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

Character Education

Kristian Guttesen
Character Education Through Poetry.

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?

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.

Hanin Bukamal
The Relationships between Teachers’ Expectations, Attitudes, and Pedagogical Practices with Student Achievement in an Inclusive Classroom.

Wen-Yu Wu
Displaced Syrian students and higher education in Lebanon and Jordan 

History of Education

Julie Foster
Did education promote social mobility within the working class in Birmingham? A case study of Blue Coat Charity School 1780-1850 

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.

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.

Melvin Attard
Exploring the issues in developing awareness training about autism for paediatricians, mainstream secondary school teachers and police officers in Malta 

Yanika Attard
What are the views of able young people with autism, their parents and professionals on what needs to be taught in life skills curriculum, and what are the promoters and barriers to achieving such skills?

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

Bobby Beaumont 
Childhood in the Camps: An ethnographic exploration of play and performance in refugee camps

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 Romano
Promotion and Retention in Chilean Primary Schools: Policies and Practices.

Sarah Todorov
Perspectives on the de-institutionalisation of children deprived of parental care in Bulgaria

Wen-Yu Wu
Displaced Syrian students and higher education in Lebanon and Jordan.

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.

Hannah Bowden
An exploration of the enactment of the Pupil Premium Plus policy by Virtual Schools and the effects on educational provision for looked-after children.

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.

Alejandra Meyer Romano
Promotion and Retention in Chilean Primary Schools: Policies and Practices

Language and Linguistics

Alicja Pyszka-Franceschini
Language Competence and Family Wellbeing - Psychological and Environmental Influences on Trilingual Language Acquisition and Language Learning, An Autoethnography.

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.

Wanyin Li
The acquisition and processing of English collocations in native and non-native speakers

Philosophy of Education

Jane Gatley
Should philosophy be taught in schools?

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.

Rebecca Bartram
Can Self-Regulation and impulsivity be improved to show a positive impact for children in the Early Years. 

Race and Gender

April-Louise Pennant
The educational journeys and experiences of Black British females within the English education system.

Religion

Josh Heyes
Religion and Sexuality Education: A narrative study with Christian young men. 

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?

Melvin Attard
Exploring the issues in developing awareness training about autism for paediatricians, mainstream secondary school teachers and police officers in Malta 

Yanika Attard
What are the views of able young people with autism, their parents and professionals on what needs to be taught in life skills curriculum, and what are the promoters and barriers to achieving such skills?

Julia Barnes
Exploring Nurturing Touch for Teenagers with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties in Education Settings in England

Geoff Fitzpatrick
Autism and Environmental Design.

Martin Goodwin
Quality assurance of communication and involvement between staff and pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties: towards a whole school approach within special schools.

Brendan Greaney
Dyslexia in Nursing & Nurse Education – a case study.

Kathryn O Mahony
Evaluating impact of Autism education standards and competencies

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

Aikaterini Tavoulari
Repetitive behaviours in children with visual impairments and children on the autism spectrum: the perspectives of caregivers and professionals (a comparative study).

Catherine Walker
Do young people with mild / moderate hearing loss have the social and emotional skills to enable them to lead confident and independent lives beyond school?

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.