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

Dave coordinates Mathematics Education provision across all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes as well as the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities within the sphere of Mathematics Education for serving teachers and other education professionals

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 the iPGCE. His fields of interest is around International and Comparative education and 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

Chris is a Senior Lecturer in SEND and Education Studies.

Geraldine Codina
Associate Professor - Research

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.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Eleni Dimitrellou is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI).

Associate Lecturer, MSc HRM - Programme Leader/CIPD Lead

Judith is an Associate Lecturer in Business and Management at the University of Derby.