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Name change for University's specialist centre


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 University.

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 programme.  


Professor Clive Dimmock
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.


  • 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 been offered.

  • 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 Secretariat.

  • In 1999, a second Professor in Educational Management, Professor Les Bell, was appointed. 

David Middlewood
Deputy Director
October 2002

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