Senior Lecturer MA Education
I'm currently Programme Leader of the part-time and full-time MA Education. I teach across a range of modules, including Research Methods and Critical Thinking, and also supervise students undertaking their thesis project.
I began my educational journey when I undertook an undergraduate degree in Education at the University of Sunderland. After graduating, I began an MPhil in Education which I converted into a PhD in Education in 2017.
My PhD is investigating how educators can support Year 6 children throughout the SATs process, both academically and pastorally. I have utilised a range of data collection methods which allow the children's voices to be heard, including drawings, interviews and year-long vlogs.
Prior to joining the University, I established my own business providing transcription services to a range of clients, including universities, which involved transcribing lectures, seminars and research interviews. This engagement with academia led to my decision to pursue a career change in my thirties, with the aim of working towards a role in education.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Teaching and supervision
My supervision duties include supporting Masters students throughout their thesis module, as well as Education Studies students in completing their undergraduate dissertation in level 6.
Research interests for potential research students
My PhD is entitled ‘In what way can educators support Year 6 children throughout the SATs process to encourage successful academic and personal outcomes?
The primary focus of the study is to hear the voices of children, allowing them to identify the emotions they experience throughout the process, and outline the potential sources of these emotions. This can provide educators with insight that can inform practice.