Postgraduate Researchers

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Marianthi Kourti

Autism and Gender: How autistic individuals form a gender identity

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.