Dr Ann-Marie HoughtonDirector of REAP, Teaching Fellow
Institutional Development Interests
My university widening participation and equality and diversity work links closely with research and teaching interests.
I am a member of the university's Equality and Diversity Committee, the Widening Participation Co-ordinating Group, Disability and Equality and Diversity Networks, Harassment Network and a senior member of Cartmel College.I was an active member of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science Courses Committee from 2004 to 2014.
Originally trained in the primary sector I have a long standing interest in encouraging learners of all ages to take an active role in their own learning and describe my approach to teaching and learning as collaborative and interactive and I aim to be inclusive and value the contribution of all participants. I completed Lancaster's Certificate in Academic Practice in 2006 and was nominated for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, 2010.
I have taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and developed modules relating to areas of research including social exclusion, race and disability and education.
I am convenor for Module B Professional Practice for our Phd in Higher Education that provides an opportunity to engage with professionals working in a range of HE contexts in what I find a stimulating teaching and learning experience.
Organisation and Educational Development (OED)
I am module convenor for an experienced route for Lancaster University's Higher Education Academy accredited Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PGCAP) and convene the Curriculum Design and Development module. I also contribute to a range of other programmes offering sessions on equality, diversity and inclusive curriculum, these include online sessions to colleagues in our International Teaching Partnerships at Sunway and LU Ghana.
In addition, I have taught adult learners within a variety of community contexts. I am a course consultant for Blackburn College who are responsible for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education Studies and have chaired a number of Quality Reviews and Validation panels.
My research interests are closely linked to the work of REAP and my university role as Educational Developer. Major themes at present include:
- Evaluation of Widening Access initiatives (OFFA)
- Widening participation policy and practice
- Inclusive teaching and learning policy and practice
- Disability and transition to HE and Employment
- Educational Equality and Social Exclusion
- Educational Guidance See also doctoral research
- Family Learning within school and community context
I am on the advisory editorial board for the:
- Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
- Teaching in Higher Education
I was Honorary Chair of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in Education of Adults (SCUTREA) 2011-2014.
PhD Supervision Interests
On areas associated with my research interests but in particular in the next few years on widening access, retention and achievement, inclusive curriculum development, the academic and learning experiences of disabled learners, transitions issues into education and the workplace, especially for disabled graduates, from a multi-agency perspective the policy agenda of Schools that will encompass family and intergenerational learning from Faith Schools agenda
Accessing and assessing appropriate widening participation data: an exploration of how data are used and by whom
Holland, N.J., Houghton, A., Armstrong, J.E., Mashiter, C. 06/2017 In: Studies in Continuing Education. 39, 2, p. 214-233. 30 p.
Understanding provision for students with mental health problems and intensive support needs: Report to HEFCE by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and Researching Equity, Access and Partnership (REAP)
Williams, M., Coare, P., Marvell, R., Pollard, E., Houghton, A., Anderson, J. 07/2015 Institute for Employment Studies. 181 p.
Inclusive Curriculum Design in Higher Education: Considerations for effective practice across and within subject areas
Morgan, H., Houghton, A. 05/2011 The Higher Education Academy.
Families, a hindrance or a help? : the role of families in the transition of disabled learners into higher education.
Houghton, A. 10/09/2009
Students' and professionals' experience, concerns and issues regarding alcohol use by Lancaster students.
Dempster, S., Houghton, A. 2009 Lancaster : REAP: Researching Equity, Access and Participation, Lancaster University/ NHS North Lancashire.
Student diversity, the institutional context and the challenge of creating an inclusive learning environment.
Coare, P., Houghton, A. 07/2008
Refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants: steps on the education and employment progression journey
Houghton, A., Morrice, L. 2008 Leicester : NIACE. ISBN: 9781862019621.
The role of special educational needs co-ordinators in raising disabled students awareness of summer schools in higher education institutions : barriers and bridges.
Houghton, A., Piggott, L. 2008 In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 10, 1, p. 24-33. 10 p.
Disability and transitions from education to work
Piggott, L.A., Houghton, A. 7/09/2007 In: International Journal of Lifelong Education. 26, 5, p. 573-587. 15 p.
Disability effective inclusive policies : DEIP issues of transition, disclosure and identity.
Houghton, A. 09/2007
Disability effective inclusive policies: student and staff perspectives on experiences throughout the student lifecycle
Houghton, A. 2006 In: Proceedings of the 36th annual SCUTREA conference : inter-cultural perspectives on research into adult learning : a global dialogue..
Who Needs Outreach to Widen Participation?
Houghton, A. 12/2005 In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 7, 3, p. 5-15. 11 p.
