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PhD Supervision Interests

On areas associated with my research interests but in particular in the next few years on 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


Institutional Development Interests

My university widening participation work links closely with research and teaching interests. I am involved in working with colleagues in the School of Lifelong Learning and Widening Participation and others throughout the university on widening participation issues associated with the student lifecycle thus including projects connected with pre-entry experiences that are funded via Lancaster University's Access Agreement as well as post arrival teaching, learning and student access to guidance and student services.

I am a member of the university's Equal Opportunities Committee, Disability Network, Harassment Network and a senior member of Cartmel College.

Research Interests

My research interests are closely linked to the work of REAP and my university role as Teaching and Curriculum Development Advisor.  Major themes at present include:

  • Educational Equality and Social Exclusion
  • Inclusive teaching and learning policy and practice
  • Family Learning within school and community context
  • Disability and transition to HE and Employment
  • Widening participation policy and practice
  • Educational Guidance See also doctoral research

Professional Bodies

I am a Honorary Chair of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in Education of Adults (SCUTREA)

I am on the advisory editorial board for the:

  • Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
  • Teaching in Higher Education

Current Teaching

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. I have taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and developed modules relating to areas of research including Aimhigher, social exclusion, race and disability and education. In addition, I have taught adult learners within a variety of community contexts and have contributed to Lancaster University's Higher Education Academy accredited Certificate of Academic Practice (CAP).

Academic Year 2012-13

I am teaching on one of the PiNE undergraduate programme modules Advanced Seminars in the Psychology of Education: Child wellbeing in School (308b)

I am contributing to the Educational Research MA in Education Programme

  • MA in Research Methods (EdS 801)
  • MA in Educational Policy (EdS 812)
  • MA in Gender and Education (EdS 814 co-convenor)

I am module convenor of the Organisation and Educational Development Postrgaduate module for the Certificate of Academic Practice (CAP) Curriculum Design and Development module

I have PhD students who are working on the following topics:

  • Collaborative networks and Professional Development between mainstream and Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers
  • Inclusive provision for visually impaired learners in Saudi Arabia
  • Ethnic Minorities and the Cognitive Ability Test (CATs)
  • UK Higher Education Teachers and the Disability Discrimination Act
  • The evaluation in Development Education: outcomes measurement

All courses provide an opportunity to disseminate and generate discussion about past and current research projects undertaken by the REAP group.

I completed Lancaster's Certificate in Academic Practice in 2006 and was nominated for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, 2010. The CAP programme provided a valuable forum for reflecting on my practice and has proved useful in my role in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science's Courses committee which is responsible for reviewing new course proposals and for offering advice to colleagues in Blackburn College who are responsible for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education Studies.


Inclusive Curriculum Design in Higher Education: Considerations for effective practice across and within subject areas

Morgan, H. & Houghton, A-M. 05/2011 York: The Higher Education Academy.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report


Refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants: steps on the education and employment progresson journey

Houghton, A-M. & Morrice, L. 2008 Leicester: NIACE.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Student diversity, the institutional context and the challenge of creating an inclusive learning environment.

Coare, P. & Houghton, A-M. 07/2008 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

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-M. & Piggott, L. 2008 In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 10, 1, p. 24-33 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Disability effective inclusive policies: student and staff perspectives on experiences throughout the student lifecycle

Houghton, A-M. 2006 Proceedings of the 36th annual SCUTREA conference: inter-cultural perspectives on research into adult learning: a global dialogue..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Connecting policy and practice in the refugee integration agenda.

Bellis, A., Fraser, L., Houghton, A-M. & Ward, J. 2005 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Who Needs Outreach to Widen Participation?

Houghton, A-M. 12/2005 In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 7, 3, p. 5-15 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Getting through the gate is only the first hurdle: a review of disabled students' support needs throughout the student lifecycle

Houghton, A-M. 2005 Proceedings of the 35th annual SCUTREA conference.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


The many voices of the invisible citizen.

Houghton, A-M. 2003 Adult learning, Citizenship and Community Voices. Coare, P. & Johnston, R. (eds.). Leicester: NIACE, 232 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Reaching out and reaching in.

Houghton, A-M. 2002 In: Learning and Skills Research: A Journal for Further Education and Lifelong Learning. 5, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Families and higher education decision-making: a day trip to raise awareness, break barriers and widen participation.

Houghton, A-M. & Sharples, H. 07/2001 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Do experienced educational travellers planning the PhD journey of a lifetime need educational guidance?.

Houghton, A-M. 3/07/2001 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper


Nurturing social capital in excluded communities: a kind of higher education.

Preece, J. & Houghton, A-M. 2000 Aldershot: Ashgate. 216 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

A kind of higher education for adult learners in community settings.

Houghton, A-M. & Preece, J. 2000 Proceedings of the UACE annual conference: lifelong learning, equity and inclusion. Cambridge, p. 168-179 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Voices from the community.

Houghton, A-M. & Ali, H. 1999 In: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 1, 3, p. 45-46 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Confidence, communication and citizenship: enterprising community learning

Houghton, A. M. 1999 Social Change and Active Citizenship in the Learning Society. European Society for Research in the Education of Adults (ESREA)..

