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Postgraduate Community

GLEA promotes a supportive research environment that provides opportunity for critical thinking, reflective practice and rich discussions on research. Our thriving community of Postgraduate researchers included part-time, full-time, mature, UK and overseas candidates, all studying face to face and/or online.


Testimonials: A PhD at GLEA

As a second year Postgraduate researcher at the Centre for Global Learning, I am part of a great community of PhD candidates and researchers. My research is motivated by my own personal history and experiences, asking the question: “How does it feel to be a Nigerian student of faith in UK HE?” I'm exploring the reality of this for Nigerian students, providing a platform for us to express our thoughts through the use of documentary-film. I enjoy being a Postgraduate researcher at GLEA, because I'm given the freedom to express myself creatively with my study.

Emmanuel Johnson, PhD candidate

I have enjoyed exploring my own research positionality, my biases, and most importantly about the inequities in education around the world.

Dureshahwar Lughmani, PhD candidate

I'm a physiotherapy lecturer whose background is in teaching and supporting postgraduate international candidates on university-based, health related courses. Feedback from staff and students highlighted challenges for international students, particularly while on clinical placement. My PhD research aims to explore the experiences of international physiotherapy students on their journey to professional status. As a Postgraduate researcher in GLEA, it is a real privilege to be part of such a knowledgeable, open and enthusiastic team. I have been encouraged and empowered to explore my research area creatively, which has diversified my learning and allowed me to develop my ideas in ways I hadn't expected.

Jackie Shanley, PhD candidate

As an education staff at a teacher education programme in Indonesia, my research topic is on pre-service teacher education programmes to improve teacher quality in Indonesia. Focusing on this topic is also in line with one of GLEA's main goals to create quality education through high-quality teaching-learning and good policy and practice in the education sector. Therefore, since my first day at GLEA, I have been given the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to advance my capability in the area. Support from the GLEA community especially from my supervisory team allows me to learn theories related to my research, to explore various perspectives from other branches of knowledge within social sciences including sociology, and to apply principles from sociology (culture, structure, agency) when approaching my research topic. Through this process, I have also learned how to think critically and to present my ideas convincingly. Being a postgraduate researcher at GLEA is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Andi Rusyaidi, PhD candidate