Connecting policy and practice in the refugee integration agenda.
Bellis, A., Fraser, L., Houghton, A., Ward, J. 2005
Getting through the gate is only the first hurdle: a review of disabled students' support needs throughout the student lifecycle
Houghton, A. 2005 In: Proceedings of the 35th annual SCUTREA conference.
An Igglipp or initial guidance learning project : revisiting, revising and reviewing Tough’s notion of a learning project.
Houghton, A. 07/2003
The 'initial guidance learning project': a framework for exploring the pre-entry informal learning of part time PhD learners
Houghton, A. 2003 Lancaster University. 316 p.
The many voices of the invisible citizen.
Houghton, A. 2003 In: Adult learning, Citizenship and Community Voices. Leicester : NIACE 232 p. ISBN: 1862011605.
Reaching out and reaching in.
Houghton, A. 2002 In: Learning and Skills Research: A Journal for Further Education and Lifelong Learning. 5, 3
Do experienced educational travellers planning the PhD journey of a lifetime need educational guidance?.
Houghton, A. 3/07/2001
Families and higher education decision-making : a day trip to raise awareness, break barriers and widen participation.
Houghton, A., Sharples, H. 07/2001
Voices from the community : the challenge of creating a culturally relevant curriculum and inclusive learning environment.
Houghton, A., Ali, H. 3/07/2000
A kind of higher education for adult learners in community settings.
Houghton, A., Preece, J. 2000 In: Proceedings of the UACE annual conference: lifelong learning, equity and inclusion. Cambridge p. 168-179. 12 p.
Nurturing social capital in excluded communities : a kind of higher education.
Preece, J., Houghton, A. 2000 Aldershot : Ashgate. 216 p. ISBN: 9780754614654.
Voices from the community : parents, education and faith.
Houghton, A., Ali, H. 2000
Voyages of discovery : deciding a convenient time, place and pace to suit adult learners in the community.
Houghton, A. 07/1999
Confidence, communication and citizenship: enterprising community learning
Houghton, A.M. 1999 In: Social Change and Active Citizenship in the Learning Society. European Society for Research in the Education of Adults (ESREA)..
Voices from the community.
Houghton, A., Ali, H. 1999 In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 1, 3, p. 45-46. 2 p.
Guidance as research, teaching and learning.
Houghton, A. 6/07/1998
Extending the Guidance Boundaries : an exploration of educative and empowering guidance strategies for learners who have been long term unemployed.
Houghton, A. 1998 In: Beyond the boundaries : exploring the potential of widening provision in higher education. Leicester : NIACE p. 20-30. 11 p. ISBN: 1-86201-047-1.
Houghton, A., Bokhari, R. 1998 In: Adults Learning. 9, 7, p. 15-17. 3 p.
Learning how to work as partners : the 3 MP's - meeting as partners and making plans for mutual progress.
Houghton, A. 05/1997
Learning from each other : staff development with community partners and tutors.
Houghton, A. 1997
Guidance and learner support : developing threshold standards.
Houghton, A., Oglesby, K.L. 1996 In: Adults Learning. 7, 6, p. 146.-147.
HEFCE’s review of models of support for disabled students in higher education
15/03/2017 → 31/07/2017
Bright Links evaluation
15/05/2012 → 30/12/2012
Designing an inclusive curriculum in higher education
01/09/2009 → …
Lancashire Aimhigher Disability
29/04/2009 → 30/06/2009
Students' and Professionals', Experience, Concerns and Issues regarding Alcohol use by Lancaster Students
21/12/2008 → 31/12/2010
Barrow Youth Re: action Team
02/12/2008 → 01/08/2011
Barrow Engineering Project evaluation
01/09/2008 → …
06/04/2008 → 05/12/2008
Evaluation Capacity Building for HEI widening participation teams
01/04/2007 → 31/12/2009
Refugee Progression and Employment Project
01/09/2006 → 01/07/2008
Aimhigher Cumbria Evaluation
01/08/2006 → 31/07/2011
Aimhigher Lancashire Evaluation
01/01/2006 → 31/07/2011
Aiming4uni in Furness
01/07/2005 → 31/10/2009
Disability Effective Inclusive Policies
01/01/2005 → 31/12/2007
Working with Families
01/01/2005 → 31/08/2007
Lancashire Intergenerational Multicultural Education Project
01/09/2004 → 30/04/2007
Library Understanding and Curriculum enhancement to Inform Decision-making
01/04/2003 → 31/12/2006
Families And Higher Education Decision-making
01/01/2001 → 01/01/2009
African Caribbean and Asian Curriculum Project
01/09/1995 → 31/12/2006