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Susie Blackburn

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Senior Lecturer, Education

I am the Programme Leader for PGCE History. I have over 25 years' experience in teaching and working with children and young people. I trained as a secondary history teacher at the Institute of Education, University of London and have taught widely in both primary, secondary, and TEFL settings. I recently undertook a master's degree in European history at Newcastle University.

I have held management positions as a deputy-head and acting head teacher. I am an experienced in-school mentor, having worked with a number of teaching trainees over many years, helping them fulfil their potential as teachers.

I am passionate about teaching history and English in creative and inspiring ways both inside and outside the classroom.

Teaching and supervision

I am the Programme Leader for PGCE History. I am module leader for EDPM01 Secondary, Development of Learning, a Case Study, and module leader for EDP381, Secondary, Subject Studies.


My MA was in European History and covered a wide-ranging period from the early medieval to the 20th Century. My master's dissertation was a comparative study of women's experience of marriage and divorce in early medieval Islamic Spain and Viking Age Iceland.

My current research interest is around school-aged women and girls' experience of menstruation (particularly those with dysmenorrhea) in an educational setting, and its impact on their experience of school.

  • History teaching
  • English teaching 
  • Mentoring
  • Working outside the classroom, including risk assessment
I am a member of the Historical Association and a member of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Last updated 27 April 2022