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Professor Philip Gammage

Professor Philip Gammage (BA, M.Ed, Ac Dip.Ed, ACP, PhD, C.Psych, AFBPsS, FRSA) started his career as a teacher in London in 1960, after education in Oxford, national service in the RAF and reading English at Goldsmiths' College.

Later he studied Comparative Educational Policy and Psychology at London, Leicester and Bristol Universities, completing a PhD in psychology in 1973. He was Senior Lecturer at Furzedown College, London, then Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Bristol University, Visiting Fellow at Michigan, USA, ‘Drapers’ Visiting Fellow at UNE (Armidale, NSW), and subsequently held several visiting professorships in North America (including Lansdown Scholar at Victoria, BC) before becoming Professor, Chairman of School and then Dean at the University of Nottingham. 

Philip retired from the University of Nottingham in 1996, where he is Emeritus Professor. He is also Emeritus Professor from Oulu University (Finland) and Chairman of the CREC Trustees in England.

Until December 2002 Philip held the de Lissa Chair in early childhood (research), an unique appointment, supported by the de Lissa Trust Fund and linking the University of South Australia with the Department for Education & Child Development.

This was a five-year contract for six/seven months in each year, enabling him to sustain work in the northern hemisphere. From April 2003 he has been acting as 'professorial adviser' to the Department for Education & Child Development, South Australia. 

Until 1997 Philip was President of the British Association of Early Childhood Education and Chair of the Tutors for Advanced Courses in Early Childhood Education. 

Philip was a member of the Start Right Committee on Early Childhood. He also sat on the Royal College of Physicians Inquiry into Alcohol and Adolescents, the National Curriculum Council and the Cancer Research Campaign (psychological medicine) Grants Committee. He is currently a member of a Welsh action group PACE (Passion and Commitment to Education). 

Philip is review editor of European Early Childhood Education Research Journal and Early Years, and author or co-author of seven books and many papers. Philip has held substantial research grants in fields as diverse as smoking in children and early childhood curricula and has active and continuing experience of some sixteen countries.

His particular interests lie in early childhood socialisation and in comparative policy and social psychology. He designed materials for the Major Longitudinal Cohort Study in England (CHES 1970 onwards) and is currently engaged in researching outcomes and dispositions in early childhood education and care in South Australia. 

Philip has examined or supervised some sixty PhDs over the years, participated in many TV and radio broadcasts and given numerous keynote addresses throughout the world on early childhood during that period. 

Philip has been adviser on national and government committees, including the parliamentary committee redrawing the Education and Children's Acts in South Australia. He was senior writer for the thematic review of ECEC in Finland (OECD, 2001) and chairs several early childhood research committees in the UK. 

He was a member of the Steering Group for the South Australian Ministerial 'Inquiry into Early Childhood Services: The Virtual Village' and wrote the background research report for the Inquiry. He is a member of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, a committee of Premier and Cabinet. In May 2006, Philip accepted an honorary doctorate, for services to education, from the government and from the University of Oulu, in Finland.

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