I am currently designing and implementing the research strand of De Montfort University’s (DMU) Freedom to Achieve project. Freedom to Achieve is DMU’s response to positively addressing the difference in attainment between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and White students. A mixed methodology is utilised, with a multiple-case study design to provide a full account of student and staff experience at DMU. The research will be influenced by critical race theory, with a focus on utilising non-dominant voices. A multiple-case design has been chosen to ensure that students and staff from each faculty are represented in the research. In this way, the research will aid the sharing of best practice not only within faculties, but also across the wider institution.
Prior to beginning my current role, I completed my Ph.D. at De Montfort University investigating digital literacy and professional learning. I also work as a part-time lecturer at the university, teaching on the Technology-Enhanced Practice module of the Education Practice MA.
My research interests are around the use of technology to support teaching and learning – specifically around staff development and educators’ attitudes towards working creatively and critically with technology in the classroom. My other research interests include game based learning, open badges, mobile devices and social media.