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Our Postgraduate Research Students, with the guidance of our senior research staff, undertake research projects in a range of different areas, often with the help of funding.

Candidates investigate a specific and agreed topic, as set out in their original project proposal, following the established themes of our Educational research department.

Below is a list of the abstracts for work currently being undertaken by our postgraduate research students. For more information, you can contact us directly at education.research@chester.ac.uk or visit the University's admissions page.

 

Current MPhil & PhD Projects

Emma Arya-Manesh

The Quality of Education in Conflict: Experiences from the West Bank (Palestine)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Martin Evans

Kerstin Bragby

Presence that makes a difference: Transformative Agency in Research-based Applied Theatre and Drama, as Education

Principal Supervisor: Professor Allan Owens

Sofia Cedervall

Professional encounters in art and learning

Principal Supervisor: Professor Allan Owens

Anneli Einarsson

Drama in Elementary School: How to start and how to continue (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Professor Allan Owens

Wendy Garner

Student Engagement at a new university: identity, learning, governance (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Frances Atherton

Diann Hanson

(tbc)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Nick Ponsillo

Exploring creative opportunities for residents in residential care homes (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Frances Atherton

Susanne Rosen

Drama in school - an in-between space for learning and processes of becoming: a non-dichotomous approach to drama education

Principal Supervisor: Professor Allan Owens

Tricia Sterling

Coach education and aspirations, culture and children's development in sport (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

 

Current EdD Projects

Fadel Alsawayfa

Travelling to the top of the mountain: The use of poetry to explore Palestinian and Arab teachers' perceptions and experience of their participation in a drama education summer school

Principal Supervisor: Professor Allan Owens

Lindsey Bennett

Working outside the art curriculum: An exploration of creative practices emerging in informal forums (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Professor Jeff Adams

Victoria Carr

The neoliberal educational ‘imaginary’ as experienced by a group of primary school Headteachers

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Owen Chamberlain

Understanding arts-based research through Evocative Reporting (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Natalie Clark

An ethnographic exploration of subjectivity and discourse in UK secondary schools

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Susan Duncan

Searching for the essence of teaching in 21st century primary education: an investigation into the impact of governmentality on the training and development of early professionals (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Helen Eadon-Sinkinson

Queering Blackpool: An ethnographic study

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Muayyad El Waheidi

Leaving everything behind: understanding the experiences of Palestinian academics and their families in the UK

Principal Supervisor: Dr Frances Atherton

Jude Lloyd-Johnson

Private Selves, Public Images (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Professor Jeff Adams

Katie Mansfield-Loynes

Revolution or Evolution: Redefining Care and Aligning the Social Care Workforce for a New Healthcare Landscape (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Sarah Misra

The Plastic Ceiling Project: Representing the pain of mothers that work and study

Principal Supervisor: Professor Jeff Adams

Simon Poole

Living and Learning through Song

Principal Supervisor: Professor Allan Owens

Rachel Rayment

The interplay of barriers preventing the uptake of STEM related subjects by female students in post 16 education and are these barriers effectively addressed by interventions in the UL aiming to increase participation rates (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Debbie Scott

The impact of work related learning: how and where do impact, professional and Thirdspace meet? (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Professor Jeff Adams

Jack Sheldrake

An exploration of the 11-plus selection process from the child's perspective (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Paul Moran

Kirstie Simpson

The place activity has in the lives of women (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Frances Atherton

Sharon Smith

A study of teacher-led professional development in locations within the Bwindi region of Uganda; exploring staff, volunteer and school perspectives of professional development programmes aiming to improve the quality of teaching and learning (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Professor Allan Owens

Georgina Spry

A New Felt Presence: an autoethnographic study of a regional feltmakers group (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Professor Jeff Adams

Ella Turner

Developing students are learners in higher education: Exploring the contributions of professional staff in the academic sphere (working title)

Principal Supervisor: Dr Frances Atherton