Core Staff Interests 

Steve Dempster

Steve's principal research interests are the relationships between gender and learner identities are in higher education, educational transitions, widening access to/within university, and student experience of higher education - focusing on student lifestyles and "out of class" behaviours.  Steve has experience in a range of research methodologies and has led on numerous projects within and outwith higher educational settings including two evaluation studies of Enhancement of teaching and learning for QAA Scotland.

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Nicola Ingram

Nicola is interested in social class inequalities and education and she is currently working on the Leverhulme funded Paired Peers project with Harriet Bradley (UWE) and colleagues. This research spans a seven year period from 2010 to 2017 and focusses on the experiences of working-class and middle-class young people as they make their way through undergraduate programs at two different universities in the same city, and into life beyond graduation.

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Carolyn Jackson

Carolyn is interested in the ways that constructions of gendered identities and learner identities intersect. She has researched and published on issues that are salient in many countries, including single-sex and co-educational learning environments; gender and transitions; concerns about boys' 'underachievement'; 'lad' and 'ladette' identities in schools and universities; the marginalisation of girls in education; representations of 'troublesome' femininities; education and fear; teachers' perceptions of gender. Carolyn has also researched and written about the PhD examination process.

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Jan McArthur

Jan's research interests span two themes: education and social justice, and the nature of higher education. Jan is interested in inter-relationships between education and society, and between theory and practice. She has explored different interpretations of critical pedagogy, and particularly the ways in which conceptualisations of knowledge impact upon social justice. Much of Jan's work is informed by critical theory, and she has a special interest in the work of Theodor Adorno. Jan's recent work has looked at the nature of assessment and feedback, and the role of failure in learning including the relationship between conceptions of failure and social justice.

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Jo Warin

The connection between social justice and education is central to Jo's research. She is particularly interested in children's and young people's development of social awareness alongside self awareness and how the learning of these advantageous capacities is influenced by social inequalities. She is also interested in gender equality and is currently undertaking work on men and masculinities within the professions of primary and pre-school teaching.

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