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Dr Julie Brierley

Mrs Julie Brierley

Lecturer in Education and Programme Director PGCE with QTS (3-7 & 5-11)

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education


  • EdD
  • MA (University of Sheffield)


Julie joined the University of Hull as a full-time staff member in July 2011. She teaches on a range of early childhood courses and is the Programme Director for the Primary PGCE with QTS

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

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

Alongside 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.

Julie's interest in young children's active movement and schema continued to grow as she studied for her MA and EdD at the University of Sheffield

Julie teaches across a range of early years courses including modules on

Child development: Leadership and management in the early years:

Developing links with parents.

Julie is the Programme Director for the Primary Teacher PGCE course run at the University of Hull

Research interests

Julie interest in two year old children continues to grow, she believes this to be an age range that are particularly underestimated.

Her continual interest in young children's learning provides a broad research interest, including young children's schematic learning, the connection between movement and cognition, the importance of play, and the influence of the learning environment.

Postgraduate supervision

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