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BSc (Hons) Psychology: Sheffield Hallam University

MSc Educational Research: University of Manchester

PhD Eduation: University of Manchester (A multi-perspective study of school business management in England)


Research interests

My research interests concern contemporary forms of educational leadership and management, in particular the means by which schools as organisations are managed and resourced. I am also interested in collaboration within and between educational settings and how such activity is informed and influenced by policy. 

Supervision information

Doctoral research supervisions

I am available to supervise suitably qualified doctoral candidates with an interest in educational leadership, management, policy and particualrly organisational collaboration in education. 

Current PhD/EdD supervision


Mark Innes: "The micro-politics of enactment in a multi-academy trust", EdD (PT).

Supervisors: Dr Paul Armstrong and Dr Steven Courtney

Ignacio Wyman: "Improving Public School Systems from the Bottom: School Networking in the Context of the ‘New Public Education’ Policy" PhD (FT)

Supervisors: Dr Paul Armstrong and Dr Stephen Rayner

Sarah Bibi: "Teacher wellbeing in England: a critical evaluation of the correlative relationship between school leadership and teacher wellbeing" PhD (FT)

Supervisors: Dr Paul Armstrong and Dr Stephen Rayner


Pinyan Lin: "The shift of primary education: A study of education collectivisation in China", PhD (FT).

Supervisors: Dr Steven Courtney and Dr Paul Armstrong

Completed PhD/EdD supervision


Lewis Entwhistle: "Towards an understanding of democratic values and practices in a Sixth Form College in England", EdD (PT) (Emabargoed until 2024)

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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