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Core members

Dr Clare Gartland (centre coordinator): Clare has a longstanding interest in equality and social justice in education and has worked extensively in the field of widening access to HE and school outreach. She has a particular interest in students' gendered, classed, ethnic and cultural identities and how these develop and intersect with the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and other subject identities. Clare has spent over 15 years researching and evaluating ways to support progression across educational sectors, particularly in STEM subjects. This has included working closely with many different organisations including the Royal Academy of Engineering, Cambridge University, Bristol University, Engineering UK, the Science and Learning Centre and Aimhigher. Clare's PhD focused on widening participation policy and practice and specifically the work of STEM student ambassadors and their outreach work with school age students.

Andreea Tocca: Andreea is a multidisciplinary Academic with 20 years of experience in higher education and practical practice in the healthcare sector. Her Higher Education lecturing covers Research Methods, Research Project Management, Business Management, Quantitative Economy, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Public Health. Andreea has been responsible for the delivery of a large number of commissioned research projects for the public sector. Her research outputs include peer reviewed publications and research project reports with demonstrable REF impact cases

Caroline Doolan: Caroline is the Director of Teaching and Learning Quality for the Department of Health Sciences and the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology. In addition to expertise and research interests relating to the preparation and delivery of radiotherapy, Caroline engages in research relating to the education of health care professionals at undergraduate and post graduate levels. Of particular interest is the development of innovative practices and new technologies to support learning in practice environments, supporting successful transition from classroom to practice through simulation and fostering effective collaborative and inter-disciplinary working in higher education (both within and beyond health care education). 

Dr Christine Smith: Christine supports the development of quality enhancements at the University, with a particular emphasis on effective learning, teaching and assessment. She works across the University and its partner institutions to promote new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, for example through staff development events, team consultancy, bespoke activities and engaging in pedagogic research. Christine is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is involved with a number of other professional bodies and interest groups including the Staff and Educational Development Association; Heads of Educational Development Group; UK Society for Research in Higher Education; and the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction.

Dr Cristian Dogaru: Cristian research interests focus on children’s health and development, both typical and atypical (children with disabilities and special educational needs) in the context of their families as well as the larger cultural and educational contexts. Broadly constructed, his research interests lie at the confluence of (a) research methodology for social sciences, (b) early diagnosis, intervention, and outcomes for children and their families, and (c) the influence of the social and cultural contexts on the developmental path of children with disabilities and their families, on the diagnosis process, and on the outcomes of the intervention.

Professor Erica Joslyn: Erica’s academic and research interests include areas of resilience, social emotional competence and education for children and young people and has recently published 'Resilience in Childhood:  Perspectives, Promise and Practice' - published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and is a member of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC).  She is also a trustee of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council and a convenor of the ‘Race, Ethnicity and Education’ special interest group. Her teaching includes, supervising PhD students and her research interests focus on education as a multidisciplinary field of study including (a) progression in primary and secondary education (b) BME experiences in education and (c) socio-emotional competence in children. Her research interests are explored through a number of avenues including working with the Leadership Foundation on BME leadership and she is currently engaged in collaboration with Italian and German colleagues on an Erasmus Research project in primary schools.

Dr Mabel Encinas Sanchez: Mabel Encinas has a long standing interest in studying and supporting learning in the workplace, particularly in relation to teachers’ learning in classroom and school contexts, and she has participated and led projects based in action research. On the other hand, with the support of a grant by the British Academy, she currently researches reception children’s learning of maths through a board game to be played with their parents in the classroom. Her work in educational development and research has focused in: technology enhanced learning and teaching, curriculum development, and learning and emotions in the classroom. Mabel has participated in a number of research projects both in Mexico and the UK. Among others, she led the Secondary Schools for the 21st Century Project in the subject of Spanish (mother tongue) while working for the National Pedagogic University in Mexico (1995-1997 and 2000-2004), she was Curriculum Sub-Director for the Education of Internal Migrant Workers Children (1998-1999), and she was a consultant for the National Institute of Adult Education in Mexico in the area of Language and Communication (2004-2007). 

