Staff Profiles: School of Education and Humanities

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Dr. Graham Parton

Head of School, Education and Humanities

Early Years and Education Studies

Teacher Education

I have worked in education since training as a teacher in 1994. I began my career as an Early Years Teacher in East London. My main interests are Problem-based Learning and the use of technology to enhance learning for all. As part of my passion for technology enhanced learning, I have held the title of Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for the past two years.

Prof. Paul Innes

Prof. Paul Innes

Professor of Shakespeare Studies & Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm a specialist in Shakespeare studies and I'm particularly interested in what his plays meant at the time they were written and how they were performed on his own stage.

Dr. Adrian Long

Dr. Adrian Long

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Biblical and theological perspectives offer sometimes surprising, sometimes problematic insights on what it means to be human. I’m fascinated by the hard questions they provoke for understanding who we are and how we might live.

Dr. Alex Masardo

Dr. Alex Masardo

Academic Subject Leader: Early Years and Education

Early Years and Education Studies

Alex is the Academic Subject Leader for Early Years and Education, leading and delivering the academic strategy within the EYE subject community.

Dr. Charlotte Beyer

Dr. Charlotte Beyer

Senior Lecturer in English Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

I am a contemporary literature specialist, with a background in gender and women's studies. My teaching and module tutor responsibilities include crime fiction, postcolonial writing, and contemporary American and British literature.

Emma Butler

Emma Butler

Lecturer in Early Years

Early Years and Education Studies

Graded an outstanding Early Years Teacher by Ofsted in 2015, I now lecture on the undergraduate Early Childhood Studies course and mentor on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training course.

Rachel Eperjesi

Rachel Eperjesi

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and Course Leader for School Direct PGCE Primary

Teacher Education

Following a successful teaching career in local primary schools, I am now a member of the English and Professional Studies teaching teams in the Primary Education department.

Dr. Angela France

Dr. Angela France

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I write and teach poetry and have published four poetry books, Occupation (2009), Lessons in Mallemaroking (2011), Hide (2013). and The Hill (2017). I also have an interest in writing for well-being and run writing workshops in the community.

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Dr. Robin Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

What I love most about teaching is the opportunity to introduce students to films that not only challenge them to rethink what cinema is now, but more importantly, what it could be in the future.

Simon Hyde-White

Simon Hyde-White

Academic Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for BEd Primary

Teacher Education

Academic Course Leader and Senior Lecturer for BEd Primary

Dr. Roy Jackson

Dr. Roy Jackson

Reader in Philosophy of Religion, Academic Course Leader for MA in Philosophical and Religious Thought

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a Reader in the Philosophy of Religion, teaching courses on Islam, Nietzsche, Greek philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

Lynda Kay

Lynda Kay

Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education / SEN & ACL MEd/MA International

Early Years and Education Studies

I am an experienced Class Teacher, SENCO and Specialist Advisory Teacher for SEN/D. I am passionate about improving outcomes for children with additional needs and supporting professionals in schools and settings in their work to achieve this.

Dr. Lania Knight

Dr. Lania Knight

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I've wanted to be a writer since the fifth grade. I love story, whether it's made up or true-to-life. My family is chock-full of storytellers, and I'm glad to be continuing the tradition.

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Senior Lecturer in English Language

Literary and Critical Studies

I completed a BA and MA in Linguistics, before doing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Reading. My research area is Sociolinguistics and Dialectology. I specialise in developing theoretical models of the diffusion of language change.

Richard Millican

Richard Millican

Senior Lecturer in Education

Early Years and Education Studies

I have worked as a teacher and teacher trainer across sectors in England and overseas including Spain, Egypt and Oman. I am particularly interested in how education can help social justice and in education for sustainable development.

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Academic Course Leader in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a Senior Lecturer in American history, teaching courses on democracy and slavery in the 19th century, reconstruction and the South after the Civil War, major themes in 20th century US history, and the long civil rights movement.

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Rita Owen

Academic Course Leader for School Direct Salaried and Senior lecturer in English and Early years

Teacher Education

Academic Course Leader for School Direct Salaried and Senior Lecturer for English and Early Years across Initial Teacher Training programmes.

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Senior Lecturer in Humanities

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

My main area of specialisation is the study of the sacred texts of Christianity and Judaism in the context of the ancient world together with considerations of how these texts have been appropriated more recently.

Dr. Martin Randall

Dr. Martin Randall

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I teach prose on all three undergraduate levels and my specialisms include the American short story, experimental writing, theories of the novel, historical fiction and transgressive writing.

Russ Shalofsky

Russ Shalofsky

Senior Lecturer in Primary ITE

Teacher Education

Senior lecturer in Primary ITE and Education Studies

Arran Stibbe

Arran Stibbe

Professor of Ecological Linguistics

Literary and Critical Studies

In my teaching and research I focus on how language makes us who we are as people, and the role of language in building the kind of society we live in, using discourse analysis and ecolinguistics.