Current PGR projects

Name Research Title Supervisor
Araz Agha Re-Imaging Construction Education For The 21ST Century and Beyond: A Strategic Vision Dr Sylwia Holmes, Dr Suresh George, Professor Megan Crawford
Ada Linda Kelechi Ahuche Determining Future Provision of Transnational Education in Nigeria Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Luca Morini
Adriana da Costa Barbosa Perspectives of autistic students about the effects of access policies on their entrance into higher education: comparative research at Federal University of Espírito Santo (Brazil) and Coventry University (England) Lynn Clouder (England)
Ken Faro (England)
Reginaldo Célio Sobrinho (Brazil)
Michael Barker The Motivations of International Students Choosing Their UK University: Case Study of Chinese Students at Coventry University Dr Luca Morini, Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Jie Ma
Jacoba Magdelena Barnard Creativity as an enabling mechanism for curriculum reform in higher education Dr QueAnh Dang
Lucy Bishop To what extent would a language toolkit improve teachers' understanding of the use of receptive and expressive language by children with speech and language and communication needs (SLCN) Dr Julia Carroll, Dr Helen Breadmore, Dr Sian Alsop
Katherine May Blundell How does diagnosis of dyslexia impact on identity, self-belief and reading progress in children and adults? Professor Julia Carroll, Dr Carlo Tramontano, Dr Georgia Niolaki, Dr Helen Johnson
Patricia Bluteau Retracing My Steps: Taking an Autoethnographic Journey Down the Online Interprofessional Learning Pathway Dr Virginia King, Dr Rosie Kneafsey
Daniel Bosworth An investigation into the tensions between agendas of internationalism and sustainable development in a UK undergraduate photography degree Dr Alun DeWinter and Professor Megan Crawford
Yvonne Browne An investigation of the evolving role of an academic in the new millennium as the facilitator of teaching and learning to integrate the expectations of students and employers Professor Lynn Clouder, Dr Dimitar Angelov, Dr Ruth Heames, Dr Etieno Enang
Janet Campbell A comparison of the necessary factors in the design and delivery of experiential learning in a semi immersive virtual reality (VR) environment in the UK and Australia Dr Alun DeWinter, Dr Yung-Fang Chen, Professor Megan Crawford
Grace Cappy Getting in, getting on and being out - Identifying and addressing barriers LGBT+ students face in succeeding in Higher Education Dr Alun DeWinter, Professor Christine Broughan, Dr Caroline Wilson
Marie Casafina Orwin What does it mean to be Black in Academia? Exploring the lived experiences of Black womxn in higher education Professor Deanne Clouder and Dr Emmanuel Johnson, Dr Sarah Werner Boada
Kathryn Megan Cawley Developing the Effectiveness of Spelling Teaching in Mainstream Classrooms In Order To Improve Outcomes For All Learners Professor Julia Carroll, Dr Mehmet Karakus, Dr Helen Breadmore, Dr Sarah Critten
Rupinderjit Cheema This Research Aims to Look at Different Strategies Pastoral Teams in School Can Use to Support Students with Mental Health Issues Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Hannah Andrews
Dennis Chikobvu An evaluation of blended teaching and learning the case of the United Kingdom. Dr. Alun DeWinter and Dr. Rami Ayoubi
Wendy Clarke Global Learning Challenges Facing Emirati National Students In An International Baccalaureate Anglophone Linguistic Educational Context Dr Marina Orsini-Jones and Dr Luca Morini
Michele Curran Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) - How can the vehicle for COIL develop networked systems, beyond isolated studies to bridge the gap to massification to positively address SDG 4 Dr QueAnh Dang
Tamaryn Joanne Dalldorf Developing first year English second language students' creative thinking through a Creative Literacy course at a South African University. Professor Katherine Wimpenny
Joseph Davis What Is The Role Of Leadership In Tackling Issues Of Diversity In A Higher Education Institution Under Representation Of Ethnic Minority Staff At Senior Management Level Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Andy Coleman
Mark Dawson How Can Collaborative Online International Learning Enable Education-Industry-Community Partnerships To Enhance Global Citizenship And Sustainable Development Education Required In A Post-Covid World? Professor Katherine Wimpenny, Professor Jos Beelen, Dr QueAnh Dang
Lucy Deacon Measuring and modelling the impact of social learning on engagement with mathematics and statistics support services

Dr Mark Hodds and Professor Duncan Lawson

Sertel Djelal EAP Teachers' attitude towards online assessment during the Covid-19 Pandemic in a higher education institution in the Middle East. Professor Marina Orsini-Jones and Professor Sheena Gardner
Liudmyla Dmytriieva Virtual Mobility Programmes in Higher Education: Impact Analysis on Students? Professional Self-identity, Employability Prospects And Social Innovation Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Arinola Adefila
Mark Andrew Elepaño Social Imaginaries and International Collaborative Doctoral Programmes in England and Denmark Dr Que Anh Dang, Dr Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen, Dr Esra Kaytaz
Jodie Enderby Learning from lockdown: a project to understand changes in self-concept and self-efficacy during the pandemic in students with disabilities to promote future inclusivity Professor Lynn Clouder, Professor Julia Carroll, Dr Carlo Tramontano
Sonia Davina Francis Degree Apprenticeships: Exploring the Experiences and Perceptions of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Apprentices in the West Midlands Professor Julia Carroll, Dr Sian Alsop
Karen Fraser The Role of Assessment and Feedback In Contributing To Student Confidence and Well-Being In Academic Achievement Professor Julia Carroll, Dr Sian Alsop
Ciaran Dickson Floyd-Mullan The role of artificial intelligence in education and its impact on Sustainable Development Goal Four Dr QueAnh Dang and Dr Rami Ayoubi
Sandeep Gakhal Improving the mental health of students in higher education Professor Julia Carroll, Dr Alun DeWinter, Dr Tracey Rehling
Maryke Geldenhuys The role and responsibility of Higher Education in promoting resilience in future healthcare professionals Professor Katherine Wimpenny
Esther R Gertner Empowering Dyslexic Students: A Strength-Based Intervention to Enhance Advocacy, Socioemotional Well-being, and Academic Engagement Professor Julia Carroll, Professor Marina Orsini-Jones, Dr Carlo Tramontano
Holly Gilbert Mathematics And Statistics Support In the New Normal Professor Duncan Lawson, Dr Mark Hodds
Anita Gill Managing Organizational Change in Higher Education Dr Siân Alsop, Dr Sylwia Holmes
Sam Grant Uncontrollable Behaviour: Questioning Perceptions of Neurodiversity within State Provisions Professor Lynn Clouder, Ken Fero, Professor Katherine Wimpenny
Nicola Marie Green