Dr Pere Ayling: Pere's areas of expertise are sociology and education. In general, she is interested in inclusion in education and the effects of social class, gender and race on academic achievements and future life trajectories. Having been educated in Nigeria and the UK has provided her with a broader and unique insight into key issues in education beyond England in particular and Europe in general. As a sociologist her areas of interest are in the sociology of education and consumption. She is interested in the idea of consumption being a mechanism for status expression and identity construction. And in relation to education, she is particularly interested in how habitus, field and capital interact to (re)produce privilege and inequality in education and society in general. She is equally interested in understanding how and why concepts such as White and Whiteness are used to construct the ideas of quality and world-class status by private schools in the transnational education market.


Associate members

Dr Allison Boggis: Allison is an Associate Professor within the School of Psychology and Education. Her specialist teaching areas broadly relate to Childhood and Disability Studies. She has a personal and professional interest in working and researching with disabled children and young people and her passion for this has spanned some 15 years at the University of Suffolk. Emphasising rights, diversity and equality, she challenges post /undergraduate students to consider the ways in which normality holds a powerful sway over the ways in which we think about the mind and the body.  She is also intrigued about the ways in which disabled children and young people are (under) represented in academic literature. Her interest in researching with marginalised groups  and her innovative and creative methodologies have attracted national and international attention. 

Dr Dababrata (Daba) Chowdhury: Daba is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Suffolk.  He graduated in Computer Science and Engineering (BSc) from Turkey and then completed his MBA and PhD at the Plymouth University.  His principal research interest is in the field of Business and Management particularly in Knowledge Transfer (KT) mechanisms in SMEs and International Business. He is a member of five professional organisations, including the British Academy of Management (BAM) and The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). Daba can speak and communicate in English, Turkish (Turkey), Hindi (Indian), Bengali (Bangladeshi), Azeri (Azerbaijan) and Urdu (Pakistan) which equips him to undertake overseas research. He is also a well-known public and private sector Knowledge Management consultant for UK, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Oman. Currently he is serving in an advisory role to Bangladesh British Chamber of Women Entrepreneurship (BBCWE), the judging panel member for Suffolk Young Enterprise (SYE) and advisor for Global Research and Academic Associates (GRAA) in UK.

Jessica Clark: Jessica is a Senior Lecturer in Sociologies of Childhood and her research interests can be located broadly within the disciplines of sociology, human geography and cultural studies with a focus on childhood and youth and the general topical fields of sex and sexuality, gender, embodiment, geographies, popular culture and research with children. Substantively she is interested in the discursive construction of childhood and how this is perpetuated and challenged within contemporary cultures. Jessica is particularly interested in discourses, policies and education regarding the sexualisation of childhood, feminism and girlhoods and the cultural representation of contemporary young masculinities and of disability. Jessica is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute British Geographers.

Dr Paul Andell: Paul has more than 20 years of experience of working in the criminal justice field. He has worked in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors undertaking criminal  justice related work in practice, policy and research.   Paul's former practice was in Probation and Youth Justice in East London, he later worked as a Consultancy Manager for NACRO and Matrix Knowledge.  Paul has also worked as a Performance Advisor for the Ministry of Justice and was Director of Communities for a Youth Leadership Charity, Brathay. Paul is active in the field of gangs and County Lines which values informal pedagogical practices.

Dr Sarah Richards: Sarah is a senior lecturer at University of Suffolk. As a social policy academic Sarah’s particular specialism is childhood. Her recent research and publications explore intercountry adoption policy highlighting children's experiences of the adoption process. Her teaching profile, PhD supervision, and recent methodological publications reflect an enduring interest in the critical evaluation of dominant methodologies surrounding participatory research with children. Sarah is a fellow at HEA, a member of the Social Policy Association and has a PhD from IOE.

