)

Kates Hill and Sledmere Sure Start local evaluation report (2003)

Impact of 'Beacon Status' upon the performance of partner schools Primary schools (2002)

Rowley Regis Sure Start parent-led family survey (2002)

Rowley Regis Sure Start local evaluation report (2001)

Previous professional experience

Telford and Wrekin Council and Sandwell MBC (2005 – 2011) LA Adviser and Strategy Manager.

University of Birmingham (2003 – 2005) Senior Research Fellow.

University of Wolverhampton (2001 – 2003) Senior Lecturer in Education.

Sandwell Health Authority (2000 – 2001) Research Officer.

Shropshire County Council (1991 – 2000) Geography Teacher, Subject Lead and Senior House Tutor.

Further information

External Examiner for all MA Education programmes for University of Wales, Swansea.
External Panel Member for the University of Derby.
External Assessor for Middlesex University.