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Guidance as research, teaching and learning.

Houghton, A-M. 6/07/1998 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Guiding differently.

Houghton, A-M. & Bokhari, R. 1998 In: Adults Learning. 9, 7, p. 15-17 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Extending the Guidance Boundaries: an exploration of educative and empowering guidance strategies for learners who have been long term unemployed.

Houghton, A-M. 1998 Beyond the boundaries: exploring the potential of widening provision in higher education. Preece, J., Weatherald, C. & Woodrow, M. (eds.). Leicester: NIACE, p. 20-30 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Guidance and learner support: developing threshold standards.

Houghton, A-M. & Oglesby, K. L. 1996 In: Adults Learning. 7, 6, p. 146.-147

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • Bright Links evaluation

    15/05/2012 → 30/12/2012
    REAP evaluated the Bright Links Engineering e-mentoring scheme which is a 3 year scheme run by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with Brightside (an education charity). The scheme is int ... Read more»
  • Designing an inclusive curriculum in higher education

    01/09/2009 →
    The project was funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and it aimed to gather and disseminate information about examples of good practice of inclusive curriculum design. ... Read more»
  • Lancashire Aimhigher Disability

    29/04/2009 → 30/06/2009
    This was one of the Theme 2 and 3 projects funded by Aimhigher Lancashire. The aim was to identify and disseminate good practice and support for disabled students making the transition from school and ... Read more»
  • Students' and Professionals', Experience, Concerns and Issues regarding Alcohol use by Lancaster Students

    21/12/2008 → 31/12/2010
    Funded by North Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust, the Students' and Professionals', Experience, Concerns and Issues regarding Alcohol use by Lancaster Students (SPECIALS) Project discerned what ... Read more»
  • Barrow Youth Re: action Team

    02/12/2008 → 01/08/2011
    The Youth Re: action Team (YRAT) was a group of upper secondary school students from Barrow-in-Furness who were involved in researching local people's views of the regeneration of their town.The YRAT ... Read more»
  • Barrow Engineering Project evaluation

    01/09/2008 →
    REAP are evaluating the Barrow Engineering Project, a curriculum enrichment project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering that seeks to raise the profile of engineering among young people in Barr ... Read more»
  • Up2uni

    06/04/2008 → 05/12/2008
    Up2uni was a staff development programme designed to support practitioners advising prospective students about higher education. On behalf of the programme developers from Manchester Metropolitan Uni ... Read more»
  • Evaluation Capacity Building for HEI widening participation teams

    01/04/2007 → 31/12/2009
    This HEFCE funded project provided evaluation capacity building for HEI widening participation teams (WPTs) in the form of a development initiative involving regional capacity building workshops, inte ... Read more»
  • Refugee Progression and Employment Project

    01/09/2006 → 01/07/2008
    The Refugee Progression and Employment (REPP) Project was funded by the European Social Fund. It was a collaborative project with the Universities of Sussex, Leeds and Wedgewood Memorial College. The ... Read more»
  • Aimhigher Cumbria Evaluation

    01/08/2006 → 31/07/2011
    REAP worked on a consultancy basis with Aimhigher Cumbria to support evaluation of partnership, area and thematic Aimhigher activities. Evaluation projects included Aimhigher Cumbria and the Carlisle ... Read more»
  • Aimhigher Lancashire Evaluation

    01/01/2006 → 31/07/2011
    Aimhigher Lancashire was a collaborative HEFCE, DfES and LSC funded widening participation project involving Higher and Further Education institutions in Lancashire who worked in partnership with scho ... Read more»
  • Aiming4uni in Furness

    01/07/2005 → 31/10/2009
    REAP was involved with the Aiming4uni in Furness project in two ways. Firstly, we contributed to the "Work with families" strand, drawing on our action research Families And Higher Education Decisio ... Read more»
  • Disability Effective Inclusive Policies

    01/01/2005 → 31/12/2007
    The Disability Effective Inclusive Policies (DEIP) Project was funded by the European Social Fund and co-ordinated by the Centre for Continuing Education at University of Sussex. The DEIP project aime ... Read more»
  • Lancashire Intergenerational Multicultural Education Project

    01/09/2004 → 30/04/2007
    Funded by Lancashire County Council, LIME was a CAP (now known as REAP) research and development project which was concerned with exploring the impact of family learning on lifelong learning and incre ... Read more»
  • Library Understanding and Curriculum enhancement to Inform Decision-making

    01/04/2003 → 31/12/2006
    Funded by HEFCE and Lancashire County Council, the LUCID project aimed to provide young people with an academically focused awareness and achievement raising package of activities. It brought together ... Read more»
  • Families And Higher Education Decision-making

    01/01/2001 → 01/01/2009
    FAHED was an action research project that aimed to introduce the idea of higher education to the parents of pupils in years 9 and above who had a history of low participation in higher education. The ... Read more»
  • African Caribbean and Asian Curriculum Project

    01/09/1995 → 31/12/2006
    The ACA action research project was managed by Lancaster University's Community Access Programme (CAP, now known as REAP) and was initiated in 1995 with the specific remit of developing 'black' perspe ... Read more»
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