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Our Research Students

Current Doctoral Students

We welcome applications for doctoral study at any time from suitably qualified candidates (check initial eligibility with the University Research Office). Specific doctoral projects of particular interest to us and open to all applicants currently are also available as listed.

Professional Practice and Learning

The following students are directed by Alison Wilde

  • Clark, L. "Novice nurse mentor's experiences of supervising and accessing nursing students in clinical practice"

The following students are directed by Anne Flintoff

  • Bancroft, W. "Effective Leadership for Closing the Gap for Disadvantaged Pupils"

The following students are directed by Caroline Bligh

  • Brickwood, E. "An explanation into whether the (new) primary literacy curriculum impacts on how EAL learner's view themselves as learners"

The following students are directed by David Matheson

  • Sunderland, A. "Does simulation-based education for advanced clinical practitioners in general practice have a positive impact on proxy measures for patient outcomes"
  • Turu Porcel, M. "Perceptions of preparedness for practice of newly qualified teachers in England"

The following students are directed by David Matthews

  • Pearce, A. "Storytelling as enquiry: Using storytelling as a reflective tool to develop professional practice"

The following students are directed by David White

  • Coates, C. "Competence to practice: a student led approach"
  • Peck, K. "Professionalism in practice-broadening the emphasis from competence to values and behaviours in the Continuing Professional Development of Allied Health Professionals and their interactions in health and social care settings"

The following students are directed by Emma Wood

  • Green, A. "Examine the relationship between social media utilization and the development of brand loyalty at a specific sport club (Leeds Beckett University Rhinos)"

The following students are directed by Ivor Timmis

  • Gamir, S. "Language and Culture: Strategies for developing MFL Learner intercultural communication through film"

The following students are directed by Jon Tan

  • Snead, J. "How can a school's curriculum affect pupil's readiness for success in life?" DoS: Jon Tan

The following students are directed by Julia Claxton

  • Daley, C. "The experiences of students undertaking a part-time, postgraduate professional course without an undergraduate degree"
  • Wilson, M. "To what extent do educationalists accept or take into account current ideas about learner differences when they plan, teach and assess"

The following students are directed by Michalis Kakos

  • Liddle, A. "How peace and war are understood in secondary schools in England during the World War I centenary period"
  • Theotokatou, I. "An investigation of the relationship between school leadership and ethos as it derives from its members' interaction"

The following students are directed by Nick Mitchell

  • Cross, M. "Coping strategies and commonality of experience amongst graduates and undergraduates who self-report difficulties with maths"
  • Willard, E. "Mathematical difficulties in secondary age students"

The following students are directed by Nick Sutcliffe

  • Tang, S. "An examination of teacher perspectives of assessment and testing regimes within primary schools"
  • Volkert, A. "A study exploring how, and how well, pre-registration occupational therapy students are prepared for practice"

The following students are directed by Paul Blackledge

  • Laight, J. "Teacher professionalism, trade unionism and gender: a response from women NUT activists"

The following students are directed by Viv Caruana

  • Barnaby, J. "To what extent are the associated dispositions of play and playfulness demanded by the emerging creative and knowledge economies, and can those dispositions be developed through HE programmes?""
  • MacAuley, A. "Graduate employability: Are retailing degrees fit for purpose and do they meet the needs of the retail sector?"
Higher Education Research Group

The following students are directed by Doug Martin

  • Aksamit-Hollingworth, T. "Coping strategies and commonality of experience amongst graduates and undergraduates who self-report difficulties with maths"

The following students are directed by Nick Sutcliffe

  • Al Zadjali, F. "Graduate employability; Are retailing degrees fit for purpose and do they meet the needs of the retail sector?"
  • Lazarevski, S. "Higher education institutional support for self-regulated learning"
  • Wilson, S. "Does the current educational system effectively prepare students for entry to Higher Education: Do they have the skills to achieve?"

