Faculty of Education and Social Work

News and events

Find out about the latest news and events at the Centre.


Beverley Randell with Jan Gaffney and Meg Jacobs.
Centre director Professor Jan Gaffney (middle) and research fellow Meg Jacobs (left) with Beverley Randell, New Zealand literacy icon and children’s author.

Joy Cowley engages in story with the faculty

Joy Cowley met with postgraduate students researching in the field of early childhood education and storytelling before delivering a public lecture titled, finding truth in story, hosted by the faculty.

Leading literacy - Radio NZ

Professor Janet Gaffney and student Adena Emanuel are interviewed on Radio NZ about their research showing how the development of young readers and writers here in New Zealand has set an example to the rest of the world.

Project will capture New Zealand’s literary history

Adena Emanuel is only 21-years old, but she’s helping research New Zealand’s long and successful history of literacy teaching and learning spanning over 100 years.

Anonymous donation funds the establishment of an early-literacy scholar in the Marie Clay Research Centre

A long-time admirer of the work of Dame Marie Clay has made a significant anonymous donation.

Celebrating New Zealand literary pioneers: Dame Marie Clay and renowned children’s author Beverley Randell

Dame Marie Clay’s research has had a profound effect on children's book author, Beverley Randell.

Marie Clay Research Centre launched

Read about the launch of the Centre on Epsom Campus.

Tribute to international pioneer in education

Faculty staff and family of Dame Marie Clay attended a tribute to Professor Emerita Dame Marie Clay in April 2013.  

Keep an eye out for upcoming events!

Past events/ seminars

Finding truth in story: Seminar by Joy Cowley

22 June 2017 | 4:30 - 5:30pm | J1 Lecture Theatre, Epsom Campus

We are a story-making species. As soon as two people get-together, we have story. Join Joy Cowley in this seminar as she analyses the many facets of storytelling.  

Advocating for Children through Critical Appraisal of Teaching Resources

28 June 2017 | Social (1:30 - 2:00) Seminar (2:00 - 3:30 ) | N-614, Epsom Campus

 The advocacy role of teachers for children will be discussed along with criteria for evaluating teaching resources. Teachers will briefly share critical appraisals of a ready-made programme, curriculum material or resource. 

2017 Talking Matters Summit

6 September 2017 | 9am-5pm | Ellerslie Convention Centre

The Summit will be an exciting opportunity to focus collectively on early language. Talk is vital for our children to develop as confident thinkers, talkers and readers – in whatever languages they use.

Lead My Learning & the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

3 November 2016 | 11am-12.30pm | C Block, Epsom Campus

In this presentation, Nyssa Murray and Professor Valerie Harwood will be sharing their work experiences on two projects that seek to promote educational futures: LEAD MY LEARNING and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).

ECE Seminar Series and the Marie Clay Research Centre presents: Early writing - Insights from the analysis of children’s texts

2 September 2016 | 4.30-5.30pm | J1 Lecture theatre, Epsom Campus

Associate Professor Janet Scull is an experienced language and literacy educator and, as a key author of the Victorian Early Years Literary Program, has contributed to the design of systemic approaches to literacy teaching and learning.