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Biography

I am a Lecturer in Education and Deputy Programme Director for the MA in Educational Leadership in the Manchester Institute of Education.

I am a member of the Critical Education Leadership and Policy (CELP) RSG and my research interests include school leader retention, parental engagement, school governance and education policy and my current work focuses on the relationship between these. I adopt a mainly qualitative approach in my research and am particularly interested in the role played by identity and biographies and how these can shape actors’ experiences of education.

I have considerable experience of teaching in higher education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I teach mainly on the MA Educational Leadership programme (on the units Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership and School Improvement) and the research methods units (Engaging with Education Research and Research Methods II) that support the MA Education programmes in MIE. 

I supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate dissertation students and although I am not currently in a position to act as a primary supervisor for PhD students I am interested in supporting in a secondary role.

I am also school governor in a federation of maintained infant and junior schools, which helps to keep me informed about current education policy and practices.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Education, ‘A study of student experience in a single institution within a context of higher education expansion’, unpublished PhD Thesis, University of East Anglia., University of East Anglia

1 Oct 19971 Jul 2001

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Science, Educational Research, The University of Manchester

1 Oct 19961 Jul 1997

Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

Bachelor of Arts, Education Studies with Social Policy, University of Central Lancashire

1 Oct 19931 Jul 1996

Award Date: 1 Jul 1996

External positions

School Governor, Hebden Bridge Schools Federation

1 Sept 2011 → …

Areas of expertise

  • L Education (General)
  • Parental engagement
  • School Governance
  • Education policy
  • Education leadership
  • Critical policy
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Student experience
  • Social Justice

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