The following students are directed by John Sharp

  • Almond, J. "Conceptions of leadership in higher education"

The following students are directed by Stephen Newman

  • Beastall, E. "Stories of Stress and Surveillance in Teaching"

The following students are directed by David White

  • Campbell, J. "An industry-drive methodology for teaching database development in Higher Education"
  • Lane, D. "Addicted to Mitigation? A study on the reliance upon mitigation by students"
  • Tyssen, J. "Student retention versus student drop-out: a self-determination approach to motivational profiles, motivational vulnerability, engagement and pedagogies"

The following students are directed by Viv Caruana

  • Chambers, M. "Distance learning technologies and traditional learning theories, a square peg in a round hole? An investigation into student engagement and the learning experience"
  • Corazzi, S. "How is Global Outlook as a graduate attribute being embedded in the curriculum and to what extent is it enabling students to become more inter-culturally aware?"
  • Nolan, J. "Supporting the understanding and 'writing' of L2 academic assignments in English on a UK HE pre-sessional course"
  • Steele, D. "Exploring the transformative impact of an international work placement as part of higher education study"

The following students are directed by Ruth Robbins

  • Chapman, F. "An exploration of extenuating circumstance and mitigation processes within Higher Education Institutions"

The following students are directed by Caroline Bligh

  • Cox, S. "The teaching of Leadership and Management in Higher Education"

The following students are directed by Hayley Fitzgerald

    Halafihi, N. "Assessing the academic awareness of 'capital' from within a University environment"

The following students are directed by Deborah Fox

  • Hillier, M. "How affective are animated pedagogical agents hosted within a virtual learning environment at helping to maintain preregistration undergraduate nursing student engagement?"

The following students are directed by Anne Flintoff

  • Richardson, S. "Cultivating a sense of belonging in mature, part-time student"

The following students are directed by George Lodorfos

  • Sherwin, S. "An analysis of how leadership is conceptualised in higher education"
Children, Young People and Families

The following students are directed by Kevin Hylton

  • Colilles, S. "Young minority ethnic learners interconnecting with their known sociocultural practices: A critical analysis"

The following students are directed by Caroline Bligh

  • Fathima, M. "Exploring the significance of guided participation in young children"
  • McAllister, E. "Young Children's creative thinking: the perceptions of teachers and early years practitioners"
  • Murphy, A. "Occupational potential and identity in people with dyslexia"

The following students are directed by Carey Philpott

  • Kelly, M. "An exploration of variance in the level of emotional intelligence in children 'looked after', relative to their academic progress"

The following students are directed by Nick Frost

  • Llewellyn, A. "An evaluation of an immersive learning tool in social work education"

The following students are directed by David White

  • Olusoga, E. "'Character training' and 'moral instruction': social construction of the school-child through personal and social education"

The following students are directed by Nick Sutcliffe

  • Smith, S. "Constructing professional youth work identities - a search for understanding"

The following students are directed by Jon Tan

  • Tsoukala, A. "Young people's voice, technology and social democracy: a comparative study of Greece and United Kingdom"

The following students are directed by Lisa O'Keife

  • Whalley, E. "Children from birth to three: how much do they matter? A multi-method study of the role of the early years professional in England with children from birth to three"

The following students are directed by Brett Lashua

  • Whiter, S. "Identity in the digital age: an investigation of the use of social media by student childhood professionals"

The following students are directed by Fraser Brown

  • Wragg, M. "The role of workplace play within the high growth sector creative industries"

Recent Doctoral Completions

2014-15

The following students are directed by Pat Broadhead

  • Richardson, A. PhD "The impact of Sure Start children's centres on social capital and exclusion"

The following students are directed by Avril Brock

  • Chesworth, E. PhD "Multiple perspectives of play in a reception class: exploring insider meanings"

The following students are directed by Kevin Hylton

  • Houston, G. PhD "The stories of black children in reception classes: A critical race perspective on race and racism in early years education"
  • Curtis, S. PhD "Black women leaders in early years education"

The following students are directed by Jacqueline Stevenson

  • Walker, G. EdD "Institutional habitus and educational outcomes of looked after children: complexities and paradoxes"

The following students are directed by Jon Tan

  • Parton, G. PhD "Problem-based learning in initial teacher education: The construction and adaption of professional identity"

The following students are directed by Lori Beckett

  • Sheikh, A. PhD "Becoming a teacher': black minority ethnic student teachers' experiences of initial teacher education and training"
2015-16

The following students are directed by Dot Moss

  • Richter, I. PhD "Journeys through childhood studies: constructing identities through higher education"

The following students are directed by Jaqueline Stevenson

  • McLachlan, J. EdD "Communicating with parents: an examination of newly qualified (primary) teachers' experiences"