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Principal Lecturer, Associate Head of School, Professional Development Team

I am currently the Associate Head of School for the Professional Development Team in the Faculty of Education and Society. Prior to this, I was Programme Leader of MA Education, and I am now in a position to lead on all Professional Development opportunities across our provision in the School. 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 that allow 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

I teach across MA Education and MA SEND including modules such as Introduction to Criticality, Research Methods in Education, and thesis related input.

My supervision duties include supporting Masters students throughout their thesis module.

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.

Research

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.

I engaged with a range of innovative methods to elicit the experiences of children, including the use of drawings and vlogs, alongside interviews, to allow them to express themselves in different ways. 

  • Teacher education
  • Postgraduate study

I was Chair of Governors for a primary school in County Durham for a number of years and was able to increase my knowledge about the strategic direction in this environment which allowed me to gain a wider understanding about the challenges faced in schools.

Our programmes provide a sound theoretical underpinning to educational issues, while simultaneously establishing clear and effective links to practice that demonstrate how the concepts explored can be utilised within educational settings.

Last updated 26 October 2022