Dr Caroline Bligh
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 key strategic leadership role in which Caroline works with the Dean to achieve success in meeting the School’s objectives and the University KPIs.
Caroline strives for the advancement in interdisciplinary and pedagogically driven research within the School’s RICHES University Research Centre by contributing to the seminar programme, teaching on the Professional Doctorate Programme and supervising Doctoral students – both PhD and EdD. Since achieving her Doctorate in 2011, Caroline has gained 5 Doctoral completions (4x PhD and 1x EdD) with 2 further Viva examinations taking place November 2017.
Formerly Caroline held the position of Director of the Professional Doctorate in Education. In this role Caroline built the EdD programme up to 55 students. 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. She is currently researching:
- The means through which international bilingual students gain a sense of belonging when studying in UK HE provision;
- Sociocultural influences in learning and teaching
- The significance of silence as a tool for learning English as a second language
Contributing to the wider UniversityAs a nominated member, Caroline sits on the Academic Quality and Standards committee. Formerly she was an elected member on the University Research & Enterprise Committee and nominated member of the University Research Degree Sub-Committee. In addition Caroline deputises for the Dean at School and University wide meetings and events, Caroline also Chairs meetings and attends as a panel representative at meetings including Exam committees and Boards, Doctoral Confirmation of Registration meetings, Viva examinations, School academic committee, Academic integrity and interview panels. Caroline also sits on Steering groups which support the University in driving key agendas forward.
5 x PhD completions
Having been shortlisted each year, I achieved the University accolade of University Postgraduate supervisor 2016.
Caroline formerly served as the External Examiner for the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) and the Masters in Research (MRes) for Newcastle University.
She also was invited and served as an external panel member for the successful revalidation of the Social Sciences Department at Edge Hill University.
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
- Higher Education Academy
- Leeds Healthcare NHS Trust – public service voluntary member
- 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
- Initial membership of the Nursing and Midwifery Council through graduating as a nurse - not practice active since 1990
- Professional Doctorate in Education
- Doctoral Research Awards: Supervising 7 x PhDs and EdDs
- Bilingualism in Education presentations across courses
- Sociocultural theorising
- Bilingual International students means by which they gain a sense of belonging
- The significance of silent spaces in learning
- The silent period for emergent, young bilingual learners
- The rise of Professional Doctorates