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Alexandra Brown

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I completed my teacher training in 2016 in secondary PE and since then have specialised in alternative provision for post-16 students teaching a range of subjects including maths, English, and various vocational qualifications, before becoming a lecturer at the University of Sunderland in 2019.

Teaching and supervision

I work across various modules on BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS and BA (Hons) Education Studies marking, teaching, and supporting students with their school experience modules. I am module leader for two Education Studies modules – Sociology of Education and History and Purpose of Education, as well as a dissertation supervisor for many of our students.

I am also currently PHSE lead for the primary team and Year 3 lead in addition to a personal academic tutor for all year groups. Within the primary team, I deliver many of the PHSE and PE sessions, alongside some professional learning sessions focusing on learning styles and research methods. 

I also work with the MA team, teaching international students and supporting them to carry out their own research leading modules M01 and M97.

Research interests for potential research students

As well as supervising dissertation students and supporting international students to complete their own research as part of the MA course, I am also actively involved in research myself. I have published research focusing on assessment and I am currently involved in a project looking at the impact of recent centre assessment grades during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I also have a research interest in the hidden curriculum and alternative education provision and hope to develop this further in the future.


As my background is alternative provision, I enjoy researching further into this area looking at alternative approaches to engaging learning and the processes that go alongside this. I also have researched and published around assessment and the impact this can have on students.

Although my undergraduate degree and PGCE specialise in PE, I also have a range of experience working with vulnerable learners and focused my MA thesis on working with disengaged students in the post-16 sector. Within my previous job role I was heavily involved in safeguarding and the wellbeing of learners and also consider this an area of expertise. I also lead modules that specialise in Sociology of Education and PHSE.

Last updated 28 February 2024