Staff Profiles


Dr Simon Hoult

Faculty Director of Secondary Initial Teacher Education

School: Faculty of Education Postgraduate Programmes

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922446

Profile summary

My work at Canterbury  focuses on postgradaute taught and research programmes. After many years teaching and leading Initial Teacher Education I am now the director of the Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme and organise Postgraduate conferences for our Masters and Doctoral students in the Faculty of Education. 

Research and knowledge exchange

My research focuses on learning from intercultural engagements with the cultural 'Other'.  It formed the basis of my PhD which used postcolonial theory and a post-structuralist methodlogy to investigate student teachers' learning during a South Indian study visit. My most recent publications have drawn on these ideas to consider aspects of interculturalism and using a postcolonial lens to consider English medium schools in India. 

Completed Doctoral Supervision 

Paul Hunt: Seeking to find a place for spiritual transcendence through engaging with earthquake images in geography textbooks

Sox Sibanda:  In Search of Social Justice through Ubuntu: A Critical Analysis of Zimbabwe’s Post-colonial Education for All (EFA) Policy


Doctoral Supervision in Progress

Mat Brown: A policy analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework’s notion of competition for UK higher education (viva pending)

Fatima Boukeffa: Algerian Female EFL University Teachers’Experiences of CPD (submits in 2020)

Baya Saci: An Ethnography: English language learner autonomy in informal contexts (submits in 2020)

Zina Lehef: The Experiences of International Postgraduate Students in UK universities in Reading Academic Texts Critically (Co-supervising with Dr Patricia Driscoll) (submits in 2020)

Angela Wilson: The expectations, experiences and influences that underpin the decisions and choices of healthcare professionals from the 'Global North' who volunteer (to work) in the 'Global South' (submits in 2021)

Naomi Lumutenga: Experiences of Overseas Trained Teachers in England (submits in 2023)


Doctoral Examinations

Jennifer Clement (2017) Spatially Democratic Pedagogy: A pedagogical intervention to support children’s design and co-creation of classroom space. A new trajectory for Froebel’s Kindergarten spaces?

Martin Jamieson (2018) Creating Space to Understand school-based community development within a Rural Malawian Community

Roger Ayinselya (2019) Exploring Teachers’ Sense of Professional Identity in Relation to their Experiences in Two Deprived Rural Districts of Northern Ghana

Teaching and subject expertise

My subject expertise lies in the areas of learning from intercultural expereinces, postcolonialism in education and geographical education. I teach on the Doctorate in Education (EdD) as well as the MA in Global and International Education and MA Education. I supervise doctoral research mostly in the areas of intercultural and international education and take a co-lead in a Culture, Language and International Education (CLIER) research group.  I am a member of the Geographical Association, Society for Research in Higher Education, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

External activities

I am currently the external examiner for two programmes at Birkbeck, University of London focused on developing the teaching expertise of new academics and postgraduarte research students. I take a lead for our International Development Group on partnerships and activities with institutions in the Indian Sub-continent including with  institutions associated with the Church of South India and the University of Kerala. Asssociated with this  I am the editor of a jointly published journal with the CSI College of Education, Parasalla, Kerala, South India entitled JUPITER. Until recently I was the chair of WEDG (World Education Development Group) which was a local NGO focusing on Development Education and Global Citizenship issues. 

Publications and research outputs

Recent Publications include:

Lal, C.A. and Hoult. S. (2019) An imperial relic or preparation for global society: what are the issues of having English-medium schools? Chapter in Perspectives on Educational Practice Around the World by Sue Hammond and Margaret Sangster (Eds). London, Bloomsbury

Lal, C.A. and Hoult. S. (2019) What can be gained from intercultural engagements? Chapter in Perspectives on Educational Practice Around the World by Sue Hammond and Margaret Sangster (Eds). London, Bloomsbury

Hoult, S. (2017) Aspiring to a postcolonial pedagogy through engagement with the Other: deepening intercultural learning from a South Indian Study Visit, chapter in Intercultural Interventions in Study Abroad, Jane Jackson and Susan Oguro (Eds.)  Abingdon, Routledge. 

Hoult, S. and Lal, C.A. (eds.) (2015) Bridging the Gaps: Critical Reflections on Intercultural Learning. Trivandrum: Bodhi Tree Books.


Hoult, S. (2015) Geography and Citizenship, chapter in Liam Gearon (ed) Learning to Teach Citizenship in the Secondary School. Abingdon: Routledge.


Hoult, S. (2015) An Introduction to Geography, chapter in The Primary Curriculum: A Creative Approach (2nd Edition) by Patricia Driscoll,  Andrew Lambirth  and Judith Roden (eds), London, Sage Publishing.


Hoult, S. (2014) Using fiction alongside empirical data: Intercultural learning in South India, Littcrit: An Indian Response to Literature. Issue 77, Vol.40 No. 1  June 2014.


Hoult, S. and Skinner, P (2014)  Developing a Researched Informed Pedagogy for Initial Teacher Education, Journal of United Progressive Initiatives in Teacher Education Research, Vol. 2, Issue 1. January 2014.


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