Staff profile

Vanessa Cottle

Lecturer: MA Education


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a part-time lecture on the MA Education. Within this role I coordinate the core module, Crafting Your Masters Study for both part-time students and full-time students who attend not only the MA Education, but also the MA Inclusion and SEND, the MA Childhood and MA Educational Leadership and Management. All programmes include international and european students and are diverse in terms of their career routes - they range from school teachers to NHS Trainers and from those intending to practice to leaders and managers - who study both on the home programme and with collaborative partners in Greece and Switzerland.


Teaching responsibilities

I have taught across the programme on modules which include: Crafting Your Masters Study (which offers new students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills for masterly study and enables students to challenge their understanding of what becoming a masters student means for their current and future thinking); Evidence Based Practice (which provides the knowledge and understanding to support research within the Independent Study); Developing the Skills of the Specialiast Practitioner (which is an opportunity for students to focus on a specialism - subject or otherwise - of their choice) and Learning Theories in Action (which offers students an opportunity to seek alternative strategies for practice drawing from theoretical perspectives).

As a part-time member of the team I now focus on Crafting Your Masters Study and supervising students who wish to develop an interpretive methodology for their Independent Study research. 

Professional interests

My professional interests are all related to Education. Continuing Professional Development is a key motivator for MA Education students and it is important that I have insights into their needs. Development of the postgraduate disposition is of particular interest.

Research interests

My research interests reflect my former role as programme leader and current role as coordinator of a pivotal module across a number of postgraduate programmes. Currently, I am waiting to be examined on my doctoral thesis which has explored the experiences of part-time students as they become  masters of education whilst studying for continuing professional development.  These students' tensions arising in changing identity and the underlying implications for their self-esteem and confidence have been key aspects of this study.


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Adminstration work in Local Authority and private companies.

Most of my career has been located within Further Education, working with a range of student types.  I have a strong experience of working with NVQs and later became Operations Manager for FE Teacher Education which laterly included responsibility for the College CPD.

International experience

I had the pleasure of visiting the Reggio Emilia 1-week conference which included visits to a range of schools to see first hand the Reggio Emila approach to early years teaching.

I also worked with European colleagues in Portugal for a week where we visited a number of secondary schools in Lisbon with a particular focus on meeting the needs of children in lower socio-economic groups.

I have delivered Evidence Based Practice to our Swiss partner university and conducted quality visits to partners in both Athens and Thessaloniki

Recent publications