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Dr Caroline Bligh

Dr Caroline Bligh
Contact Details
Dr Caroline Bligh

Head of Subject

Carnegie School Of Education

0113 81 23584 C.Bligh@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Caroline Bligh

Caroline is the Head of Subject for Education, Childhood and Early Years within the University’s Carnegie School of Education – a strategic leadership role.

Caroline was formerly the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Education and the School’s postgraduate research support tutor. In addition to teaching across all levels (undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral), Caroline enjoys contributing to the advancement of research within the newly developed RICHES University Research Centre. Caroline actively shares her passion for professionally driven and pedagogically underpinned research. Caroline's research and pedagogical specialism focuses on the initial learning trajectory and negotiations of emerging bilingual learners within monolingual educational contexts.

Contributing to the wider University

Caroline is a nominated academic member of the Academic Quality and Standards committee. Formerly she was an elected member on the University Research & Enterprise Committee and the University Research Degree Sub-Committee. Caroline also Chairs Doctoral Confirmation of Registration meetings and Viva examinations. Additionally Caroline delivers supervisory training across the University to potential Doctoral supervisors.

Doctoral completions
  • Three PhD completions

Caroline also currently serves as the External Examiner for the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) and the Masters in Research (MRes) for Newcastle University.

Peer reviewer

Caroline peer reviews on 5 journals:

  • International Journal of Early Years Education
  • Journal of Research in Childhood Education
  • Contemporary issues in Early Childhood Journal
  • Literacy Journal
  • Bilingual Research Journal
External Memberships
  • Higher Education Academy
  • International Association for Practice Doctorates
  • National Network for the Directors of the Doctorate in Education
  • BERA: British Educational Research Association
  • NALDIC: National Association for Language development in the Curriculum (English as an additional language - EAL). National and regional member.
  • Leeds Healthcare NHS Trust

Current Teaching

  • Professional Doctorate in Education
  • Doctoral Research Awards: Supervising 10 x PhDs and EdDs
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) across Teacher Training courses

Research Interests

  • Sociocultural theorising
  • The significance of silent spaces in learning
  • The silent period for emergent, young bilingual learners
  • The rise of Professional Doctorates
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