Sam Bamkin

Job: Senior Lecturer in Education

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: Hawthorn Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8832




Personal profile

Sam Bamkin is Lecturer in Education with interests in learning, language and culture from practical and comparative perspectives. He leads modules in Radical Educations, Comparative education and Intercultural Business Communication, in addition to undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision. This allows for in depth interdisciplinary enquiry in partnership with students and flexibility for innovative teaching based on cutting edge pedagogy. He has also this year founded a new module on Global Comparative Education, focusing on East Asian perspectives and Global issues. 

In addition to pedagogical and curriculum innovation, Sam continues research moral education in Japan and elsewhere, language education and higher education pedagogy. He is also active in promoting the societal and personal good of intellectual engaging with non-Western thought. 

In previous academic roles, Sam led on language development, offered workshops on language or experiment design to over 25 programmes of study, taught writing to scientists and worked with students to develop academic practices, particularly developing critical thought. He has held lectureships in the interdisciplinary areas of Language Development and Education.


Research group affiliations

Research interests/expertise

Japanese education; Moral education; Comparative Education (East Asia, UK); Radical educations; innovative teaching and learning; language and cognition; epistemology; critical theory; Japanese and East Asian perspectives.  


Areas of teaching

  • Radical Education (BA Education Studies). Lead.
  • Global Comparative Education (BA) Founding lead.
  • Dissertation (BA) Supervision
  • Key Skills for International Communication (MSc Intercultural Business Communication) Founding lead.
  • Intercultural Communication in Practice (MSc). Founding lead.
  • Dissertation (MSc) Supervision in Intercultural Business Communication

Communication in intercultural contexts draws on experience and theory in business contexts to consider approaches to professional and business communication in a rapidly internationalising and intercultural world.

Radical Educations challenges our tradition thinking on how education is designed and practiced. Using interdisciplinary perspectives, we consider the problems with the current system and consider possible solutions to address challenges - particularly critical pedagogy and democratic classrooms in mainstream schooling. 

Global Comparative Education looks beyond UK borders by examining education policy and practice elsewhere. This module is global in the sense that it reaches beyond Europe, particularly toward Japan, Taiwan and East Asia; areas of the world where participating students have family or friends in compulsory education; and engages with issues of global education not normally considered in the comparative tradition (sustainability, economic development, postcolonial self-determination, etc)

Dissertation supervision is a particular joy. The best dissertation supervisions work as a partnership, allowing strong interdisciplinary currents to emerge to match individual student’s interests or areas of research.


CertHE, BA (First Class), LLM, MA, FRSA, SFHEA

Sam currently holds degrees in computing, theatre, law, legal practice, linguistics and education; and he enjoyed working in legal practice and forensics before establishing his current academic practice.

Courses taught

Current teaching

  • EDUC 3315: Radical Education (BA Education Studies). Led and taught since 2012. Updated and developed. 
  • EDUC 2327: Global Comparative Education (BA). Founded 2014. 
  • EDUC 3304: Dissertation (BA). Supervision in language education and comparative education since 2012. Led 2013-15.
  • LCBS5043 Key Skills for International Communication (MSc Intercultural Business Communication) Founded, led and taught since 2013. 
  • LCBS5044 Intercultural Communication in Practice (MSc). Founded, led and taught since 2013. 
  • LBPGS5017 Dissertation (MSc) supervision in Intercultural Business Communication since 2012. 

Previous teaching

  • EDUC 3326: Placement (BA) supervision 2012-13.
  • EDUC 2223: Young Learners and EAL (BA). Led and taught 2013-15
  • EDUC 5023: Dissertation (MA Education Practice) supervision in education Practice 2012-15


Membership of professional associations and societies

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2008 - )
Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) (2011 - )
Higher Education Academy (2012 - )

Asia Studies Development Programme Alumni Assoc (2014 - )
Churchill Fellowship (2015 - )

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