On the Periphery Looking in: Mature Students' Experiences of the Inclusivity of Higher Education Policy and Practice

Dr Elizabeth Horton and Dr Becky Butler
Benih Hartanti Value-Based Governance in Indonesian Higher Education Institutions Professor Megan Crawford and Dr Que Anh Dang
Annette Hay Understanding how racialized experiences and cultural legacies of Black Minority Ethnic staff influence disparities in attainment and achievement Professor Christine Broughan, Dr Caroline Wilson, Professor Gus John
Rachel Heeley How can HE courses particularly creative courses be designed to support learners with Dyslexia Professor Julia Carroll and Dr Sarah Kate Merry
Carlos Alberto Hildeblando Júnior Virtual Exchange as a Third Space to Decolonize ELT  Dr. Marina Orsini-Jones, Dr. Kyria Rebeca Finardi and Dr. Alun DeWinter 
Leanne Hunt Linking social/experiential and curriculum learning for greater risk knowledge: lessons for the UK education system from Italy Dr Rami Ayoubi, Dr Yung-Fang Chen
Jane Irani Ensuring that classroom based communication skills training for adult nursing students prepares them for clinical practice Dr Sian Alsop, Professor Megan Crawford
Lakshmi Jayakrishnan Exploring South African academic developers' identity shifts in the response to COVID-19: A Narrative Inquiry Professor Katherine Wimpenny
Shamime Dionne Johnson

Examining the experiences of White and South Asian people in Academia

Professor Deanne Clouder,  Dr Tracey Rehling and Dr Ajmal Hussain  
Cengiz Karabekmez The Outcomes of Strategic Partnerships between Multi Academy Trusts and Universities in England Dr. Mehmet Karakus and Dr. Rami Ayoubi
Ruth Kituku An exploration of intercultural education discourses and everyday practises by teachers at an international primary school in Kenya. Becoming global: a critical exploration of students’ and teachers’ understandings of ’global citizenship’ within a private international school in Kenya. Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Jaya Jacobo, Dr Arinola Adefila
Leema Philip Kuttiyil What are the barriers and facilitators of success for international nursing students on clinical placement? A mixed-method study Professor Lynn Clouder, Dr Brendan Greaney, Dr Dimitar Angelov
Kathryna Kwok The impact of feedback practices, modes, and student background: Voicing the student perspective Dr Sian Alsop and Professor Sheena Gardner
Aisha Labefo-Audu Intersectional Experiences of Mature Black British Female Students in UK Higher Education Dr Siân Alsop, Dr Emmanuel Johnson, Dr Elizabeth Horton
Kayleigh Lampard Measuring impact of progressive and multi-intervention outreach programmes from higher education institutions to secondary schools Professor Julia Carroll and Dr Mehmet Karakus
Dureshahwar Lughmani A Study of Student Writers? Progress in Response To Written Genre-Based Feedback On Drafts: Implications for Designing Dr Sian Alsop, Professor Sheena Gardner
Vanessa Nontsikelelo Majiza Strategies or models that can holistically address the scientific writing knowledge and skills gaps identified (with respect to the teachers, learners and the curriculum) among science students in institutions of higher learning Dr Virginia King
Brian McMullan Impact of Empire: an investigation into the perceptions of pre-arrival students from former colonised territories. Dr Luca Morini, Dr Jasber Singh
Jennifer Mc Nally Early-Stage International Postgraduate Researchers: Implications of Transnational Experience on Well-Being and Postgraduate Researcher Development Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Tracey Rehling
Fozia Mir The role of white criminology academics in the decolonising of the curriculum? (decoloniality,curricula, whiteness and internationalisation in HE) Dr Luca Morini
Rita Mistry Working with maths anxious secondary school children on mathematical content in subjects other than mathematics Dr Charlotte Price
Mbuyiselo Vusumzi Mlanjana The impact of work integrated learning in employability of hospitality graduates Dr Virginia King
Bontle Beauty Monnanyane Analysing Graduate Attributes in the Undergraduate Curriculum of the Faculty of Military Science in South Africa Dr QueAnh Dang
Mmatumisang Motsisi How can a Playback Theatre intervention be applied to Higher Education institutions, Orientation Week programs to encourage students openness to diversity, social inclusion and well-being? Dr Luca Morini
Thomas Joseph Murtagh Restorative justice as a tool to reduce school exclusions Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Sylwia Holmes
Ninutsa Nadirashvili The role of transnational literatures in the decolonisation of understanding of gender within the European academe Professor Katherine Wimpenny and Dr Jaya Jacobo
Amrita Narang Curriculum Transformation - Impact of Investing in a De-Colonial Curriculum - What Does it Mean for Academics and Academic Developers Professor Katherine Wimpenny, Dr Arinola Adefila, Dr Ken Fero
Sakkaphat Ngamake

