change for University's specialist centre
EMDU to CELM
The University's Educational Management
Development Unit (EMDU), part of the School of Education, recently celebrated
its tenth anniversary with the inauguration of the Centre for Educational
Leadership and Management (CELM), EMDU's new title.
The change of name was instigated by
Professor Clive Dimmock, who took up his post as Director at CELM in July 2001,
following the appointment of Tony Bush to a professorial post at Reading
Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess
was present at a celebratory reception at the Northampton Centre on Thursday,
September 19, 2002. The Vice-Chancellor spoke warmly of
the achievements of EMDU. He praised
the Unit for its outstanding record in innovation and its significant
contribution to educational management. He
also thanked EMDU for its contribution to the University’s research
Professor Clive Dimmock
|Professor Tony Bush, former Director of
EMDU, spoke briefly on the formation of the Unit and how much he had enjoyed
working there, thanking colleagues past and present for their work.
Professor Clive Dimmock, Director of CELM, referred to the future and
its increasing emphasis on educational leadership. He hoped that CELM would
build on the considerable achievements and success of EMDU. The reception was
attended by many colleagues and friends.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert
Burgess and Professor Tony Bush at the celebratory reception.
EMDU FACT FILE:
The Educational Management Development
Unit (EMDU) was formed in 1992 as a specialist centre for educational
management of the University’s School of Education. This was the first time a chair in this discipline of education had
There has been a University of Leicester Centre
in the town since the 1950s (Teacher Training and Adult Education), with
strong links with Northamptonshire LEA. The LEA – along with a company
called Digital were EMDU’s foundation sponsors.
EMDU opened with just four people – its
first Director, Professor Tony Bush, two Lecturers (Marianne Coleman and David
Middlewood) and Tony’s PA – Mrs Pip Murray.
David (now Deputy Director) and Pip (now Chief administrator)
continue to work at the Centre.
In 1994, under its Director John
West-Burnham, EMDU introduced the MBA by distance learning, with the largest
number of students following such a degree course in the country.
EMDU grew to nine
academic staff and twelve associate staff, becoming the largest specialist
centre in educational management in the country - probably in Europe, its distance learning MBA
available in over 40 countries.
The school-based Master's degree course,
where teachers are taught and tutored on their own sites has grown from two
schools to over 30 at any one time and again is easily the country’s biggest
provider of site-based higher degrees.
The Doctorate in Education was introduced
later and, from among its first graduates are two present academic members of
staff, Robert Smith and Mark Brundrett.
EMDU also boasts an outstanding record for
publications: the series Educational Management: Research and Practice
was launched in 1997, and, when the series ends in 2002/03, ten books will
have been produced, contributing significantly to the School of Education’s
RAE submission (sales total over 11,000 copies to date).
Notable research projects have included
research in China and in South Africa, where a team of four EMDU staff have
contributed in a significant way to school management development. The
research was followed up by three books, published by the Commonwealth
In 1999, a second Professor in Educational
Management, Professor Les Bell, was appointed.
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