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).

Professor of Post-Compulsory Education

Professor James Avis is Professor of Post-Compulsory Education at the University of Derby. His research currently focuses on the policy context surrounding vocational education and training, with additional interests in intersectionality social justice, waged labour and the impact of socio-economic change on the sector.

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 and the National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading effective inclusive practice in SEN (PG Certificate)

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

Trevor is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) and FdA Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). His research interests include the etiology of autism and ADHD, issues and debates in the area of SEND and working with individuals with complex needs.

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 explored 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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