Education PhD and MPhil Supervision

The School of Education offers PhD and MPhil supervision in areas that are compatible with the research interests of its academic staff.

Use the list below to identify one or two members of staff whose interests cover the area you would like to work in.

For supervisors with research interests in TESOL please refer to the supervisor lists under English PhD

Janet Ainley
  • Mathematics Education
  • Statistics Education
  • Pedagogic Task Design
  • The use of technology in the learning and teaching of mathematics and statistics
  • Teachers’ classroom practice
  • Inquiry based mathematics and science education
Wasyl Cajkler
  • Lesson study
  • Teacher education
  • Second language teaching and learning
  • English as an additional language (EAL)
Pal Edirisingha
  • Use of digital technologies for formal and informal learning
  • Digital literacy and digital divide
  • Open and distance learning in international contexts
  • Conceptualisation of current and emerging approaches to using technologies in formal and informal learning contexts (OERs, MOOCs, flipped classrooms, blended learning)
  • Learning Design
Rose Griffiths
  • Mathematics Education
  • Children’s difficulties in mathematics
  • Literacy and numeracy support for families
  • Use of manipulatives to teach arithmetic
  • Educational achievement of vulnerable children (including children in care)
Saeeda Shah
  • Educational Leadership and diversity
  • Islam and society
  • Identity/ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Faith schools
  • Cultural and belief systems
  • Power issues
Alison Taysum
  • Education system leadership
  • Stakeholder participation in education systems to facilitate young people as drivers of social change
  • The role of partnerships and networks between the academy and schools to improve leadership for learning
  • The role of Post-Graduate Research to improve leadership for learning
  • Focusing on different associations between the public, governance, education, and the economy to build sustainable multicultural, intergenerational societies with evolving gender relationships.
  • The impact of building home school networks on narrowing the achievement gap for marginalised groups
  • Critical policy studies
  • The impact of key performance indicators on policies as text, policy borrowing, and raising achievement
  • Strategies to build cultural alignment and celebrate diversity in multicultural education settings
Chris Wilkins
  • Policy issues in initial teacher education and teacher professional development
  • The regulation and inspection of teachers’ work
  • School-university partnerships in teacher education
  • Social justice and citizenship issues in teacher education
  • Transnational knowledge transfer in teacher education
  • Teachers’ professional learning and school improvement
  • Impact of school leadership approaches on teachers’ identity
  • Socio-cultural issues in teachers’ lives and careers
  • Pedagogic development in higher education
Potential topics/ /projects
  • Diversity of models of initial teacher education in a school-led system
  • Teacher development in international partnerships; cultural aspects of teacher identity
  • The student teacher experience of professional learning in ‘school-led’ models of teacher education
  • Career-changers in the teaching profession:
    • their contribution to school culture
    • career trajectories
    • factors impacting on their success or failure in initial teacher education
  • Impact of the accreditation of teaching quality in higher education
Phil Wood
  • Pedagogy (and innovation)
  • Complexity Sciences and education
  • HE pedagogy
  • Action research/lesson study

Dr Joan Woodhouse

  • Teachers’ lives and careers
  • Feminist perspectives on education
  • Developing early career teachers as leaders
  • Women in HE
  • HE pedagogy

Potential topic/projects

  • Life histories of female secondary head teachers
  • Student teachers’ and/or early career teachers’ experiences of combining work and parenting responsibilities
  • Developing researcher resilience and criticality
  • An investigation into why teachers/head teachers leave the profession early
  • Students’ experiences of ‘Lad Culture’ in the University
  • HE students’ experiences of combining study with parenthood
  • International students’ perceptions of British academic culture
Wei Zhang
  • School leadership development
  • Cross-cultural investigations of schooling and school leadership
  • The impact of educational policies on children, families and schools
  • Understanding and evaluating school university partnership
  • Teaching and learning research methods
  • Understanding locally contextualised educational practice and policies in China

What if my research interests do not match the staff interests listed?

It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.

However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.

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