Ms Loretta Anthony-Okeke

Senior Tutor in Education

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I teach on the MA Education (International) and BA English Language for Education programmes, with a specialisation in policy and international education studies. I am particularly interested in the critical analysis of the assumptions and evidence that underpin policy, practice and experience in international education, which dovetails well with my secondary research interest in decolonial critique of education in international contexts.

My doctoral research focused on the academic experience of Nigerian students in the UK. It examined how Nigerian students perceive, connect with and understand independent learning in private sixth form college settings.

My on-going and future research projects include decolonial and indigenous (research) methodologies, academic technologies and digital learning environments, engaged and ethically responsive pedagogy, and theorising independent learning experience.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research projects related to international post-compulsory education: pedagogy, policy, student experience, etc.

I am part of the Critical Education Policy (CEP) research group and the Higher Education Research Network (HERE @ Manchester). 


I spent the first part of my professional career teaching English and Literature in Junior Secondary school, before moving into the primary school sector as a Key Stage 2 teacher in, Nigeria in independent Abuja schools. Following a couple of years in leadership positions, first as Head of Curriculum Development and then Head Teacher, I moved to Manchester to complete an MA in Educational Leadership and School Improvement, and a PhD in Education.


  • 2020 – Doctor of Philosophy, Crossing the bridge: Understanding Nigerian students’ independent learning experience at three English sixth form colleges, The University of Manchester
  • 2015 - Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (Distinction), The University of Manchester, Manchester Institute of Education, Manchester, UK
  • 2009 - Postgraduate Diploma in Education, National Teacher’s Institute, Kaduna, Nigeria
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Arts in English and Literary Studies, The University of Abuja, Nigeria

Areas of expertise

  • L Education (General) - Post-compulsory Education, International student experience, Indigenous research methodologies, Independent Learning

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