Talent management in higher education: A fuzzy cognitive mapping approach

Dr Rami Ayoubi and Dr Carlo Tramontano
Larissa Nzikeu

The lived experiences of African-Caribbean PGR students on PhD and Professional doctorates at Russell Group universities in the UK

Professor Deanne Clouder and Dr Geraldine Brown

Chibuzor Oguamanam A Framework For Evaluating Pandemic Readiness A Case Study Of The Higher Education Sector In Nigeria Dr Rami Ayoubi, Dr Yung-Fang Chen, Dr Arinola Adefila
Sarah Patrick Exploring the Dual Award PhD as a mechanism for international research Dr QueAnh Dang and Dr Carlo Tramontano
Abdul Qayoom Mentoring OTTs: an investigation into the experiences of overseas-trained teachers of the mentorship process and the pedagogical challenges that they face in the process of their training to become a qualified teacher in the UK Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Alun DeWinter, Dr Virginia King
Daniel Quinn Partnership on University Plagiarism Prevention (PUPP): Guiding student strategies for academic writing to improve academic integrity Dr Irene Glendinning, Dr Stella- Maris Orim & Dr Dimitar Angelov
Rosida Rakhmawati Muhammad Ethnomathematics: Exploring Geometry on Tapis Indonesia in Teaching Mathematics Professor Duncan Lawson, Dr Farzana Aslam, Professor Megan Crawford
Samena Rashid The impact of internationalisation on University students from a widening access background Professor Katherine Wimpenny, Dr Peter Wolstencroft, Dr Tina Bass, Dr Dimitar Angelov
Clarissa Jane Robertson Navigating the Structures and Cultures of Research Ethics at Higher Education Institutions: A Cross-National, Bi-Institutional Discourse Analysis Professor Katherine Wimpenny
Andi Musafir Rusyaidi Teachers Qualifications: Policies and Challenges of Pre-service English Language Teachers Education Programs Professor Lynn Clouder, Dr Dimitar Angelov, Professor Megan Crawford
Syuzanna Sahakyan The role of universities in creating a democratic Europe Dr QueAnh Dang and Dr Marina Orsini-Jones
Kayden J Schumacher (he/they) Transcribing the Trans* Experience: Trans* Embodiment in the UK Education System Dr Jaya Jacobo
Dr Alun DeWinter,
Professor Julia Carroll
Rakeya Shah COVID-19: Understanding and Tackling Educational Inequalities in Higher Education Dr Carlo Tramontano, Dr Gurnam Singh, Dr Arinola Adefila
Jacqueline Shanley Becoming Physiotherapists - Experiences of International Physiotherapy Students - A Post-Qualitative Inquiry  Professor Katherine Wimpenny, Professor Lynn Clouder, Dr Martin Selby
Suzanne Smith Ghoti, T choghs And Ghoughpteighbteaus: A Socioeconomic Case For The Simplification of English Spelling Professor Julia Carroll, Dr Carlo Tramontano, Dr Helen Breadmore
Pierre Smith Khanna GCRF –Sustainable masculinities and environmental education Professor Suzanne Clisby and Dr Geraldine Brown
Zaira Solomons A Mixed Method Study: Exploring Social Capital Amongst First Year University Students in South Africa and Its Implications for Student Attainment. Professor Suzanne Clisby, Dr Gurnam Singh, Professor Kammila Naidoo
Natalya Steane Comparative analysis of internationalisation policies and strategies of Coventry University and Aarhus University as tools of public diplomacy Professor Lynn Clouder, Professor Sue Wright, Dr QueAnh Dang
