London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Diversity Professional Resource Support Network for Teacher Training (Multiverse)

Funded by

the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)


September 2003 — September 2006 (extended to August 2010)


This is a consortium project, with the lead institution being London Metropolitan University. The University agencies responsible for delivering the project are the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) and the Department of Education. Other institutions in the consortium include: University of East London; Middlesex University, University of Sunderland, Northumbria University; University of Chichester, University of Northampton, St Martin's College (Lancaster), 3T Productions Ltd. (a subsidiary of Research Machines plc.) and Trentham Books.

Multiverse started in September 2003 and was initially funded for three years until September 2006 (£1.4 Million in total). The TDA extended the funding for a further two years until August 2008 (£558,000) and has extended the project until June 2009. The aim of the project is to support teacher educators in preparing student teachers and trainees to meet the challenge of maximising the achievement of pupils from diverse backgrounds. The need for such a project is underlined by TDA surveys of newly qualified teachers (NQT's) which show that many NQTs report that their initial teaching training has not prepared them sufficiently well to effectively teach pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds including those pupils with English as an additional language.

In order to assure more effective preparation of teacher educators, student teachers and trainees, the project has developed a website ( containing a comprehensive collection of resources that focus on exploring diversity and achievement. Diversity is defined by the consortium as encompassing 'race' and ethnicity, social class status, and the experience of bilingual and multilingual learners, refugees, asylum seekers and travellers. The resources include Initial Teacher Education (ITE) learning and teaching materials, reports, academic papers, articles from the media, and video clips. The website has over 900 resources, 22,000 registered users, and on average 1500 downloads a day (March 2010).

Networking is a key part of the project. Multiverse organises national and regional conferences that enable the ITE community to share good practice, and build on links with local authorities and community groups.


Project Management

The Management Board is composed of representatives from each of the participating institutions, plus a co-opted member from the Institute of Education.

Director: Sumi Hollingworth (IPSE)

Dep. Director: Vini Lander (Chichester)

Chair: Richard Tufnell (Middlesex)

Dep. Chair: Alistair Ross (IPSE)

Project Administrator: Angela Kamara (IPSE)

Ian Stacey (3T Productions Ltd)

John Hammond (St. Martin's, Lancaster)

Jane Davies (Sunderland)

Chris Derrington (Northampton),

Steve Rawlinson (Northumbria)

Raymonde Sneddon (East London)

Heidi Mirza (Institute of Education)


Sumi Hollingworth (Director)-

Angela Kamara (Administrator) —


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