Staff profile

Dr Claire Tupling

Associate Lecturer in Education


Social Sciences


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Thank you for visiting my profile. I am currently employed as an associate lecturer in the College of Arts, Humanities and Education.  In this role, I work a limited number of hours across the year supervising a small number of doctoral students who are completing either a PhD or the Doctor of Education (EdD).

My experience in Higher Education spans almost two decades.  I joined the University of Derby in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies contributing to the suite of MA programmes within the Institute of Education, Professional Doctoral programmes in Education and Health and Social Care as well as guest lecturing on undergraduate programmes. I left my role as Senior Lecturer in 2022 and I currently work full-time as a Research and Development Manager for the AQA.

Between 2017 and 2022 I was the programme leader for the Doctor of Education (EdD).  In this role, I supported cohorts of students through the 'group supervised' or taught component of the professional doctorate.  With responsibility for the development of a doctoral pedagogy, I worked with an inter-college and inter-disciplinary team to develop an online professional doctorate. I contributed to teaching on both the Professional Doctorate in Education and the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care.  Along with colleagues from the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care I helped develop the podcast series DocCasts@Derby.  You can check out the episodes on Spotify.  

I was a co-leader of the international 'EdD Directors Network', a group that seeks to support directors of Doctor of Education programmes to develop professional doctoral pedagogy and enhance the status and interests of the EdD in Higher Education.  I continue to examine EdD and PhD theses and I am an external examiner for the EdD programme at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Within the College of Arts, Humanities and Education I also scrutinised equality and diversity on the College’s leadership team.  I continue my interests in dysfluency (stammering) in the academy, advocating for more inclusive practices for both students and staff who stammer as well as engaging in research.  Together with a number of other Higher Education professionals I am working to establish a network of Higher Education staff who stammer.   I am also a member of the Stamma Educators’ network for education professionals who stammer.

As a researcher in Higher Education, I contributed to several evaluations of Sure Start/Children's Centres in Middlesbrough and East Cleveland and contributed to digital democracy projects in East Cleveland. I was Research Fellow on a Food Standards Agency-funded project on active lifestyles in Middlesbrough. I was the lead researcher on the evaluation of ParentGym sessions in Kent and East London.

Prior to working in Higher Education, I was employed for several years as a local government researcher and was involved in a variety of research projects. For Carlisle Crime and Disorder Partnership I produced the Crime and Disorder Audit. For Middlesbrough Strategic Partnership I led an evaluation of neighbourhood renewal policies.

Teaching responsibilities

As an associate lecturer, I supervise a limited number of doctoral students.

Professional interests

Research interests

Doctoral Supervisions: Completed Students

Kuldeep Banwait: The student as a customer: a study of the intensified marketisation of higher education in England. Doctor of Education, University of Derby, 2017

Nicole Chavaudra: Changing practice and values? An exploration of social pedagogy for a Council’s children’s’ services workers. Doctor of Philosophy, University of Derby, 2020

Fiona Shelton: Our School Days: A narrative inquiry of the lived experiences of former pupils in Derbyshire primary schools from 1944 to 2009. Doctor of Education, University of Derby, 2021.

Anthony Aylmer: Lecturer conceptions of the community of practice within UK Higher Education: A phenomenographic analysis. Doctor of Education, University of Derby, 2022.

Julie Reynolds: Advanced Clinical Practice Education, designing an academic model to support the reality of practice: A Case Study. Doctor of Education, University of Derby, 2022.

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Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Additional interests and activities

Recent Reviews

Claire Tupling (2020) All data are local: thinking critically in a data-driven society, Information, Communication & Society

Tupling, C. (2017) Review of Dysfluencies: On Speech Disorders in Modern Literature by Chris Eagle, Reviewed in Speaking Out, [online] London: British Stammering Association

In the media

Stambassador Interview for Action for Stammering Children - YouTube

Recent publications