Philippa Steele Developing professional identity in pre-registration physiotherapy students: A curricular based strategy Dr Sian Alsop, Dr Tracey Rehling, Professor Megan Crawford
Carol Still Understanding the interpretation of graduate skills and where universities should be focusing their attention in the official curriculum to develop agile and capable graduates Professor Katherine Wimpenny, Dr Luca Morini, Dr Sian Alsop
Ida Suandi Al Shara From Malaysia to the UK: A Critical Study of Malaysian students’ Motivations, Expectations and Learning Experiences in Multicultural Learning Environments in UK Universities. Dr Luca Morini, Professor Lynn Clouder, Dr Fitri Suraya Mohamad
Preeti Suri Self-representation and self-advocacy: Persons with disabilities as leaders of disability-inclusive global academia Dr Dimitar Angelov, Professor Deanne Clouder and Dr Nurbieta Abd Aziz
Paul Aime Tamba Tamba Technology-enhanced learning (TEL), learning management system (LMS), Machine learning(ML). "how to develop an effective LMS that personalise teaching and learning using available ML theories"? Dr Luca Morini
Tanya Vidanagama Maintaining Academic Integrity Using Assessment In A Post COVID HE Environment Case Study Of Sri Lankan State Universities Dr Dimitar Angelov, Professor Megan Crawford, Dr Stella-Maris Orim
Shavena Vigneswara Kumar Reimagining Heritage: Kumarikandam and beyond Professor Deanne Clouder, Dr Geraldine Brown and Dr Rashmi Varma
Sophie-Beth Williams Play beyond the Eyfs exploring play-based learning in the primary classroom Dr Carlo Tramontano and Dr Luca Morini
Carolyn Wynne I need a Doctorate I do do I The marriage of the Doctorate and leaders in UK HEI’s Professor Lynn Clouder and Professor Lyndon Simkin

Awarded PGR projects

Name Research Title Supervisor
Craig Leslie Bartle Life Beyond the Classroom: Helping university students become effective independent learners Dr Arinola Adefila, Dr Caroline Wilson, Professor Christine Broughan
Farhana Gokhool An investigation of student engagement and non-engagement with mathematics and statistics support services Dr Mark Hodds, Dr Farzana Aslam
Sam Grant Uncontrollable Behaviour: Questioning Perceptions Of Neurodiversity in State Provisions Professor Lynn Clouder, Dr Ken Fero, Professor Katherine Wimpenny
Emmanuel Johnson Becoming Educated An Autoethnography of Nigerian Student Experience Involving Participatory Film Professor Katherine Wimpenny, Dr Ken Fero, Dr Alun DeWinter, Dr Fred Mudhai
Parminder Kaur Khela Understanding the impact of Childrens Exposure to Digital Texts Dr Helen Breadmore, Professor Clare Wood, Stoyan Kurtev
Andi Rusyaidi A case study of Indonesian PE TE Programme Quality Through a lens of Culture, Structure and Agency Professor Lynn Clouder, Dr Dimitar Angelov, Professor Megan Crawford
Angela Thompson To what extend is the proposed model SITED a reflection of Real World Process & Experience? Dr Simon Goodman, Professor Julia Carroll, Professor Clare Wood, Dr Sarah Critten
Sara Eliabeth Whylie Morphology, phonology and literacy from pre-school to Year 2: Evidence from eye movements Dr Helen Breadmore, Dr Anna Cunningham
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University of the year shortlisted
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