Staff profile

Dr Geraldene Codina

Senior Lecturer

Geraldine Codina


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation



My main areas of research address inclusive education, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), embodied pedagogy, qualitative research skills, and student engagement.

I am the Programme Leader for the MA Inclusion and SEND (including the MA ISEND degree running at Mediterranean College, Greece) and the pathway leader for the SEND option on the MA Education. I teach on the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (NASENCo), and supervise Doctoral students and those completing their Masters dissertations. Previously I taught students on a number of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes and worked as the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care Head of Quality.

As part of my Higher Educational (HE) role, I have worked with the Department for Education (DfE) and a number of Local Authorities, providing training, writing for publication and working on research projects. Prior to working in Higher Education, I worked as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and school teacher in both special and mainstream settings. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the following modules:

Research interests

Focussed on inclusion, SEND, methods of qualitative data analysis and student engagement Geraldene’s research often draws on the work of Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur and Merleau-Ponty. Methodologically my research tends to employ hermeneutic phenomenology.

My PhD is entitled: Reading Movement: Towards an embodied understanding of pedagogy. 

Membership of professional bodies

Awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015.



PhD - University of Winchester. Title - Reading Movement: Towards an embodied understanding of pedagogy

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills (Distinction)  - University of Winchester

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (Pass, no grade distinctions given)  - Kingston University, South West London

BA (Hons) QTS with Dance, Science and Mathematics (First Class Honours) - University of Surrey, Roehampton Institute

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