Department of Education

Professor Jeff Thompson awarded honorary degree

Mon Jul 28 09:44:00 BST 2014


Jeff Thompson

— Professor Jeff Thompson received the honorary degree of Doctor of Education (EdD).


At the Department of Education’s degree congregation on Thursday 3 July 2014, the Vice Chancellor awarded Professor Jeff Thompson the honorary degree of Doctor of Education (EdD).

The University Orator, Dr Mary Hayden (Head of the Department of Education) spoke of the enormous contribution Professor Thompson has made over a long career not only to the Department (and previously) School of Education, but also to the University more widely and to education at both national and international levels.

Since arriving at Bath in 1979 Jeff Thompson has been Head of School/Department of Education on three occasions, as well as Arts Area Chair (precursor to the role of Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences) and Pro Vice Chancellor.

He has brought in to the School/Department of Education over £5 million of funding through research, consultancy and other projects, and has led numerous innovations – including, in 1997, leading the launch of the EdD, the University’s first professional doctorate.

Formally Emeritus Professor of Education since 2005, Jeff Thompson has continued to publish, to teach and to supervise research at Masters and Doctoral level in the area of international education. Nationally, he has held numerous leadership roles.

Honours bestowed on Jeff include Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Education, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and Freeman of the City of London.

Internationally, Jeff Thompson was involved from its earliest days in the development of the now well-established International Baccalaureate (IB), and has since been involved with the IB in a number of capacities. As an indication of the esteem in which he is held within the IB organisation, the Jeff Thompson Research Award was instituted by the IB to fund research by teachers worldwide. He has received honours internationally from the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the International Schools’ Association (ISA), and continues to play a leading role in a number of international education organisations.

Further information

View a copy of the full oration.