Dr Russell Shobrook

Dr Russell Shobrook

Lecturer in Post-16 Education & Training

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Russell can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Royal Navy
  • Education
  • Military education
  • Personnel Development Policy
  • Royal Marines
  • Royal Air Force

Programme Leader and Lecturer for the PGCE/Cert Ed Diploma in Education and Training

PGCE/Cert Ed (Inc DET) Partnership Director 
Second Supervisor for Two FT PhD students examining educational leadership
Second Supervisor one PT EdD student examining the concept of fundamental British values
Member of the Faculty Apeals and Complaints committee
Member of the Faculty Academic Offences panel
Member of the Faculty Professional Issues committee
Member of the Social Policy research Cluster
Member of the Military Education Committee


PhD Education: The development of the RN Habitus       2017

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

Fellow of the Society of Education and Training
Member of the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning
Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS)

Roles on external bodies

External Examiner for PGCE/Cert Ed ((inc DET) Programmes at University of Hull

Professional Formation and QTLS reviewer for Society of Education and Training
Member of the editorial board for JET-Journal of Education for Teaching: international research and pedagogy

Teaching interests

My teaching interests range from PGCE Diploma Education and Training to the sociological aspects of Military training. I have recently compled a PhD, titled 'Greenies, Growlers and Goffers: The development of the Royal Navy habitus' looking from a Bourdieusian perspective at the experiences of Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel. 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

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

Research interests

I am interested in the relational aspects of sociological theories and their impact on Initial Teacher Education and the wider education milieu. I am particularly interested in educational policy and sociological aspects of its implementation and impact 


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
Shobrook, R. (2016) Education for Sustainable Development: That’s Exciting-Taking ‘Exciting’ back to its originalmeaning of initiating action in Cutting,R. Summers, D (2016) Education for Sustainable Development in Further Education. Palgrave: London

Reports & invited lectures

Shobrook, R. (2010) Mentoring in ITE PCET-UCETT Annual Conference

Shobrook, R. (2010) Improving mentoring in ITE-EAPRIL Conference, Lisbon

Shobrook, R. (2014) Experiences of PhD study to Plymouth University EdD students

Shobrook, R. (2014) Introduction to Biographical Narratives as a data collection method Plymouth University Post-Graduate conference

Shobrook, R. (2014) Workshop on researcher positionality-EAPRIL Conference, Nicosia

Shobrook R. (2015) The Royal NavyHabitus: Developing an identity in a military organisation. Presentation at the2015 EAPRIL Conference: Beval, Luxembourg.

Shobrook, R. (2016) Pub PhD: Howdo people experience the transition from civilian to Royal Navy personnel?

Shobrook, R. (2017) Experiences of PhD study-Plenary session. Plymouth University Post-Graduate conference 

Other academic activities

I have extensive experience in Military eduction and training in terms of policy development, schemes of work (IPSEC) and Instructor development.