Dr Julia Hope

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Educational Studies
Email j.hope (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5008
Dr Julia Hope

Julia Hope joined the department in 2003, after 17 years teaching in inner London schools, and two years teaching in Zimbabwe. With experience mainly in the Primary Sector, she has taught across the age ranges from Foundation stage up to Secondary, as a class teacher, English teacher, EAL teacher, and Refugee Support teacher. Immediately prior to teaching at Goldsmiths, Julia was a freelance Education Consultant, with particular expertise in Family Learning, running courses for refugee parents, and conducting training for Lewisham Education Authority.

Academic qualifications

BA in English Literature at Sussex University, 1981
PGCE at Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths College, 1987
MA in Education, Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, 2005
PhD in Education, Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, 2015


Julia Hope is Head of Programme for the MA in Children’s Literature, in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths College.  She teaches on modules for the Issues and Debates pathway of the MA in Children’s Literature, including Theory and Reading Practice, Researching Children’s Literature, and Children’s Literature and Cultural Diversity, as well as supervising dissertations on the course.  Julia also lectures on the PGCE Primary programme, where she was previously the Academic Coordinator.  She now teaches on the Studies in Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE) module and runs her own specialism in Children’s Literature for Primary teaching students.  She runs a module on the BA in Education, Culture and Society called “Children’s Literature and Controversy”.   

Area of Supervision

Currently supervising a PhD on Arab Muslim Refugee Women’s Experiences of ESOL Courses in the UK.

Professional projects

2007 – Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Goldsmiths College
2015 – Research and Enterprise Committee Award, Goldsmiths College

External Examining
2004 – 6: London Metropolitan University, University Certificate in Educational Partnership
2009 - 2015: Roehampton University, Primary PGCE, School Centred Initial Teacher Training, East London Site (SCITTELS)
2015 ongoing: University of Glasgow, School of Education, MEduc, Year 2

Research Interests

Julia’s research interests include children’s literature, refugee education, children’s literature about refugees, ESOL teaching and family learning.