Nigel Wright

Lecturer in Education (part-time)

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

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Nigel Wright began academic life in history but moved to education where he researches educational leadership and management.

He has interests in educational evaluation having conducted national and regional projects as principal investigator.

Nigel has a particular interest in research methodology and the supervision of doctorates which is his principal role now.



Research Interests

  • Leadership and management
  • Problem identification and definition, particularly 'wicked' problems
  • Issues relating to cultural dissonance


Bottery M., Wright N., (2014) 'Passing on the reins of responsibility? Comparing school principals’ values and practices in a ‘wicked’ reality'. Contemporary Educational Leadership 1:4 pp 69-90

Bottery M., Wright N., (2014) 'Passing on the reins of responsibility? An international comparison of school leaders’ values'. Contemporary Educational Leadership 1:3 pp 51-70

Bottery M., Wright N., James S. (2012) 'Personality, moral purpose and the leadership of an education for sustainable development'. Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education 40:3 pp 227-241

Wright N. (2011) 'Between ‘Bastard’ and ‘Wicked’ Leadership? School Leadership and the emerging policies of the UK Coalition Government'. Journal of Educational Administration and History 43:4 pp 345-362

Bore A & Wright N (2009) 'The wicked and complex in education: developing a transdisciplinary perspective for policy formulation, implementation and professional practice', Journal of Education for Teaching 35:3 pp 241-256

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Research PhDs

Nigel welcomes applications for doctoral research in the areas of leadership and management, educational evaluation and, where appropriate, general educational issues which have a ‘wicked’ dimension.

He has worked for three decades with research students from the Middle East and has a particular interest in research in education in this part of the world.

Completed PhDs

  • Binmaboob T., (2015) The Use of Graphic Organisers in the teaching of English as a second language in Saudi Arabia, University of Hull
  • Soteriadou M., (2014) Ethnographic study of teachers practices dealing with inclusion in Cyprus, University of Hull
  • Overton D., (2014 ) Stakeholder perceptions in the development of a Children’s University, University of Hull
  • James F., (2013) Developing professional identity in mature entrants to teaching, University of Hull
  • Qassim J., (2009)The development of assessment policy in Qatar, University of Hull
  • Marmara C., (2012) Staff development for Secondary School Teachers in Cyprus, University of Hull

Current PhD supervisions

  • An Investigation into How Child-Centered Education is Constructed in Early Years Education in the Public Sector in Saudi Arabia
  • The Experience of Transition from High School to University: A qualitative exploration of perceptions of first year female students at King Saud University
  • Reflective Learning Practice and Leadership Capacity: A Case Study at Ha’il University School of Education
  • Assessment in secondary schools in Libya
  • The perceptions of three stakeholder groups on the impact of using two western methods (Total Quality Management and School Effectiveness Research) for improving education in Saudi Arabia
  • Exploring the perceptions of informed individuals about the education provisions for Bidoun in Kuwait



Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Reading)
  • MA (Reading)