Postgraduate research in the Department of Education and Childhood

We offer a popular and successful professional doctorate in education (EdD) route with two years taught phase with a group of peers and two or more years individual supervised research, and a traditional doctorate of philosophy (PhD) route of usually three or four years supervised individual research.

Dr Jane Andrews (Jane.AndrewsEDU@uwe.ac.uk) and Dr Richard Waller (Richard.Waller@uwe.ac.uk) are Programme Leaders of the EdD which is aimed at professionals such as educators of all types, educational, policy officers, professionals involved in education in their specialist field such as nurses, paramedics, social workers, occupational therapists, community workers and others. Find out more about the Doctor of Education (EdD).

Dr Dean Smart (Dean.Smart@uwe.ac.uk) can be contacted regarding the PhD route. For those wishing to submit to this programme, and whose research ideas are well thought through, we can offer help to refine and submit a research proposal. Find out more about the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Both routes are equivalent in status and challenge and, upon successful completion, UWE Bristol can confer the award of a Doctor of Education or a Doctor of Philosophy which allows you to use the title ‘Dr’.

See below for some of our recent and completed EdD and PhD students with details of their research study titles and supervisory teams.

Visit our postgraduate research study information to apply for a research opportunity or view more opportunities.

EdD

A list of some of our current EdD students:

Linda Culling

An autoethnographical account of leadership in a secondary school.

Supervision team: Dr Dean Smart; Dr Jane Andrews.

Ben Davey

The impact of post-panoptic surveillance on teachers in secondary schools.

Supervision team: Dr Helen Bovill; Dr Jayne Woodbury.

Myra Evans

Learning through practice: A study of experiential and situated learning approaches in teaching journalism.

Supervision team: Dr Nigel Newbutt; Dr Richard Waller.

Paula Fieldhouse

Parents and the transmission of maths anxiety.

Supervision team: Dr Marcus Witt; Dr Jane Andrews.

Nicholas Garrick

Exploring perceptions of learning of career changing trainee teachers: a Constructivist Grounded Theory exploration during postgraduate initial teacher education programmes in England.

Supervision team: Dr Jane Andrews; Dr Marcus Witt.

Michael Horswell

A series of anarcho-queer engagements about teacher identity.

Supervision team: Dr Helen Bovill; Dr Ciaran Burke.

Paul Jackson

Distance and in-class learning with IT.

Supervision team: Dr Nigel Newbutt.

Ben Knight

Using Complexity Thinking to analyse primary classroom learning and teaching.

Supervision team: Dr Richard Waller; Dr Richard Eke; Dr Neil Harrison (University of Oxford).

Craig Lennox

The potential impact of neoliberal policies and marketisation in England's Higher Education on academic identities.

Supervision team: Dr Ciaran Burke; Dr Alpesh Maisuria.

Laura Manison Shore

Primary school teaching:  A classed and gendered profession. Poetically exploring the narratives of female primary trainee teachers.

Supervision team: Dr Helen Bovill; Dr Catherine Rosenberg.

Christopher C J Mason

Benefits and barriers: A case study to explore teaching and learning in physics using a Collaborative Learning Platform.

Supervision team: Dr Dean Smart; Dr Marcus Witt.

Sally Tazewell

Using a ‘funds of knowledge’ approach in vocational higher education: Curriculum content or pedagogic device?

Supervision team: Dr Ciaran Burke.

Zoe Veal

'How effective are children’s picture books in nurse education in developing situated knowledge to enhance compassionate practice?'

Supervision team: Dr Ciaran Burke; Dr Jane Carter; Dr Jo Williams (Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences).

Rachel Wood

Ways of knowing and being: A narrative inquiry into undergraduate students' experience of learning law at a post-1992 university. 

Supervision team: Dr Richard WallerDr Catherine Rosenberg.

A list of some of our recently completed EdD students:

Altahair Attia

Investigating the critical influences on emerging trainee teacher identity in the UAEU: a case study of Elementary Arabic and English Language students’ views.

Supervision team: Dr Jane Andrews; Dr Richard Eke

Shamsudin Abikar

Developing Somali heritage language through extra-curricular activities: a case study exploring perceptions of Somali origin primary pupils and their parents.

Supervision team: Dr Helen Bovill; Dr Jane Andrews.

Christine Comrie

Match or mismatch in policy and practice: Exploring global citizenship as a graduate attribute in an English university.

Supervision team: Dr Dean Smart; Professor Pam Moule (Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences); Dr Neil Harrison (University of Oxford).

Andy Goldhawk

“The view from the deck" - exploring lecturers’ and middle managers’ perceptions of English FE sector professional development: A case study evaluation.

Supervision team: Dr Richard Waller; Dr Jayne Woodbury.

Alexandra Morfaki

Inclusion in the Early Years: An exploration of the dilemmas of difference, roles and partnerships in the operationalisation of inclusive practices for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Supervision team: Dr Helen Bovill; Dr Nicola Bowden-Clissold.

Julie Ann Smith

'It’s our job to take the limits way’: A case study approach to exploring culture of teacher expectations in an English secondary school.

Supervision team: Dr Richard Waller; Dr Nicola Bowden-Clissold; Dr Sarah Chicken.

Karan Vickers-Hulse

Exploring views of trainee teachers, from two different training routes, on the formation of their professional identity.

Supervision team: Dr Nigel Newbutt; Professor Penelope Harnett.

Max Weedon

Counter-terrorism measures in the classroom: Exploring the perceptions and experiences of education professionals enacting the Prevent Duty in Bath and Bristol.

Supervision team: Dr Richard Waller; Dr Andrew Mathers (Sociology and Criminology); Dr Sean Craven (Sociology and Criminology).

Sarah Whitehouse

Context, Consciousness, and Caution: Teachers of history and the exploration of sensitive and controversial issues in practice.

Supervision team: Dr Jane Andrews; Professor Penelope Harnett.

PhD students

See below a list of some of our current PhD students:

Nina Bambrey

The role of attachment and attunement in adult/child relationships.

Supervision team: Dr Helen Bovill; Dr Verity Jones.

Georgie Ford

Mental health support and provision in FE.

Supervision team: Dr Richard Waller; Dr Helen Bovill.

Aga Kowalska

Policy, practice and power: A Bourdieusian analysis of head teachers’ perspectives in the exclusion of children with autism from secondary schools

Supervision team:  Dr Alpesh Maisuria; Dr Nigel Newbutt.

Ros O'Leary

Academic challenge and wellbeing in HE.

Supervision team: Dr Ciaran Burke; Dr Richard Waller.

Daniel Scullane

Governance in FE.

Supervision team: Dr Alpesh MaisuriaDr Richard Waller.

Laura Sheerman

Virtual soft skills in FE.

Supervision team:  Dr Nigel Newbutt; Dr Jane Andrews.

See below a list of some of our recently completed PhD students:

Laura Bentley

Jackie goes home: Working-class women, higher education , employment and social (re)alignment.

Supervision team:  Dr Richard Waller; Harriet Bradley (Faculty of Business and Law).

Mohamed Elhaddad

“Whose bridges? And to where?” Exploring the rationale for supplementary schooling: A stakeholder informed case study.

Supervision team: Dr Dean Smart; Dr Richard Eke.