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Dr Brendan Bartram

Dr Brendan Bartram

Reader in Education

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 323297
  • Location University of Wolverhampton Jerome K Jerome (WA) Building Walsall Campus Gorway Road Walsall WS1 3BD
  • Faculty Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
  • Institute Institute of Education
  • Areas of expertise

    Educational comparisons, Modern language learning, Study abroad and International students, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Dr Brendan Bartram is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.  His research and publications cover a wide range of issues reflecting the eclectic nature of Education Studies.  These include comparative issues in modern foreign language learning in Europe, aspects of student mobility and learning in Higher Education, and the role of emotions in staff-student interactions.

Brendan was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the HEA in 2012. Read more at:

I have a wide range of research interests, including Modern Language Learning, staff and student mobility, and various aspects of teaching, learning and working in Higher Education.

I have supervised a number of Ed D and PhD students in the above areas. I currently supervise 8 students who are looking at a range of issues in relation to the above, and would welcome expressions of interest from candidates interested in pursuing research in related areas.

Research Association Memberships;

  • British Education Studies Association Member
  • Journal Editorships/ Board Memberships/Reviewing; Reviewer for EducationalFutures, British Education Studies ejournal; Educational Review;  International Journal of Teaching and Education; British Journal of Education Studies; Learning and Teaching - The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences
  • PhD Education, University of Birmingham, 2005
  • PGCE, University of Wolverhampton, 1994
  • MA Modern Languages, Cambridge University, St. Catharine’s College, 1991
  • BA Honours Languages, Cambridge University, St. Catharine’s College, 1988


