Professor Martin Ashley

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Education



Research Interests:
Choral singing, the boys’ changing voice and the secular trend in puberty, Masculinity, boyhood studies and the leadership of young males, Subject knowledge and pedagogy in Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three

FHEA, Higher Education Academy, 2007, PGCert HE, University of the West of England, 2001, Ph.D., University of the West of England, Bristol, Value as a reason for action in environmental education, 1998, M.Phil., University of the West of England, Bristol, Peer Attachments and social deviancy in the primary school, 1993, B.Ed., University of London, Music, science and PE, middle years with QTS, 1979, LTCL, Trinity College of Music, London, organ, performer., 1978


I joined Edge Hill University in 2007 from UWE Bristol as a Reader in Education where I had held an AHRC research fellowship in masculinity and singing. I became Head of Research in 2008. I had previously taught for seventeen years in maintained and independent schools and before that, worked for the BBC in television film sound. My main research interest is in boys’ participation in choral singing and the development of boys’ voices during early adolescence. I have published two books and a substantial number of research papers about this. Two further books on this topic are currently in press. At Edge Hill I received a second large research grant from the AHRC to work with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the University of York. I continue to promote training and developmenmore...

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