Mr Russell Shobrook

Mr Russell Shobrook

Lecturer in Post-16 Education & Training

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Deputy Programme Leader and Lecturer for the PGCE Diploma in Education and Training

PGCE/Cert Ed (Inc DET) Partnership Coordinator 
Member of the Faculty Research Ethics committee
Member of the Faculty Academic Offences panel
Member of the Faculty Professional Issue committee
Member of the Voice, Inclusion and Participation research cluster


Master of Arts Degree-(Education)                        2009        

ABNLP Certified NLP and Hypnosis practitioner     2007

BA (Hons) Education and Training                        2005

Certificate of Education-PCET                              2003

Professional membership

Member of the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS)

Roles on external bodies

Chief External Examiner for PGCE/Cert Ed ((inc DET) Programmes at Greenwich University

Teaching interests

My teaching interests range from PGCE Diploma Education and Training to the sociological aspects of Military training. I am currently undertaking a PhD (Due 2016) looking from a Bourdieusian perspective at the experiences of Royal Navy and Royal Marine instructors. I have a particular interest in mentoring and coaching and have worked with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines developing these approaches in their training programmes.

Staff serving as external examiners

Chief External Examiner PGCE/Cert Ed (Inc DET) University of Greenwich

Research interests

I am a part-time PhD student. The theme of my PhD is how Royal Navy and Royal Marine instructors experience the change from specialist to instructor. The theoretical framework is influenced  by the work of Bourdieu. I have used a Wengraf's biographical narrative interpretive approach to data collection to 9 individual create case studies. 

I am also interested in the relational aspects of sociological theories and their impact on Initial Teacher Education. 

Shobrook, R (2010) Arguments for the Continuation of Education within the Royal Navy in  ITEMS: The Journal of Royal Navy Training Management. RN:Portsmouth
Shobrook, R. (2011) The Two Rs of Mentoring: Listening to the mentors of trainee teachers. in Teaching in Lifelong Learning Vol 3 Iss 1 pp40-51

Reports & invited lectures

Mentoring in ITE PCET-UCETT Annual Conference 2010
Improving mentoring in ITE-EAPRIL Conference, Lisbon 2010
Experiences of PhD study to Plymouth University EdD students 2014
Introduction to Biographical Narratives as a data collection method Plymouth University Post-Graduate conference 2014
Workshop on researcher positionality-EAPRIL Conference, Nicosia 2014
Workshop on Symbolically violent organisations-EAPRIL Conference Luxembourg 2015