Bethan Morris-Tran

Doctoral researcher

Transforming Education, Transforming Lives: Learning Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bethan Morris-Tran

This study aims to explore the experiences of primary and secondary school students and teachers during the pandemic, particularly focusing on aspects of; digital access, government and community support, home environment and mental health. In order to explore these themes, qualitative data will be gathered through individual semi-structured interviews with secondary and primary school students and teachers, and using a photo-elicitation technique during interviews with students.

Following individual interviews, group interviews will follow, with students who have a sibling/siblings also currently at school. Alongside this, a documentary will be conducted, analysing government policies and statements, school announcements and national reports to inform the interview questions and direction.

Focus on these elements will provide insights into the nuances of individuals surrounding, and provide invaluable help in exploring the cacophony of challenges facing individuals and communities, and what our route to recovery should entail.

Research Supervisors

Professor Julie Allan and Professor Deborah Youdell


Scholarship from the YTL Foundation


  • MPhil Education (Globalisation and International Development) - Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies - Manchester Metropolitan University

Research interests

  • International development
  • Educational responses to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Social class and education
  • Educational governance
  • International rankings and testing on educational agendas

Research projects

Current Project - STORIE (in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam)

STORIE is a research project with an empowerment approach to storytelling, that is based on aim of making higher education more inclusive. It aims to do this by collecting narratives from students and staff, as part of a regenerative living systems approach to gather data and promote previously unheard voices to be part of a process of inclusive change. As project curator, Bethan's role involves assisting with the data collection and analysis.

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