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School of Education

About the school

Driven by the belief that education is capable of challenging inequalities and injustices in society, the School of Education is committed to connect, engage and impact across local, regional, national and international contexts.

As a student of the School of Education, you'll work in partnership with our academic community to make a positive difference through education.

Whether you join us to pursue a career in teaching, or with an interest in other formal and informal educational settings, you'll benefit from the outstanding support of academic staff who are experienced education practioners with knowledge from across the sector.


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Research in the School of Education

All research in the School of Education coheres within the single Centre for Educational Participation and Research (CEPaR) around three interconnected themes, which are: Social Justice; Environment, Space and Place; and Transformative Pedagogies and Practice.

We provide opportunities for researchers, practitioners and participants to collaborate on needs-led innovative projects across these themes; utilising new and established participatory approaches.

Our research is built on a set of shared values and principles that seek social and educational change to enhance fairness, equity and social justice.

We work with researchers and practitioners from different disciplines – across the University and beyond – to investigate, theorise and implement change in different settings.

We embed the ethos and practices of participation within our culture which emphasises the importance of recognising and valuing participants as partners and experts in their lived experience – and who engage and take ownership of their learning.

Research strengths

Social Justice

Our research works towards creating enhanced opportunities for everyone to equally access and participate in both education and society. Currently, there are many social issues that impact upon the achievement of this goal – and research within this theme focuses on challenging these

We explore identity, inequality and injustice relating to children, young people and new and established communities including; poverty, socio-economic disadvantage, social class, 'race', disability, gender, LGBTQI+, age, and the intersections of such inequalities. We explore the education system in all of its forms and how it can impact specifically on. For example, children and young people who experience special educational needs, disability and inclusion [SENDI]; who are looked after or speakers of other languages, or on the edges of exclusion. We also examine major social issues in a global context such as; the climate crisis, climate justice and child sexual and criminal exploitation.

Our community

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Be part of the lasting impact that education has on people's lives, from early years to lifelong learning, and prepare for a range of careers in schools and the wider community.

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Strong partnerships

We have strong partnerships with hundreds of primary schools across Hull, the East Riding, North Yorkshire, Lincoln, and beyond.

Our people

The school is a vibrant community of extremely talented staff and students, who collaborate to craft some incredibly creative work.

staff members in the School of Education, arranged alphabetically by last name

PhD students

PhD students in the School of Education
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    Shahinaz Abdulhafiz

    An investigation into  the concept of teacher cognition through Saudi English teachers’ instructional practices regarding the use of code switching

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    Allaa Ait-Zaouit

    Novice teacher's emerging sense of professional identity explored through portrait methodology

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    Fauwaz Alali

    A case study of computer-supported collaborative learning among foundation year students at Hail University in Saudi Arabia

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    Abeer Aleid

    EFL teachers and students views about isolated and integrated form focused instruction in the common first year programme at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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    Hanan Alfaifi

    What are the opportunities and challenges for leadership practices for female heads of department at Princes Nourah University and King Saud University (a comparative study)?

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    Saeed Alqahtani

    An exploration of factors and stages in the process of students choosing to study at a private university in Saudi Arabia

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    Noah Amoo

    Assessing the technological confidence and preparedness of senior secondary school students in Ghana

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    Jacqueline Bartram

    Bridges and barriers to developing visual literacy in undergraduate students

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    Liam Booth

    Machine-driven physiological-based workload adaption of an arithmetic learning environment

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    Osama Bugulah

    Investigating stakeholders' perception of the potential impact of utilising social media platforms  in the learning and teaching process in higher education in Saudi Arabia

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    Mary Cryan

    Does education in England assist school-age mothers in their transition to motherhood ? A small- scale study utilising the voices of school-age mothers to explore experiences of motherhood and education

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    Gamela Faitur

    Stakeholders’ views of key areas for citizenship education in Libya post Gaddafi

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    Ian Hutchinson

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    Colin Johnson

    Investigating the lived experiences and perceptions of student-staff partnerships at a university

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    Alexandra Jones

    The perceptions and experiences of young people in an English secondary school who are labelled disadvantaged

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    Rebecca Kelly

    Mobile Assisted Third Spaces (MATS): What is their potential for teaching and learning?

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    Michelle Kennedy

    Social media and student nurse wellbeing: what are student nurses experiences and perceptions of social media activity within their peer groups and its effect on their wellbeing?

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    Catherine Kilburn

    Pre-school children’s policing of their peers’ gender play

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    Nicholas Kinsella

    An exploration of the importance of training in the front line delivery of the UK’s national strategy to combat modern slavery and human trafficking

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    Jianqi Liu

    The purpose of my study is to explore the academic experience of Chinese doctoral students in the UK and their professional development after returning

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    Hazel Mills

    Evaluating ‘employability’ in higher education curricula: a comparative study

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    Deborah Mills

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    Thelma Osborne-Halsey

    The recurring theme of the exclusion of ‘black’ immigrant settlers and their children in Britain from the mid-twentieth century, set within the overarching framework of the imagined community and Englishness or the national identity

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    Ganiyu Otukogbe

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    Michael Parker

    Attrition in undergraduate nurse education: A case study investigating students’ perceived barriers to completion

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    Lee Rawlings

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    Anna Van Roij

    A Study of the impact of passend onderwijs on catering for pupils with special educational needs in the Netherlands

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    Elizabeth Walker

    Portraits of school inclusion: a qualitative study of the experiences of students labelled with severe learning disabilities

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    James Waudby

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    Linda Wilkinson

    Reconceptualising teaching excellence: using narrative inquiry and portraiture to investigate success and teaching excellence in a northern university

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    Raona Williams

    Communities of practice in clinical healthcare

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    Nicola Wise

    Digital note-taking: an exploration of multi-modality on cognitive processing and 'connected' learning

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    Daniel Wray

    What understandings of the process of partnership working are revealed by teachers’ and senior leaders’ stories of their experiences?

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    Yipeng Zeng

    A new era for Chinese Higher Education: what are the key stakeholders’ perceptions of the role of leadership in promoting university governance and management?

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    Fantastic facilities

    Education students enjoy 24/7 access to the Brynmor Jones Library, which boasts more than a million books and 400 open access PCs, plus collaborative workspaces, private study areas and the best view on campus.


    †Education studies students - UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018.