Eve-Tandoi

Dr. Eve Tandoi

Lecturer in Education

Early Years and Education Studies

My interests in children’s literature and pedagogy were generated through my Doctoral research. This together with my background in philosophy and interest in education policy fuel my current research.

Dr. Paul Vare

Dr. Paul Vare

Senior Lecturer - Research Development

Early Years and Education Studies

My interests in education and sustainable development have taken me from Africa to the Arctic, working with small charities, multi-national companies and the UN.

Dr. Martin Wood

Dr. Martin Wood

Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

My love of religion stems from several years spent with a backpack, travelling through Australasia, East Asia and India encountering Maoris, Buddhists and Hindus, sharing food and exchanging thoughts and experiences.

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Senja Andrejevic-Bullock

Lecturer in Dramatic Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I’m a playwright and a prose writer, whose work has been performed at The Everyman Studio in Cheltenham and published in The Lampeter Review, The Wrong Quarterly, Scrutiny Journal, Storgy Literary Magazine, The Dawntreader, Literary Mama, Brain, Child, and other magazines. My research interests include migrations, displacement and identity.

Richard Brice

Richard Brice

Senior Lecturer in Education

Teacher Education

I am interested in both Information Technology and Design Technology as their curricula closely reflect the changing educational world that primary pupils inhabit.

Cathy Burch

Cathy Burch

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages

Teacher Education

I am a Lecturer in Primary Education, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages

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Simon Butler

Lecturer in Secondary Education

Teacher Education

Simon teaches on the Secondary PGCE course, contributing to the delivery of both the History PGCE Course and the Professional Studies programme.

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Dr. Kirsten Daly

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Romanticism)

Literary and Critical Studies

My love of eighteenth-century literature began whilst studying the poetry of Alexander Pope at school and I discovered the Romantics whilst reading English Literature at university.

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Dr. Duncan Dicks

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I am a writer with special interest in crime fiction as a reflection of contemporary society.

Liz Durden-Myers

Liz Durden-Myers

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Teacher Education

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Liz is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education within the School of Education and Humanities. Her main teaching responsibilities include delivering on the PGCE in Physical Education.

Prof. Philip Esler

Prof. Philip Esler

Portland Chair in New Testament Studies

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I specialise in the interpretation of biblical and extra-biblical texts and ancient legal papyri using social-scientific ideas and perspectives to open up new lines of enquiry and to help understand the results.

Lindsay Evans

Lindsay Evans

Senior Lecturer in Education

Teacher Education

I am excited by the way in which technology has transformed learning in recent years. I enthusiastically keep up to date with developments to find new ways to engage children with learning.

Dr. Colin Forster

Dr. Colin Forster

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: Science

Teacher Education

I teach as a member of the primary science and professional studies teams, following a successful career as a teacher in various schools and educational settings.

Neil Gilbride

Neil Gilbride

Lecturer in Education

Early Years and Education Studies

I have a multidisciplinary professional and academic background stretching over 12 years. I use this to research new ways of exploring school leadership and organisational life.

Clare Harris

Clare Harris

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies

Early Years and Education Studies

Early childhood is a fascinating subject area which has continued to excite me for over 20 years; both as a teacher, Early Years Leader and Lecturer.

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Dr. Beatrice Hitchman

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm a novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing. I teach historical fiction, the short story, autobiography and on the critical side, my research encompasses queer fiction and the endings of novels.

Ruth Hollier

Ruth Hollier

Academic Course Leader for Primary Education

Teacher Education

I lead the Primary Primary PGCE course, am a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and part of the Primary Maths Team.

Dr. David Howell

Dr. David Howell

Lecturer in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Dr. Howell teaches on the history of revolution, nationalism and fascism. His wider research activities consider contemporary migration, intangible heritage and modern historical protest graffiti.

Emma Howell

Emma Howell

Primary Partnership Lead for Initial Teacher Education

Teacher Education

Primary Partnership Lead and Senior Lecturer for Primary Initial Teacher Education Programmes.

Prof. John Hughes

Prof. John Hughes

Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature

Literary and Critical Studies

Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Professor of Soviet History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach Russian and Soviet history and historical research methods.

Dr. Mike D.D. Johnstone

Dr. Mike D.D. Johnstone

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I'm the author of three novels and I'm now writing a non-fiction book about European history. I teach prose fundamentals, short story writing, and theory for writers.

Dr. William Large

Dr. William Large

Reader in Continental Philosophy

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach and write philosophy. In a world of cynicism, opportunism and anxiety, I hope, by the end of the course, my students have the courage to be themselves.

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Sarah Lynch

Lecturer in Education: PGCE Secondary Geography

Teacher Education

Secondary Geography Teacher and former Head of Department, responsible for the Geography subject knowledge lectures for the PGCE Secondary Geography course.

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Prof. Gordon McConville

Professor of Old Testament Theology

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach Biblical Studies, particularly Old Testament, but have a broad interest in Christian theology. I try to show that theology has a continuing and urgent relevance to the modern world.

