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I joined LSBU in November 2022 as Professor of Education and Dean of the School of Law and Social Science having previously worked at Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Universities. Prior to working in Higher Education, I worked as an English Teacher, teaching Language, Literature and Literacy, in a broad range of Further Education contexts in the UK and internationally. I studied English Literature at Cardiff University, followed by Women's History at Royal Holloway and completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2005 exploring young people's reading cultures and experiences of reading for pleasure.
My research and writing explores Education as a social practice focusing on the social justice potentials of education. My work has a particular focus on teacher development, literacies and education in a range of education and community contexts (schools, colleges, universities, prisons, and community settings) with a particular focus on lived experiences of education. I enjoy working with creative methods and am interested in embodied, material and post-qualitative research practices and experimental approaches to writing and representing research. I have led a range of national and international projects most recently working with the Charity City of Sanctuary on an evaluation of the Schools of Sanctuary programme and the Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam on the research development dimension of their national programme Enhancing Teacher Education. I am Managing Editor of Practice: Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education.
Postgraduate Research Supervision
|Ms Katherine Pechey||Co-designing a transitional curriculum to develop undergraduate academic reading competencies||DProf|
|Ms Jenna Mary Bent||How do schools promote critical disability theory when supporting children with hidden disabilities and their parents?||DProf|
|Miss Betty Boachie Benjamin||How can mainstream FE colleges provide inclusive and sustainable transition support for children with SEND?||DProf|
Awarded in the last 5 years
University of Birmingham
Higher Education Academy
|Proposal||Project||Role||Funder||Status||Status last updated|
|UK-China-BRI Countries Education Partnership Initiative (Digi-doc project)||UK-China-BRI Countries Education Partnership Initiative (Digi-doc project)||Principal Investigator||British Council||OPEN Approved for submission||Nov 2023|
Practice: contemporary issues in professional learning is a fully peer-reviewed international journal for practitioners, professionals and researchers exploring innovative, creative and original approaches to work in the field of practitioner education. The journal has a strong inter-disciplinary focus and seeks to facilitate discussion and debate that crosses the boundaries of professional contexts and domains including compulsory and post-compulsory education, nursing, social work, allied health professions and the criminal justice sector.