Photograph of Dr Richard Davies.Dr Richard Davies

Lecturer in Education
1986 BSc. (Hons) Physics, University of Manchester
1990 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Jesus College, Oxford
1996 MA Values in Education (Philosophical Perspectives, University of London
2003 DPhil (Philosophy of Education/Curriculum Development), Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
2007 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Leadership (with distinction), University of Leicester
2002 Basic Expedition Leaders’ Award, CCPR


Office: Room 2.38 School of Education and Lifelong Learning Aberystwyth University P5 Penglais Campus Aberystwyth, Ceredigion Wales, SY23 3UX
Phone: Tel Ext: 01970 622110


Masters in Educational Practice

Teaching Areas

Masters in Educational Practice


I am primarily concerned with philosophical and theological aspects of educational policy and practice, especially in informal and community contexts. I have recently written on elective home education, professional development and ethics in youth work. 


Having begun as a physicist, I transferred my affections to philosophy, and philosophy of education in particular.

I am an Executive Officer of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and the Convenor of the Philosophy of Education Special Interest Group at the British Educational Research Association. I also sit on BERA’s Membership and Engagement Committee.

I was, for many years, a youth worker in the evangelical wing of the Church of England.

I am online as @RichardTaff

Working and draft copies of papers can be found at




Davies, R. 2016. Ceaselessly Exploring, Arriving Where We Started and Knowing It for the First Time. Studies in Philosophy and Education 10.1007/s11217-016-9515-6

Davies, R. 2016. Common sense and the craft of teaching. In M. Hand, R. Davies (eds), Education, Ethics and Experience: Essays in honour of Richard Pring. Taylor & Francis pp. 98-108.

Davies, R. 2016. Home education: then and now. In C. De Bellaigue (ed), Home Education in Historical Perspective Domestic pedagogies in England and Wales, 1750-1900. Taylor & Francis

Davies, R. 2016. Youth work and ethics: why the 'professional turn' won't do. Ethics and Education 11 (2) pp. 186-196. 10.1080/17449642.2016.1182309


Hand, M., Davies, R. 2015. Education, ethics and experience: Essays in honour of Richard Pring. Taylor & Francis

Davies, R. 2015. Home education: then and now. Oxford Review of Education 41 (4) pp. 534-548. 10.1080/03054985.2015.1048119