Dr Suzanne Nolan: Suzanne is the Lecturer in Employment Development, and course leader for the BA(Hons) Business Management Professional programme. She teaches on a range of subjects including: careers development, marketing and research methods. She completed her BA(Hons) in History, MA in Native American and Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture, and PhD in Art History at the University of Essex.  In addition to academic teaching and research, Suzanne has worked within Employability and Careers teams, developing employer links, internships, and personal and professional development workshops for students and graduates. She worked closely as a student partner and academic adviser on the piloted AimHigher programme, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

External members

Professor Penny Jane Burke

Professor Penny Jane Burke is Global Innovation Chair of Equity and is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle, NSW. As recipient of the prestigious UK Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship award in 2008, Professor Burke has been deeply committed to the development of high quality educational opportunities for students from under-represented backgrounds through research, practice and professional development and she has been keynote and invited speaker at numerous high profile events across the globe. Her authored books include Accessing Education effectively widening participation (Burke, 2002, Trentham Books), Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning: Feminist Interventions (Burke and Jackson, 2007, Routledge), The Right to Higher Education: Beyond widening participation (Burke, 2012, Routledge) and Changing Pedagogical Spaces in Higher Education (Burke, Crozier and Misiaszek,, 2016, Routledge).

As a global leader in the field of equity in higher education, she has been invited to contribute to volumes that bring together leading scholars in the field (e.g. Oxford Handbook of Higher Education Systems and University Management (forthcoming), Palgrave International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance (2015), and Springer’s Encyclopaedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions (2016). Professor Burke is Editor of the Taylor & Francis international peer-reviewed journal Teaching in Higher Education. She served as a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Governing Council and Publications Committee (2012- 2016), and as a member of the editorial board of Gender and Education (2010 – 2014). Penny has held the posts of Professor of Education at the University of Roehampton, the University of Sussex and Reader of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Professor Miriam David

Professor Miriam David is Professor Emerita of Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. Previously she was, Professor of Sociology of Education and Associate Director (Higher Education) of the ESRC’s Teaching & Learning Research Programme at the Institute of Education. She is also a visiting professor in the Centre for Higher Education & Equity Research (CHEER) in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex.

Professor David has published 30 books and reports, and 160 articles or chapters, including an intellectual biography in 2003 Personal and Political: Feminisms, sociology and family lives, Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books and a study of feminist academics in 2014 Feminism, Gender and Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies, London: Ashgate. Recently she has been co-Principal Investigator of an EU-Daphne funded project on training teachers, youth and community workers in England, Ireland Italy and Spain to challenge gender-related violence. Some of this has been published in A Feminist Manifesto for Education (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016). Reclaiming Feminism: challenging everyday misogyny (Bristol: Policy Press, 2016) is both a memoir and critique of feminist activism in neoliberal times. She has also been commissioned by Sage to co-edit (with Marilyn Amey, Michigan State University) a 5 volume Encyclopaedia of Higher Education for publication in 2019.

Professor John Pitts

Professor John Pitts is Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Suffolk and Vauxhall Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Bedfordshire. He has worked as a school teacher; a street and club-based youth worker; a group worker in a Young Offender Institution and as a consultant on youth crime and youth justice to the police and youth justice and legal  professionals in the UK, mainland Europe, the Russian Federation and China. In the past ten years he has acted as a consultant and researcher on violent youth gangs to local authorities, police forces and ‘think tanks’.

In 2006 he undertook an evaluation of the Lambeth X-It gang desistance programme. Between 2006 and 2007 he undertook a study of violent youth gangs in Waltham Forest, published as Reluctant Gangsters. Between 2007 and 2008 he worked with Professor Roger Matthews of London South Bank University on a study of street crime in Lewisham. Between 2007 and 2008 he acted as researcher for the Lambeth Executive Commission on Young People, Youth Gangs and Violent Crime. Between 2008 and 2009 he served as a consultant to the Commission for Social Justice working group on violent youth gangs, published in 2009 as Dying to Belong.  He is currently Deputy Chair of the London Gang Forum a member of the Home Office Gang Strategy Expert Advisory Group and Chair of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory Scientific Committee. In 2009 and 2010 he ran a series of introductory courses on project and programme evaluation for senior personnel in policing the fire brigade and local authority community safety divisions.

Eileen Allpress

Eileen has worked as a teacher for twenty four years, with her last position being that of Principal of two schools in Ipswich. Her career and experience is within the Primary range.  She has had a long engagement with research during her career and wide experience of using research to improve her personal practice and in leading research throughout the school. She has supported staff to engage with research and support them with a range of qualifications, including MA and NPQH level qualifications. She has also worked with SCITT as an assessor for more than five years. Eileen is now the Project Manager for the West Ipswich Teaching School and Strategic Director for the Ipswich Research School.

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