Elspeth Nelson

Lecturer in Education and Childhood/ Programme Director for BA Education, Society and Culture (top-up)

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 465031

After successfully completing a BA (Hons) in Social Policy at the University of Hull in 1992, Elspeth was employed at a therapeutic community for children who had suffered various forms of abuse.

It was based on psychodynamic principles and laid the groundwork for a lifelong academic interest in early years and education.

Achieving a PGCE with QTS precipitated a change to teaching in the further education sector for more than 20 years.

Initially involved in programmes up to level 3, she began teaching on HE programmes in 2008 and this led to Elspeth becoming a quality manager.


Research Interests

  • Higher education in a further education setting, including concepts of resilience as they apply to education and student achievement

  • Student retention, background and success in learning at a higher education level of study

Research groups

Currently researching student progression between level 3 and 4 in the HE in FE sector towards her Doctorate in Education


Modules list

  • Key issues in education

  • Inclusive strategies for children with special educational needs and disability

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Rights

  • Research Methods

  • Professional Practice in Education and Early Years

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Social Policy

  • PGCE (Secondary)

  • MA (Education)

  • HEA Senior Fellow

External roles

  • City and region wide representative for a local college within the ‘Aim Higher’ government initiative to improve the numbers of students continuing their education to degree level

  • Worked recently as a visiting tutor at Bishop Grosseteste University

Professional highlights

Wrote and co-ordinated a successful ‘creative partnerships’ bid in 2010 which led to the first project of its kind to be hosted within the FE, rather than the primary sector.