Senior Lecturer - Education Studies

Tel: +44 (0)1204 903291


I have over 30 years experience of teaching people with additional needs and developing appropriate curricula in a variety of contexts, including special schools, community contexts and a specialist FE College. I have been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bolton for 9 years, primarily training teachers to teach in the FE and Skills Sector.

Research Interests and Research Subject Specialisms

Inclusive Education

Teaching Responsibilities

Teaching – ITE 14+ (Initial Teacher Education) TLAN (teaching learners with additional needs) full-time, part-time, CPD

TLAN Pathway Personal Tutor

Observations of Trainee Teachers on Professional Placements

Link Tutor for ITE at Bury College

Dissertation supervision – BA (hons) Education and Learning & Masters in Inclusive Education

Publications and Research Outputs

2001 – When I was a Course Manager at Bridge College, they were successfully chosen from a national field, as one of the four Case Study Action Research Sites by the University of Cambridge and SKILL, to be involved in the EQOL (Enhancing Quality Of Life) three year research project into facilitating transitions for People with Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties. This culminated in the publication and national launch of the EQOL pack, which incorporated a detailed staff development document, including a video.

2007 – While I was at Bridge College I was involved in the initial consultation process for the early Milestones prior to the publication of the Adult Pre-Entry Curriculum Framework, which incorporated some of her suggestions.

2008 – I was a Co-Researcher on an LSC (Learning and Skills Council) regional Gateway Pathfinder Project with the Holly Bank Trust in West Yorkshire, which involved the successful development of a Self-Esteem Indicator Schedule for use with young adults with learning difficulties.

2011/12 – I completed research for my Dissertation for the MA (Inclusive Education) “Just because we don’t talk it doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to say!” which focussed upon the perceptions of eight members of a Facilitated Communication group – Quiet Riot.

2013-2015 – I was involved in the Stay at Home research project with University of Bolton colleagues, Bolton Council and parents/carers, which focused upon the consideration of different supported living options for adults with additional needs.

Other relevant information

2012-2016 – Trustee for Lever Park Trust – a special school in Bolton for pupils with ESB (emotional, social & behavioural difficulties)

2013 – The External Academic on the University of Bedfordshire Course Approval Event for FD Disability Studies & BA Applied Disability Studies

2013-to date – The External Examiner for FdA and BA Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) at the University Centre Blackburn College validated by the University of Lancaster

Dec 2016 – HEA Fellowship achieved