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  • Paul Ashwin

    Paul Ashwin

    I am interested in receiving PhD proposals in most areas related to knowledge, curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment in higher education, particularly those relating to students' and academics' experiences of higher education.
  • Brett Bligh

    Brett Bligh

    I am interested in research proposals that investigate the connections between our material surroundings, the technologies that permeate them, and the ways we act, think and learn. Such proposals might focus on technology and/or policy. Some indicative examples of suitable areas: participative design of learning spaces; pedagogically-informed institutional evaluation of campus infrastructure; investigations of how learners experience spaces; use of ubiquitous technologies (from mobile devices to wall-sized screens) to support large and small-group teaching and learning. I am also interested in Activity Theory, either to underpin the kinds of research already described, or as an area of inquiry in its own right.
  • Sue Cranmer

    Sue Cranmer

    I am interested in receiving PhD proposals in most areas related to digital technologies, education and learning. I'm particularly interested in digital inclusion; disengagement; disability; accessibility; social uses of digital technologies; digital literacy; online safety.
  • Mary Hamilton

    Mary Hamilton

    Adult language, literacy and numeracy education (ALLN) and the new literacy studies; Informal adult learning and everyday practices; use of Literacies and Technologies across the lifespan; policy issues in ALLN, global and comparative perspectives; international assessments; media representations of educational issues; participatory research methodologies; institutional ethnography, socio-material approaches to research; use of visual data and computer assisted qualitative analysis..
  • Ann-Marie Houghton

    Ann-Marie Houghton

    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
  • Carolyn Jackson

    Carolyn Jackson

    All aspects of gender and education. For example, single-sex and co-educational learning environments, girls' in- and out-of-school lives, concerns about boys' 'underachievement', constructions of gendered learner identities, gender and teacher identities, gender and the curriculum, gendered identities in Higher Education. Social psychology of teaching and learning, especially motives for learning or not learning, fear of failure, how classroom environments and peers shape approaches to learning and learner identities. Fear in education - the effects of fear onall aspectsof school and university life.
  • Jan McArthur

    Jan McArthur

    I am interested in PhD supervision in the areas of social justice education, conceptualisations of social justice, critical pedagogy, the nature and purposes of higher education, assessment for learning and social justice, educational philosophy and critical theory.
  • Don Passey

    Don Passey

    Uses and impacts of technologies and technology-based resources in formal educational environments Uses and impacts of technologies and technology-based resources across informal and formal learning environments Specific aspects of learning and how these are impacted by technologies How technologies are used by and impact young people who find it hard to learn or who are vulnerable Uses of data management and data handling in school-based and lifelong learning contexts
  • Colin Rogers

    Colin Rogers

    Motivational processes in education; Teacher expectations and their effects; Transition into Higher Educatuion; Assessment systems and appraoches to learning; The impact of ICT on student motivation
  • Murray Saunders

    Murray Saunders

    Educational policy implementation and change; Work and the curriculum; National and international policy evaluation, evaluation theory and method, evaluation of complex change processes e.g. e-learning. Informal learning in communities,
  • Julie-Ann Sime

    Julie-Ann Sime

    The development of competence and expertise in professional learning Cognitive approaches to the design of learning technology; Games and simulations in teaching and learning; The use of multiple representations in thinking, teaching and learning with technology; Use of qualitative simulations in learning environments Adoption of new technologies in teaching and learning, e.g. Second Life and other virtual environments.
  • Malcolm Tight

    Malcolm Tight

    Changing patterns of academic work; The nature of the academic experience; The history and meaning of higher education; Alternative modes of study; The postgraduate and research student experience; Mature and 'non-traditional' students; Comparative studies; Patterns of participation; The role of learning in adult life
  • Paul Trowler

    Paul Trowler

    Higher education policy-making and policy implementation; The analysis of organisational and professional cultures in universitities, particularly as they relate to change-management processes; The reception and impact in differing social contexts of learning, teaching and assessment policies and practices; Discourse and identities in higher education; ethnographic research methodologies.
  • Jo Warin

    Jo Warin

    I would be interested in receiving proposals on: the development of identity through the school years, parenting (especially with a focus on gender), the home-school relationship, gender issues in education (particularly those concerned with issues about male staff in early years education), early childhood

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