  • Bartram, B. (2020) Exploring International and Comparative Education, in C. Simon and S. Ward: A Student's Guide to Education Studies. Abingdon: Routledge
  • Bartram, B. (2019) Using Questionnaires, in Lambert, M. (ed): Practical Research Methods for Education: an early researcher's critical guide, Abingdon: Routledge
  • Bartram, B. (2018) International Students in the Age of Trump and Brexit: Implications, Constructions and Trends, Journal of International Students, 8, 4, 1479-1482
  • Bartram, B., Hathaway T. & Rao N. (2018) Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: a comparative study of English and Australian academics' perspectives, Journal of Further and Higher Education.
  • Bartram, B. (2018) University Students and Emotional Bargaining - a Comparative Study of Staff Perspectives in Northern Europe, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 23, 2, 266-283
  • Bartram, B. (Ed) (2017) International and Comparative Education: Contemporary Issues and Debates, Abingdon: Routledge
  • Bartram, B. (2017) Comparative and International Education. In Bartram, B. (2017) International and Comparative Education: Contemporary Issues and Debates, Abingdon: Routledge
  • Bartram, B. (2017) Some Final Reflections on Educational Comparison. In Bartram, B. (2017) International and Comparative Education: Contemporary Issues and Debates, Abingdon: Routledge
  • Bartram, B. (2016) Economic motives to attend university: a cross-country study, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 21,4, pp. 394-408
  • Bartram, B. (2016) ‘Career and money aside, what’s the point of university?’ A comparison of students’ non-economic entry motives in three European countries, Higher Education Quarterly 70.3 pp 281-300
  • Bartram, B. (2015) Emotion as a student resource in Higher Education, British Journal of Educational Studies, 63, 1, pp 67-84
  • Bartram B (2013) Comparative report: Supporting access to higher education, with particular reference to mature students in Bulgaria, England, Poland and Portugal, Erasmus: Brussels.
  • Bartram B (2013) 'The ‘graduate global citizen’? An examination of undergraduate Education students’ reasons for non-participation in international placements'. Educational Futures, vol 5 (2) pp. 75-87.
  • Bartram, B. (2012) ‘Going the other way’: the motivations and experiences of UK learners as ‘international students’, in Blythman, M. & Sovic, S. International Students Negotiating Higher Education: Critical Perspectives, London: Routledge
  • Bartram, B. (2012) “Brits Abroad": The Perceived Support Needs of U.K. Learners Studying in Higher Education Overseas, Journal of Studies in International Education
  • Bartram, B. & Terano, M (2011) Supporting international students in higher education: a comparative examination of approaches in the U.K. and U.S.A, Learning and Teaching - The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 4, 2, pp. 30-44
  • Bartram, B. (2010) Attitudes to language learning: insights from comparative education, London: Continuum
  • Bartram, B., Brant, J. & Prowse, S. (2010) Embedding pedagogic innovations in higher education: a cross-faculty investigation of staff views at an English university, Education-Line, available at:
  • Bartram, B. & Bailey, C. (2010) Assessment preferences: a comparison of UK/international students at an English university, Research in Postcompulsory Education, 15, 2, pp. 177-187
  • Bartram, B. (2009) Student support in higher education – understandings, implications and challenges, Higher Education Quarterly, 63, 3, pp.308-314
  • Bartram, B. (2009) Comparative Education, in: Warren S. (Ed) Education Studies: Course Companion to Themes and Contexts, chapter 3, pp.24-38 London: Continuum
  • Bartram, B. & Bailey, C. (2009) Different students, same difference? A comparison of UK and international students’ understandings of “effective teaching”, Active Learning in Higher Education, 10 (2), pp. 172-184
  • Bartram, B. (2008) Supporting international students in higher education: constructions, cultures and clashes, Teaching in Higher Education, Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 657-668
  • Bartram, B. (2007) The good, the bad and the ugly – secondary pupils’ views of good and bad practice in MFL teaching, Practical Research for Education, 37, pp. 23-30
  • Bartram, B. (2007) The socio-cultural needs of international students in higher education: a comparison of staff and student views, Journal of Studies in International Education, 11, pp. 205-214
  • Bartram, B (2006) Supporting international students in higher education – some reflections on changing motivations and possible effects, Education- Line, available at:
  • Bartram, B. (2006) The L2 classroom: pupil perspectives on pedagogy, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, 3 (1), pp. 90-101 – available at:
  • Bartram, B. (2006) Attitudes to language learning: a comparative study of peer group influences, Language Learning Journal, 33, pp. 47-52
  • Bartram, B. (2006) Parental influences on language learning, NFER Educational Research, 48 (2), pp. 211-222
  • Bartram, B. (2006) Comparing language learning attitudes in England, Germany and The Netherlands: some methodological considerations, Research in Comparative and International Education, 1 (1), 56-72.
  • Bartram, B. (2005) Choice and the French curriculum – pupil views from around Europe, Francophonie 32.
  • Bartram, B. (2005) ‘The lessons don’t influence me’: societal influences on pupils’ attitudes to foreign language learning in England, Germany and The Netherlands, Education-Line, - available at:
  • Bartram, B. (2004) Learning German: an investigation of pupil attitudes, Deutsch: Lehren und Lernen, 29, 21-24.

Conference Presentations

  • Bartram, B. (2018) School improvement through collaborative networks - a qualitative case study, Fourth International Conference on Learning and Teaching, Nanyang University, Singapore, 28 April
  • Bartram, B. (2015) A comparative study of students’ entry motivation at universities in England, Germany and Portugal, BESA annual conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 25 June 2015
  • Bartram, B. (2014) Students' Emotional Bargaining in Higher Education: a Case Study of Staff Views, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences, Reykjavik, Iceland, 24 June
  • Bartram, B. (2013) 'Emotional bargaining in higher education: a preliminary analysis', American Canadian Conference for Academic Disciplines, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, May 20-23.
  • Bartram, B. (2011) The perceived support needs of UK students studying abroad, British Education Studies Association, Manchester, 30 June, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Bartram, B. (2010) Brits abroad: the motivations of UK students to study overseas, British Education Studies Association, Bangor, 1st July, University of Bangor, UK
  • Bartram, B. (2010) The experiences and support needs of UK students abroads, Canada International Conference on Education, April 26-28, Toronto, Canada
  • Bartram, B (2007) International students – characteristics, clashes and cultures, 29 May, ATINER Conference, Athens, Greece.

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