Dr Madeleine Findon

Dr Madeleine Findon

School of Education
Lecturer in Educational Leadership

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Maddy is a lecturer and researcher in educational leadership with a background in early years education and TESOL. She is currently teaching on several MA modules within the Department of Teacher Education and has a key role in supporting the apprentices and mentors on the new Educational Leadership MEd Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship. Her research interests focus on leadership in early years education and academic resilience.

Feedback and office hours

Days of work: Mondays (half day), Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Undergraduate drop-in tutorials on Tuesday mornings between 10 and 11.
MEd Degree Apprentice drop-in tutorials Tuesday afternoons between 4 and 5 pm.
Other times available by appointment.


  • PhD in Education – University of Warwick 2015
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – University of Warwick 2015
  • MA Educational Research Methods (with distinction) – University of Warwick 2011
  • Early Years Professional Status – University of Worcester 2010
  • BA Hons Early Childhood (Practitioner Options) (first class) – University of Worcester 2010.                                                                 
  • TESOL Certificate – City College Coventry 2002


Maddy Findon is a lecturer and researcher in education. She started her career in early years education in her teens, working for a variety of settings in Warwickshire and Bristol. She moved to Spain and qualified as a TESOL teacher, spending 6 years in the country. On her return to the UK, she obtained her first degree and qualified as an Early Years Professional. She combined early years roles with teaching both English and Spanish to adults and children.

She moved into academia in 2011 and completed her PhD (on national approaches to early years education and creativity in young children) in 2015. She joined the University of Birmingham in September 2019, where she took on the role of Degree Apprenticeship Lead for the MEd programme. In recent years she has also engaged in several small-scale research projects and contributed to bids for larger projects focusing on learning experiences and inclusion.  


  • Using Evidence for School Improvement
  • Understanding School Improvement
  • Education Observation, Evaluation and Supervision
  • Leadership Enquiry

Other activities

Co-convenor of the Leadership in Early Years Education RIG - BELMAS