Staff profile

Michelle Appleby

Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Education Studies


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I lead the final year Educational Independent Studies module where students spend an entire academic year investigating a question that interests them in an educational context. I also help students understand the paradigms and methods involved in research in the second year Research Methods module. 

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

I am a passionate teacher and leader who is self-motivated and confident. I have a rich background in education which has given me extensive knowledge and experience of how to support learners in their early years through to university level.  I have been successful in creating democratic and empowering experiences in vibrant learning environments in which learners can realise their potential.

I graduated from the University of Michigan in the United States with a B.A. Education degree and a teaching qualification to teach kindergarten to fifth grade. While teaching full time, I gained my Master's degree as a Reading Specialist from Eastern Michigan University. I taught elementary school for 8 years before moving overseas to teach at an international school just outside of London. These experiences have piqued my interested in a multitude of areas such as international/ comparative education, alternative forms of education, the psychology of learning and social development throughout life, understanding and managing behaviour in a learning environment as well as Joint Honours Students' experiences and learning in Higher Education.

Research interests

I am currently working to achieve a Doctorate of Education degree by developing a research project to examine the learning experiences of joint hounours students. My estimated graduation date is January 2018.

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Experience in industry

International experience

Taught from 1999-2007 in the United States

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