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 doctoral students 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)
Rabab Aldrasi (Libya) - anxiety in English language learning [viva pending]
Anna Mackenzie - education for capabilities in prisons (with Prof. Fergus McNeill, Criminology and Social Work) [pt].
Joyce Nicholson - educational care for children affected by parental substance use [pt].
Daniël van Dijk
Maggie Jago - museum education and learning in primary schools.
Claire Connelly - enabling student teachers to recognise how social class and academic selection may create inequalities within education in Northern Ireland.
Donna Hazzard - developing a critical literacy perspective.
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