Research can positively change practice and benefit students, colleagues and educational organisations

I am studying for a PhD by Published Work.  Having written two books for the practice of personal tutoring in further and higher education, I am exploring proactive, holistic conceptions of tutoring further through the lens of critical pedagogy and the important implications for organisations, practitioners and students.

Current writing on definitions and implications will be followed by pieces examining the findings of my current primary research on the perceived effectiveness of the tutoring role, discussing the history of tutoring, considering the policy overview and updating classic tutoring models.

If you are undertaking, or thinking of undertaking, research, evaluation or a project in a similar area to this or the ones listed below, I would welcome a conversation with you.

My research interests include:

  • Conceptions of the personal tutor as educational emancipator through the critical lenses of Paulo Freire and Antonio Gramsci
  • The impact personal tutoring and coaching can have on students and, more broadly, institutions
  • The relationship between personal tutoring and teaching
  • Personal tutoring roles, support processes and systems
  • The relationship between students’ emotional well-being and academic progress
  • Student/staff partnership and collaborative inquiry

Recent activity:

May 2019-May 2020 – OneHE Inaugural Foundation Grant 

Defining Personal Tutoring – An Analytic Inductive Study.  This research, undertaken with two colleagues from York St. John University, aims to create a consensus definition of personal tutoring in UK higher education, grounded in the lived experience of tutors.  More information can be found here.

June 2017-February 2019 – Intervention for Success Project (Office for Students)

A collaborative project between the Universities of Coventry, Huddersfield, Lincoln and Manchester Metropolitan University focussing on tackling differential achievement, by developing practical activities and resources for personal tutoring that will support students at risk of leaving or not achieving their potential.  More information can be found here.

November 2017-June 2018 – Lincoln Higher Education Research Award

“How can I be an effective personal tutor and what is out there to help me do this?”  Staff perceptions of their personal tutor role and the influence of key resources.   More information can be found here.

September 2014-July 2015 – Research Development Fellowship

How does the use of scaling from the OSKAR coaching framework impact upon student progress and emotional well-being?  The final report can be found here.