Our research team

Liz Atkins
Professor of Vocational Education and Social Justice

Professor Liz Atkins is a leading scholar in the field of vocational education and training (VET). She has published widely on her concerns about how VET helps low-attaining young people move from school to work and associated ethical/methodological and social justice issues. Her recent book with Duckworth (2019) is Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education (Bloomsbury).

Mathematics Education Coordinator and Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in ITE and SEND Programme Lead: iPGCE

Andy Bloor is a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Programme Lead for iPGCE. His field of interest is around social, emotional and mental health difficulties in children, particularly those with Attachment Disorder and neuro-atypical children.

Chris Bristow
Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and SEND

Lecturer in Criminology

Geraldine Codina
Senior Lecturer

Geraldine is the Programme Leader for the MA Inclusion and SEND.

Trevor Cotterill
Programme Leader for Special Educational Needs and Disability BA (Hons) and FdA

Trevor is Programme Leader for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), both for BA (Hons) and Foundation. He teaches on our SEND, Education Studies and Further Education Collaborations programmes. His research interests include autism, the role of neurobiology and cognition in relation to it, and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Lecturer: MA Education

As a part-time lecturer Vanessa Cottle's focus is to ensure that the core module, Crafting Your Masters Study, is current and effective in ensuring students transition to level 7, and beyond where appropriate, reflexively and competently.  Currently she leads on the strategy to ensure that members of the team and students engage with each other through dialogic assignment feedback.

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Ang is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Co-ordinator for our Education and Childhood Studies courses and the foundation programme.

Maria Dent standing in front of a stand at an ASE conference
Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education

As Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education, Maria Dent supports students to be confident teachers of science. She is a Chartered Science Teacher and PSQM Hub Leader. Maria's PhD research explores the influence of celebrity scientists on the uptake of science; she is a narrative researcher, developing creative approaches to data presentation.

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