Malcolm Richards

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University of Exeter

Doctoral researcher, independent. 

My doctoral thesis (2019-2022) draws upon ethnography, critical race methodologies and critical pedagogies to examine how teachers relate their funds of identity with Black British cultures in processes of digital resource mediation for schools across the Southwest of England.


University of Exeter

MPhil in Education (Upgrade to PhD) Within a context of teacher education and development, examining how Black British educators draw upon funds of knowledge to evaluate digital resources for dialogue about race, anti-racism and social justice in rural primary and secondary schools in England and Wales. Pass with no corrections.


University of Exeter

MA in Education (Technology, Creativity and Thinking) Counter stories and narratives from Black British educators, examining how themes of race and racism are examined in dialogic methodogies in UK primary and secondary schools. Merit.


Professional/research experience

April 25 2022:

University of West England

Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education

September 1 2021:

University of Exeter

Project Lead and PhD Researcher. Introduction to Black British Studies: A interdisciplinary module for University of Exeter. (Humanities and Graduate School of Education). Funded by Exeter Education Incubator and Centre for Social Mobility (2021). Link:

September 1 2021:

University of Exeter

PhD Researcher. IICE: International Institute for Cultural Enquiry Development Fund Recipient 2021/22 with Dr Kate Wallis (English). Funded project to create, develop and implement a creative arts and literary festival in partnership with Africa Writes, Bookbag, Sasen! and partners across East Africa and Devon.

September 2021:

University of Exeter

The European Centre for Environmental and Human Health (ECEHH): Recognised researcher. Developing an interdisciplinary approach to understand contexts  and impacts of racism and colonialism within environment and health research through ethnographic stuies. Funded by UKRI EDI 2021/22


February 1 2021 - July 31 2021:

Graduate Research Assistant. De/colonizing Relationships in Teacher Education with Dr Fran Martin (University of Exeter) and Prof. Fatmakhanu (fatima) Pirbhai-Illich (University of Regina). Link: 

October 1 2020 - July 31 2021:

Graduate Research Assistant for Cultural Community Mentoring Project (CCMP) with Dr Sana Rizvi and Helen Knowler. A research project which develops and implements an innovative mentoring framework connecting Black, Indigenous People of Colour (BIPOC) students and trainees with experienced BIPOC educators. Link:


University of Exeter

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Level 2)

2015 - 2019:

Devon County Council

Safeguarding Child Protection (Level 3)


Society for Education & Training

Qualified Teaching and Learning Status (QTLS)


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Associate Fellow - Advance HE

Associate Fellowship of ASPIRE and the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), and Advanced Certificate in Higher Education.


Dialogic Pedagogy:An International Online Journal

Section Editor for Dialogic Pedagogy:An International Online Journal. Reporting to Prof. Eugene Matusov (Editor) and Prof. Ana Marjanovic-Shane (Deputy editor-in-cheif)


(BERA) British Educational Research Association

Member of British Educational Research Association (BERA) since 2020.


(EARLI) European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction

Member since 2019.


Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

Member of Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain since 2018


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow

In 2014 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship.

My project was based upon the theme of ‘Helping Britain's young, socially excluded to achieve in schools through global alternative or supplementary education’. As part of this action research project, I spent six weeks visiting community-based educators, academics, charities and self-funded organisations across Denmark, Sweden (Scandinavia), United States (New York, New Orleans), St Lucia (Caribbean) and Guyana (South America). This work was deceminated through report, presentation, community lectures and teacher trade union dialogues.






National Education Union

Between 2011 and 2021, I was a member of the National Education Union (formely the National Union of Teachers).