Doctoral Researcher Profiles

There are currently more than 300 students (full-time and part-time) registered for research degrees within the School. As far as our research training environment is concerned we have won top-ranking ESRC 1+3 recognition with two quota studentships being funded by the ESRC each academic year since the scheme began.

Below are some of the profiles for some of our doctoral researchers categorised by research topic (the profiles may appear in more than one category). Alternatively, view an A-Z listing of the profiles

Further Education 

Jesvir Mahil

As a major stakeholder in education, what is the role and influence of Ofsted, in promoting the development of creativity skills in vocational business studies courses for young learners aged 16 to 19 in Further Education Colleges? 

Adam Matthews

Sociology of education and approaches to post 16 learning

Health Education

Dawn Jackson

Training in General Practice - what's happening in the supervisory relationship?

History of Education

Julie Foster

Did Education Make a Difference? The impact education on the outcome of working-class individuals in Birmingham in the 19th century

Alison Laitner

Discovering Childrens' Voices and Experiences; Changes from family to institutional care for children and young people with disabilities , Birmingham 1770 to 1870

Izzy Mohammed

Public archives, Representation and Integration in Post-War, Multicultural Urban Contexts: Birmingham and Manchester

Kate Spencer-Bennett

Libraries in Women’s Lives

Higher Education

Leanne B.M. Campbell

BTEC Student Retention in Higher Education

Kristina Gruzdeva

A cross-sectional study investigating relationships between students’ financial literacy, their search for information about Higher Education and decisions they make. The research aims to identify variation in these relationships by student background.

Holly Henderson

Place, space and possible selves in the experiences of final year college-based HE students in Engand

Roberta Keys

Teachers Perceptions for Economics; a gendered subject?

Beverley Maynard

Widening Participation Policy, Student Support and the Challenge for Higher Education

Jim Pugh

University and Higher Education cultural change since the implementation of higher fees in England

ICT in Education

Alexia Achtypi

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) practices for the Social Communication of children with autism in primary school settings

Stephen Lane

Rise of the Tweacher - teacher discourse on Twitter

International Research

Kubra Akbayrak

An investigation into the training programmes of specialist teachers of children and young people with vision impairments in Turkey and England.

Juliet Atawuula Atuguba

Preparation of pre-service teachers for environmental science teaching in basic schools in Ghana: college tutors perspectives.

Maria Bastaki

The impact of Model United Nations Conferences on global citizenship identity in a Greek Senior High School environment

Lee Evans

A longitudinal study looking at how Chinese students perform on postgraduate degrees in a UK business school in comparison with home-based and other international students.  In particular, whether there are differences between the students in terms of their approaches to learning and the beliefs that they hold about knowledge and learning.  

Hassan Khalfan Hamidu

Community participation in managing public secondary schools as an implementation of education policy: A lesson from the Morogoro region, Tanzania.

Alejandra Meyer Romero

Promotion and Retention in Chilean Primary Schools: Policies and Practices

Gordon Mabengban Yakpir

Sex Education: Perceptions and experiences of Window of Hope Tutors in Ghanaian colleges of Education

Leadership and Educational Policy

Simon Asquith

Educational Equalities and the 'Self-Improving School System' in England

Judith Bruce-Golding

Deputy and Assistant Headship: Why Headship is no longer an option

Hassan Khalfan Hamidu

Community participation in managing public secondary schools as an implementation of education policy: A lesson from the Morogoro region, Tanzania.

Linguistics

Danny Doyle

Language attitudes and practices of socio-economic disadvantaged boys in relation to the expectations of the National Curriculum.

Cathie Lacey

Construction of professional/personal identity for ESOL teachers; CPD and ITT

Nahoko Mulvey

Exploring the programme of Japanese as a heritage language education in England

Rosie Reinboldt

A linguistic ethnographic study of the identity construction of women fleeing from domestic abuse

Philosophy of Education

Nicholas Stock

Ironism in Education

Primary Schools

Alexia Achtypi

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) practices for the Social Communication of children with autism in primary school settings

Alejandra Meyer Romero

Promotion and Retention in Chilean Primary Schools: Policies and Practices

Rebecca Wood

Can Children with Autism in Mainstream Primary Schools be Fully Included in the Curriculum?

Race and Gender

April-Louise Pennant

The educational journeys and experiences of Black British females within the English education system

Religion

Josh Heyes

Christian young people’s experiences of sex and relationships education

Science

Juliet Atawuula Atuguba

Preparation of pre-service teachers for environmental science teaching in basic schools in Ghana: college tutors perspectives.

Special Educational Needs

Kubra Akbayrak

An investigation into the training programmes of specialist teachers of children and young people with vision impairments in Turkey and England.

Alexia Achtypi

How can iPad applications be effectively used to support the social communication and emotional regulation of primary school-age children with autism?

Geoff Fitzpatrick

Autism and Environmental Design

Brendan Greaney

Dyslexia in Nursing & Nurse Education – a case study

Lynda Smith

What do family narratives reveal about how families sustain caring for children with autism at home?

Aikaterini Tavoulari

Caregivers’ and professionals’ perceptions of stereotyped behaviour in young children on the autistic spectrum and with visual impairment; a comparative study

Rebecca Wood

Can Children with Autism in Mainstream Primary Schools be Fully Included in the Curriculum?

Student Fees

Jim Pugh

University and Higher Education cultural change since the implementation of higher fees in England

Student Retention

Leanne B.M. Campbell

BTEC Student Retention in Higher Education

Ioannis Soilemetzidis

Measuring and appraising (KPI QA) institutional policies and strategies related with student retention (attrition) - an institution wide approach

Widening Participation

Beverley Maynard

Widening Participation Policy, Student Support and the Challenge for Higher Education