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Dr Michelle Ward

Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education

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.


It has been my privilege and joy to work with children from birth through to the end of Key Stage 2. I believe that teachers, practitioners, child-minders, family support workers etc. play a crucial role in our society and it is now an honour to be a part of the training and development of people who will ultimately enter into these roles.


  • BA (Hons): Business Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 1992
  • PGCE: Primary Education, Bristol University, 1995
  • MEd: Early Years, University of Gloucestershire, 2008
  • PGCHE: Higher Education, University of Gloucestershire, 2009


Awarded prize from Society for Research into Higher Education – for Best Poster Presentation in International Newer Researchers Conference.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


Early Childhood Studies

Early Years Initial Teacher Education


Michelle is involved in research regarding social, academic and professional networks to facilitate an international pedagogical learning community and is also studying for a PHd focussing on practitioners’ perceptions of Ofsted Inspection.