Author(s): Peter Gronn
Peter Gronn graduated BA (Hons) in History and Political Science at the University of Melbourne in 1968. After completing a Diploma of Education in 1969, he was employed by the Department of Education for four years as a teacher of humanities in technical schools. He then completed a PhD at Monash in 1979 and, in 1980, was appointed Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash. Subsequently he was promoted to a personal chair in 2003. After a brief stint as a Professor at the University of Glasgow (2007-08), in 2008 Peter was appointed Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, where he remained until his retirement in 2015. He was head of Faculty at Cambridge (2011-14) and coordinated the University's bid to secure UK government approval and funding for Cambridge's new primary school, the sole primary university training school in England. The story of the University of Cambridge Primary School is recounted in his most recent book, co-edited with James Biddulph, the headteacher: A University's Challenge: Cambridge's Primary School for the Nation (2016).