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Professor of Creativity and Poetics

Literary and Critical Studies

I teach the craft of writing poetry, and modules related to my other areas of interest, including cognitive stylistic methods of analysing texts; the creative processes involved in writing; and how language is processed in the brain.

Jacqueline McNeil

Jacqueline McNeil

Senior Lecturer Primary Education

Teacher Education

I graduated with a BEd (Hons) degree in primary education and taught in a range of primary schools across three different counties in England, as well as at a British Forces school in Germany, before deciding to move into initial teacher education.

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I teach a wide variety of modules across English and Creative Writing. My research interests include: literature and the environment, literature and spirituality, poetry, and creative writing pedagogy.

Tristan Middleton

Tristan Middleton

Senior Lecturer in Education and Academic Course Leader MA Education

Early Years and Education Studies

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Early Years & Education Team. I am passionate about educational inclusion and the opportunities for higher education to have a positive impact upon education practice.

Joanne Munyard

Joanne Munyard

Lecturer Education and Early Years

Early Years and Education Studies

I currently work within the School of Education and Humanities teaching and tutoring within Early Childhood Studies.

Jude Penny

Jude Penny

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Teacher Education

After 16 years as a Primary Teacher and Science lead in an East London school, I joined the Teacher Education team at the University of Gloucestershire in 2010. I teach primary science as well as Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. I also have a passion for Philosophy for Children (P4C) and lead training on our undergraduate and post graduate courses.

Dr. Erin Peters

Dr. Erin Peters

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I am a lecturer in early modern history with research interests in seventeenth-century Britain and interdisciplinary expertise in memory, commemoration and post-conflict studies in early modern Europe.

Dr. Vicky Randall

Dr. Vicky Randall

Senior Lecturer in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I have a specialist interest in European Intellectual History, and am particularly interested in the relationship between race, religion and historiography in the nineteenth century.

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Professor

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Religion gets a mixed press these days and it seems ever more important to be well-informed about it as both a conceptual system and a way of living.

Joanna Rigg

Joanna Rigg

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (Geography and Professional Studies)

Teacher Education

I am fascinated by how we learn. A varied teaching career has provided many opportunities to think about this. I continue to puzzle over the possibilities of how we can make it easier for children.

Dr. Benjamin Screech

Dr. Benjamin Screech

Lecturer in Primary English

Teacher Education

I am passionate about supporting ITE students to reach their potential as innovative and dynamic teachers of English.

Dr. Adeela ahmed Shafi MBE

Dr. Adeela ahmed Shafi MBE

Associate Professor in Education

Early Years and Education Studies

I have a background in Psychology and Education and taught in Higher Education for over 15 years. My research interest is education of for young people in conflict with the law and in secure custodial settings and how to re-engage them.

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Shaun Stammers

Senior Lecturer in Education

Early Years and Education Studies

I am passionate about teaching and paricularly the transformational effects of post-compulsory education and training. My personal interests include history, literature and politics although my spare time is most often filled with gardening!

Sian Templeton

Sian Templeton

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Early Years and Education Studies

I’m a qualified Educational Psychologist and have worked in a variety Educational settings including schools and specialist provision. I’m interested in supporting the needs of vulnerable groups.

Kate Thomson

Kate Thomson

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education: History and English

Teacher Education

Senior Lecturer in Primary ITE: History and English

Miranda Walker

Miranda Walker

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I write drama and comedy for stage, TV & radio. I’m passionate about introducing students to the professional scriptwriting world, passing on tools for success alongside theoretical understanding. I also write children’s books.

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Michelle Walton

School of Education & Humanities

I am a lecturer in Primary Education, specifically maths, music and professional studies.

Michelle Ward

Michelle Ward

Senior Lecturer in Early Years

Early Years and Education Studies

I have a passion for Early Years which stemmed from time spent as a nanny in Australia. This passion blossomed as I later worked in schools and Early Years settings, before now working as a lecturer.

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Literary and Critical Studies

As a former medievalist I know that where we begin may not be where we find ourselves eventually. My road took me from a bookshop in London to an academic career via several years living, working and studying in the USA.

Stephen Winstone

Stephen Winstone

Strategic Lead for Partnerships

Teacher Education

With over thirty years in Education, I am the Strategic Lead for Partnerships within the School of Education and Humanities.

Dr. Tracey Wire

Dr. Tracey Wire

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Teacher Education

I work in Initial Teacher Education in the primary sector and teach across undergraduate and postgraduate courses, focusing on English, History and PSHE. I also supervise students studying for a Masters level qualifications.

Prof. Mick Healey

Prof. Mick Healey

Emeritus Professor in Higher Education

Early Years and Education Studies

Mick is a higher education researcher and consultant and emeritus professor. He has published over 350 articles, which have been cited over 10,000 times. Mick is often asked to act as an advisor to projects, universities and governments on aspects of learning and teaching in higher education.