Following her work as a teacher and teacher trainer in Leicester and London, Clare has spent over 15 years researching and evaluating ways to support progression across educational sectors. 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 completed her PhD with the Institute of Education in 2012 and subsequently joined the University of Suffolk where, alongside continuing with her research, she leads the MA programme in Education Studies.
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'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.
Qualitative evaluation of the Stoke Engineering Project, Royal Academy of Engineering
Connecting STEM teachers evaluation: collaboration with Cambridge University exploring the impact of a national teacher CPD programme run by the Royal Academy of Engineering
Employer Engagement in STEM Outreach: collaboration with Bristol University and Engineering UK exploring the outreach work of engineering companies with secondary school pupils
Gartland, C. (2017) Student ambassadors and new learning practices. (forthcoming) In Hucks, D., Sealey-Ruiz, Y., Carothers, S., Showunmi, V. ad Lewis, C.W. Purposeful Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contexts: Education for Access, Equality and Achievement. Charlotte, NC, USA: Information Age Publishing. (Forthcoming)
Gartland, C., Ingram, N., & Courtney, S. J. (2017). Research and policy in education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 38(3), 403-414.
Gartland, C. (2015) Student ambassadors: ‘role models’, learning practices and identities. Peer reviewed. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 36 (8) 1192-1211
Gartland, C. (2014) STEM Strategies: Student Ambassadors and Equality in HE. Trentham Books and IOE Press
Gartland, C. with Paczuska, A. and James, D. (2014) RSA East of England: Matching Skills (unpublished)
Gartland, C. (2014) Connecting STEM Teachers: Year 3 evaluation report (unpublished)
Gartland, C. (2013) An overview evaluation report on all strands of the Engineering Engagement Programme. Chapter in Enhancing STEM Education in Secondary Schools: Outputs of the Engineering Engagement Programme. The Royal Academy of Engineering http://www.raeng.org.uk/education/eenp/
Gartland, C. (2013) Marketing Participation? Student ambassadors’ contribution to widening participation schemes in engineering and medicine at two contrasting universities. Widening Participation Special Edition: Discourses of Inclusion in Higher Education. Peer reviewed. Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
Gartland, C. (2012) Inspiring Engineers? Student ambassadors and the importance of learning contexts in HE outreach activity. EE2012 peer reviewed conference paper. Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education. Coventry University 9/12
Gartland, C (2017) Lessons from the USA: reaching diverse groups through STEM student ambassador outreach activity. BERA Annual Conference (forthcoming)
Gartland, C (2017) Student ambassador STEM outreach activity: lessons from the USA. University of East Anglia Learning and Teaching Day
Gartland, C & Smith, C (2016) Supporting transition to HE: stratifications and strategies in the post 16 sector. SRHE Annual Conference at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
Gartland, C & Smith, C (2016) Transitions into HE. Symposium presented at the BERA (British Educational Research Association) Annual Conference 2016, Leeds University
Gartland, C & Smith, C (2016) Supporting transitions to HE: BTECs and Student Identities. Learning and Teaching Day 2016 at University of East Anglia
Smith, C & Gartland, C (2016) Preparing for HE, preparing for employment? BTECs and developing vocational identities. Open University’s Widening Participation conference: Transforming lives through life-wide learning
Smith, C & Gartland, C (2016) Transitions into HE: towards a connected approach for inclusive and positive transitions into HE. QAA Annual Conference 2016, University of Birmingham
Gartland, C & Smith, C (2015) Towards a connected approach for inclusive and positive transitions into HE. Poster at UCS’ Annual Learning and Teaching Day
Gartland (2015) Belfast. Social Justice in HE: discourses and identities in the work of student ambassadors as ‘role models’ BERA: Annual Conference 9/15
Smith, C & Gartland, C (2015) QAA Subscriber Conference: How does the transition to higher education support the increasing diversity of prior educational experiences of entrants? An exploration of the issues and identification of good practice.
Gartland, C (2013) Education and Learning Sociological Perspectives. Student Ambassadors as ‘role models’ Surrey University: Sociology of Education Conference
Gartland, C (2013) Social Justice in HE: discourses and identities in the work of student ambassadors as ‘role models’ University Campus Suffolk: Childhood Conference
Gartland, C (2012) Coventry University: Inspiring Engineers? Student ambassadors and the importance of learning contexts in HE outreach activity. Coventry University: EE2012 conference paper. Innovation, Practice and Research in Engineering Education.
Gartland, C (2012) Marketing Participation? Student ambassadors’ contribution to widening participation schemes in engineering and medicine at two contrasting universities. OU Widening Participation Conference: Discourses of Inclusion in Higher Education
Invited speaker presentations
East Anglia Association of Churchill Fellows: Student ambassadors and STEM outreach: a study of practices in the USA 9/17 (forthcoming)
Birmingham City University: Supporting Transition from FE to HE: BTECs and Student Identities. Presentation at: Supporting effective HE transitions symposium 12/15
The Royal Society. Engaging with business: RSA matching skills Lowestoft Project. 6/15
The Open University. Keynote Speaker. The Terminology of Widening Participation. Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP) 5/15
Kings College London. STEM Strategies: student ambassadors and equality in HE. Presentation to Science and Technology Education Group. 7/14
Social Research into Higher Education: Invited to contribute to the widening participation network with Professor Louise Archer . 4/13
Institute of Education: Invited to present PhD research at: the Graduate Seminar. 11/12
Roehampton University: Centre for Educational Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy. Workshop series for EU Tempus funded project ‘Access for All’. Workshop presentation: Student ambassador schemes at two contrasting universities and their contribution to widening participation in STEM. 5/12
The Royal Society: Evaluating STEM support programmes: gauging a return on investment. Seminar presentation: The contribution of qualitative methods. 12/11