Panel discussion: marking 5 years of the Tim Morris Award

Past winners of the Tim Morris Award joined lead researchers from Education Development Trust to present key findings from their research followed by a live panel discussion which explored common themes across the diverse topics presented. The panel took place on 29 November in Reading, home of Education Development Trust's head office.

Opening the discussion, Research Director Tony McAleavy explained that the awards have become a fitting legacy in honouring the memory of Tim Morris, a key player in Education Development Trust's business development department who was instrumental in designing education and employment opportunities for the world's most disadvantaged people.

'[The award] is a great way of celebrating what Tim was passionate about in terms of the development agenda, of contributing to the enhancement of careers of some very talented colleagues and of its fit within our wider research portfolio.'

The opening address was then followed by three short presentations by each award winner. The 2013 winner, Timothy Williams, delivered an insightful presentation on his fieldwork in Rwanda emphasising the importance of understanding political and economic context when advocating change. Cyril Brandt (2016) then explored issues around educational governance and the challenges facing non-governmental organisations and donors when intervening in sensitive contexts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The final presenter, In Cheol Jang (2017), then looked at the reality of using pre-recorded video lessons and the challenges of making it work for teaching and learning based on his work in Ethiopia.

The following panel discussion explored the commonalities across the different contexts presented by each paper. The winners reflected on issues around: inclusion, language of instruction and taking people with you, and the importance of evidence and planning prior to policy implementation. The session concluded with Tony McAleavy emphasising the opportunity that Education Development Trust has – to be the voice for using the right evidence, in the right way, to inform policy.

Find out more:

Constructing schools in a recurrent armed conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo
Great expectations: aspiration, uncertainty and schooling in Rwanda

About the Tim Morris Award

Education Development Trust's Tim Morris Award offers £2,000 financial support to a PhD or MPhil student in the field of education or international development to support field research in a developing country.

Tim Morris (1982-2012) was dedicated to providing education to those less fortunate in the developing world. As a key player in our business development department, Tim was instrumental in designing and providing education and employment opportunities for the world's most disadvantaged people. Tim was just 29 when his life was tragically cut short by cancer. His unwavering passion and dedication to improve education for public benefit worldwide is why we set up the Tim Morris Award in his name. While Tim is now unable to continue working to help those most in need, this legacy will continue to make a difference.