I am the academic theme lead for flexible learning and this work engages me between the three faculties and our transnational (and local) programmes and CPD aimed at non-standard university students, whether these be professionals, carers, those who live far away in different parts of the world, or all of the above. This position gives me the opportunity to champion the kind of learning I understand so well, having achieved all but my bachelors while teaching and in full employment. Manchester has increadible potential to serve the professional leaders of today (and tomorrow), but also disadvantaged groups and demographics through its growing flexible palette of courses and programmes, and I am excited to be able to support this with my experience and knowledge of a lifetime in international education.
I was the initial start up programme director of the award winning Masters degree in Educational Leadership in Practice, where I still maintain a strong teaching and supervisory presence. I am interested in equity distinction and power in education and its leadership, but also global crises and educational leadership, and of course, leading flexible education in times of crisis and beyond. My work seeks to better understand how educational leadership is experienced by teachers, leaders and children, and to explore transformational ways to generate positive working environments, with happy children, and collegial, relational work conditions. My work often utilises the social thinking tools of Bourdieu and Habermas, among others.
I am associate editor of scholarly journal Educational Management Administration and Leadership and founding convenor of the British Educational Leadership Management Administration Society (BELMAS) Research Interest Group Comparative and International Education. In MIE I am an active member of the Critical Educational Policy research interest group.
I supervise PhD students, and particularly welcome proposals from those interested in international schools leadership, educational leadership and crises, and leadership in flexible learning.