Dr Julie Brierley

Lecturer in Education and Programme Director PGCE Early Years (3-7 years)

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


+44 (0) 1482 466357

Julie joined the University of Hull as a full-time staff member in July 2011.

Previously, she trained as an early years teacher and gained 12 years' school experience including working as part of a senior management team.

Julie moved with her family to Scarborough and took over the ownership and management of a 48-place private day care setting.

Whilst continuing with the day nursery, she also worked part-time as an early years education consultant with North Yorkshire Education Services and as an associate tutor for the University of Hull.



Research Interests

  • Play and cognition - schematic learning
  • Practice with two year olds
  • Links between physical and cognitive development
  • Young children voice
  • Ethics of researching with babies

Research groups

  • Member of the faculty's Professional Identity, Partnership and Practice research group



Brierley J, 'Are we underestimating 2-year-olds? Recognising the links between scheme and mark making, implications for future pedagogy, Journal of Early Childhood Research, Sage

Brierley J, Understanding Schematic Learning at Two, Bloomsbury



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Curriculum Pedagogy and Learning
  • Foundations for Learning
  • Critical Reflection
  • Leadership and Management

Research PhDs

Julie welcomes applications in the area of young children's play and learning.


Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellowship
  • PGCE

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc
  • EYPS
  • MA Early Years
  • EdD

Professional highlights

  • Conference presentations at EECERA 2015 & 2017