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Dr. Toby Purser

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer in Education (ECYP)
  • Department: Education, Children & Young People

General information

Toby holds a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford (1992), a Master of Studies (MSt) in Historical Research also from Oxford (1995) and a PhD from the University of Southampton (2001). He specialised in Medieval History at postgraduate level, with special reference to aristocratic societies in the period c1066-c1500. In 2001 Toby also gained a PGCE from the University of Bath. He taught to classroom level, head of department and finally deputy head i/c academic in a variety of maintained, independent and FE institutions before returning to HE.


Toby teaches on the following EDU modules:

  • 1011 (Introduction to Education Studies)
  • 1003 (Recent and Contemporary Issues in Education)
  • 1023 (Children, Young People, Their Rights and the Law)
  • 2025 (Transitions for Children, Young People and their Families)
  • 2026 (History of Childhood), 3004 (Education, Culture & Society)
  • 3028 (Great Educators), leading on the 1011, 2025, 2026, 3004 and 3028 modules.


Toby is currently researching the impact of increased levels of learning and literacy in the late nineteenth century on the rise of patriotism and its contribution towards the mass recruitment in 1914 at the outbreak of the First Word War.

He is also involved in researching the Holocaust, visits to museums and camps and their impact on students.

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