Personal profile


Dr Geoffrey (Geoff) Hinchliffe worked in the IT industry for several years before moving into adult education. He joined UEA in 2000 and has worked in the areas of student employability and academic practice, chiefly on the MA-HEP. During that time he also published on the area of skills, employability and the philosophy of education. He has a particular interest in the relationship between freedom and education. His most recent publication is on the subject of academic judgement. Geoff has also contributed to the teaching on the B.Ed programme since 2011 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Key Research Interests

Research publications 


Hinchliffe, G (2017), Education, Learning and Freedom in Journal of Philosophy of Education 


Hinchliffe, G (2013), On the need for well-founded Educational Authority in England, Oxford Review of Education, 39 (6). pp. 1-17 

Hinchliffe, G (2011), What is a Significant Educational Experience, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol 45, No 3, p. 417-432 

Hinchliffe, G and Jolly A (2011), Graduate Identity and Employability, British Educational Research Journal, Vol 37, No 4, p.563-584

Hinchliffe, G (2010), Action in a Shared World, Teachers College Record, Vol. 112, No. 2,  p. 446-463

Hinchliffe, G (2009), Capability and Deliberation, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 28. No. 5, p. 403-413

Hinchliffe, G and Terzi, L (co-editors), Introduction to special issue of Studies in Philosophy and Education titled “Capability and Education”

Hinchliffe, G (2007), Truth and the Capability of Learning , Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 41 No 2, p.221-232.

Hinchliffe, G (2007) Beyond key skills: a capability approach to personal development, Prospero, Vol. 13 , p. 5-13.

Hinchliffe, G (2006) Plato and the Love of Learning, Ethics and Education, Vol. 1, No 2, p.117-131.

Hinchliffe, G (2006), Rethinking Lifelong Learning, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 25, p.93-109.

Hinchliffe, G (2004), Work and Human Flourishing, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol. 36.No 5, p.525-547.

Hinchliffe, G (2002), Situating Skills, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 36.2, p.187-205.

Hinchliffe, G (2001) Education and Pedagogy, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 35.1, p.31-46.


Other research activity



Geoff Hinchliffe is working on a book provisionally entitled Beyond Modernity: New Horizons for Education which argues that a narrative of education for the 21st century needs to re-acquaint itself with both Enlightenment and Romantic values.


Liberty and Education: a civic republican approach (2014, Routledge)  

This book takes the thinking of Quentin Skinner, Phillip Pettit and J.G.A. Pocock on republican liberty and explores the way in which this can be used to illuminate educational practice. It argues that republican liberty is distinct from both negative and positive liberty and its emphasis on liberty as non-domination gives the concept of liberty a particularly critical role in contemporary society. The book formulates and expounds the idea that an empire of liberty requires the existence of what are termed ‘liberty-bearing agents’ and shows how education – with a particular emphasis on knowledge - is needed to foster the human powers so that persons can become liberty-bearing.


Dr. Hinchliffe  has given papers over the last 10 years to a range of conferences including Philosophy of Education Society (PESGB), British Educational Research Association (BERA), Human Development Capabilities Association (HDCA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE). In addition to this, Geoffrey has also given a number of talks at conferences and seminars on graduate skills and employability.



Teaching Interests

Geoffrey started to teach philosophy in adult education back in 1995 and continued to do that until 2008. His teaching now falls into two distinct strands:

1)     Contributing to the teaching of educational theory and the history of education for the BA undergraduate programme in Education.

2)    He assists in the development of early careers academics with a particular focus on developing their teaching capabilities.

He is also interested in contributing in the development of a richer and well-founded vocational education in the UK.

He maintains an interest in student employability, going back to the early ‘noughties.