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).

Programme Lead: iPGCE and iQTS

Andy Bloor is a Senior Lecturer in International Education and Programme Lead for the iPGCE and iQTS programmes. His fields of interest are 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 Special Educational Needs and Disability

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.

Associate Lecturer, MSc HRM - Programme Leader/CIPD Lead

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

Alison Hardman
Head of Discipline for Secondary and Post 14 FES Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training and Education (ITT/E)

Dr Alison Hardman is the Head of Discipline for Secondary and FE ITT/E

Senior Lecturer

Nick is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education. He is part of the Collaborative Partnership team that is responsible for the coordination of the Foundation Degree in Children's and Young People, and he is also part of the BA(Hons) Education Studies, the BA(Hons) Child and Youth Studies and the iPGCE teams.

David Kershaw
Senior Lecturer

David is a I'm a Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts, Humanities and Education, who teaches on the BEd, PGCE and Schools Direct programs.