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Saira Weiner

School of Education

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

I am a Senior Lecturer in Education Early Childhood Studies, currently teaching on the Education Studies Programme (Core modules plus some on the Ed Studies and Special and Inclusive Needs programme).

I have a history of teaching in schools, and a particular interest in social justice.

I am currently writing around the area of neo-liberalism and its impact on the Academy. I presented earlier this year at the Nordic Educational Research Association Conference in Gothenburg with my mother, a retired academic, using autobiography as a research method to look at generational changes within Higher Education, with a focus on political activism.


Spanish; Castilian


2010, University of Manchester, U.K., Masters in Education (Inclusion)
1996, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, PGCE (Secondary Education: History with English)
1992, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, BA Politics and Modern History


2014, Higher Education Academy, Fellow

Academic appointments

Associate Lecturer, Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2011 - 2013
Research Assistant, Education, University of Manchester, 2010 - 2012

Conference publication

Weiner S, Weiner G. 2015. You’re trouble you are, just like your mother! An intergenerational autobiographical narrative on activism in Higher Education NERA 2015 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Books (authored)

Ainscow M, Dyson A, Weiner S. 2013. From Exclusion to Inclusion Ways of Responding in Schools to Students with Special Educational Needs 9781909437258

Journal article

Weiner SA. 2005. Journal of In-Service Education Journal of In-Service Education, :600-601 Publisher Url

Other invited event:

VI International Conference on Critical Education, Middlesex University, Invited to be speaker at Plenary session of Conference (organiser. 2016

Conference presentation:

You’re trouble you are, just like your mother! An intergenerational autobiographical narrative on activism in Higher Education, Nordic Educational REsearch Association Conferenec, Gothenburg, Oral presentation. 2015

Industrial connections:

University and College Union, National Executive Member Chair of Women's Standing Committee. 2014

Teaching qualification:

PGCE. 1996

Other Professional Activity:

Chair of UCU Women's Committee. Led delegation to TUC Women's Congress 2016. UCU NEC member 2014-2016.