Professor Nicki Hedge
- Professor (People, Place & Social Change)
My research interests and activity centre on the role of affect and emotions in learning and teaching, social justice with particular respect to internationalization and inclusion, gender and identity, the Capabilities Approach, and philosophy as research. My current projects are focussed on peer review, academic friendship, and emotional wellbeing and compassion in learning and teaching. I am supervising a range of doctoral students includig those working on emotions in education, e-learning and distance education, educational change and innovation, gender, identity, critical literacy, and applied linguistics.
VisNET: Virtual in situ networking to reinvent the rules of international collaborations and reduce gender differences in academic careers - an EPSRC funded project with School of Engineering colleagues.
Deborah Aldred (2002) Exploring students' and teachers' perceptions of roles in English language classrooms in Hong Kong. (PhD)
Kathleen McMillan (2006) The minority ethnic group experience in Scottish higher education. (PhD)
Sandra Sweenie (2009) 'NEETS': perceptions and aspirations of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training'. (EdD)
Liz Ashworth (2010) Elementary art education: an expendable curriculum? (EdD)
Andrew Killen (2012) Democratic experiences for children in an urban primary school? (EdD)
Julie McDonald (2012) Moving in a narrative space: dental practitioners developing professionally in and out of ICT. (EdD)
Alison MacKenzie (2013) Emotions and education: cultivating compassionate minds. (PhD)
Usman Mahboob (2014) Professionalism in medical schools’ curricula. (Professional Doctorate in Health Professions Education [DHPE] - secondary supervisor, lead supervisors Phillip Evans & Philip Cotton)
Mary Wingrave (2014) An old issue in a new era: early years practitioners' perceptions of gender. (EdD - second supervisor)
Kay Barbour (2016) The changing role of career guidance in UK universities. (EdD)
Alex Hartley (2016) Learning to foster. (EdD)
Salem Abosnan (2017) The teaching of reading English in a foreign language in Libyan universities: methods and models. (PhD)
Wid Daghustani (2017) Journeys of mothers of adolescents with autism in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia: issues of justice? (PhD)
Claire Connolly (2019) Reflective Activists? Exploring Student Teachers’ Emerging Practice in Northern Ireland: A Bourdieusian Analysis. (EdD)
Nora Howley (2019) The Role of Education Support Professionals in Supporting the Whole Child: A Capabilities Approach. (EdD) [with Penny Enslin]
Rabab Aldarasi (2020) Foreign Language Anxiety: Libyan Students Speaking in English. (PhD)
Donna Hazzard (2020) Developing Pre-Service Teachers' Critical Literacy Perspectives. (EdD)
Dave Beck (2020) Phd by publication. (staff)
Anna Mackenzie - education for capabilities in prisons (with Prof. Fergus McNeill, Criminology and Social Work) [pt] - post-viva minor changes submitted
Joyce Nicholson - educational care for children affected by parental substance use [pt].
Abida Ayesha post-viva changes in progress
Daniël van Dijk
Current EdDs (lead supervisions only)
Bob Morrison (completion stages in progress post-viva)
- Akbar, Tahsina
Exploring Conceptions of Gender and Career Aspirations of young people utilizing a gender-sensitive curriculum in Rural Bangladesh (
- Couceiro, Louise
Exploring Children’s Responses to and Engagement with Feminist Biographical Illustrated Books
- Griffiths, Alexander
The role of identity within educational contexts
- O'Reilly, Conor
- Pidzamecky, Ulana
Languishing or flourishing? Exploring Ukrainian elementary school teacher understandings of their professional experience.
- Walsh, Gary
Does social justice require a ‘socially just’ citizenry
My teaching is focussed, mainly, on educational theory and philosophy, and research methods. This includes leading Advanced Research Methods courses for the School's PhD and EdD programmes, support (as materials writer) for an online Masters course in Modern Educational Thinking, and an EdD course in Educational Futures. I also enjoy providing occasional lectures and seminars for the PGDE and MEduc programmes in, for example, Communication, Gender and Education, Emotional Wellbeing, Research Ethics and Global Citizenship. I am currently supervising doctoral students (EdDs and PhDs) working on emotions in education, e-learning and distance education, educational change and innovation, gender, identity, and applied linguistics. Until August 2018 I was the School's Director of Postgraduate Research and the Co-Director of our EdD Programme. Prior to that I was the leader of the Social Justice, Place and Lifelong Learning Research and Teaching Group and PGT Director in the School of Education. I am also the School's representative for the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) education pathway.
Until 2018, Editorial Board member of Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education and External Examiner for University of Aberdeen, MRes in Social/Educational Research.
I am also:
- an invited member of the International Expert Review Group for the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) [a £40m - £50m initiative to support multidisciplinary research teams investigating the upstream and environmental determinants of health relevant to a range of non-communicable diseases]
- an external adviser for the Chilean National Research Center in Inclusive Education
- an invited Occasional Editor for Disability and Society