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Postgraduate research

All research students are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. Research students working on education-related projects are normally housed in the Faculty of Education. For further information about research degrees at Edge Hill, such as MRes or PhD, please refer to the Graduate School in the first instance.

Recent PhD studies

Our recent completed PhD studies include:

  • Reclaiming Childhood. Disrupting discourses of identity, autonomy and dis/ability, adopting Arts-based Methods, Gramsci and Bourdieu. A cross-cultural study in Central Italy and North West England
  • Fundamental British Values – a case study of Bradford Schools
  • Perceptions of the informal learning branch of musical futures
  • The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Foreign Language Learning Performance through the Mediating Role of Self-efficacy and Language Anxiety
  • Wellbeing in Further Education, trust and inequality

Doctoral researchers

The graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) within the Faculty of Education are involved in the teaching and assessment of both undergraduate and master’s students, delivering up to six hours of teaching per week. All GTAs are members of the University Graduate School. GTAs are often paired with their research interests and expertise and deliver teaching where it is felt they can provide unique knowledge and expertise.

The Faculty’s GTAs are registered to complete a full time PhD, are also registered as part-time members of staff, appointed for three years. GTAs are provided with support from the module leader and subject specialists, who endeavour to provide support with teaching responsibilities, ensuring that their PhD studies are manageable alongside this. Many of our GTAs are also enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE). The PGCTHE is a Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited programme which provides an opportunity for staff involved in teaching and learning to improve their professional practice and therefore their own students’ learning.

GTAs will work under the supervision of an academic member of staff and are expected to maintain the same standards of professional ethics appropriate for any other member of academic staff.

Our former GTAs have gone on to teach and research in a range of roles at Bath Spa University, the University of Chester, Liverpool City College, Manchester Met, the University of Manchester and within the Faculty of Education here at Edge Hill.

Graduate Teaching Assistants based in the Faculty of Education