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In 2004 I applied to do a PhD at The Open University. My application brought together my experience with education and computers:

My hypothesis is that creating and maintaining virtual international communities requires the involvement of the whole-school community: pupils, teachers, school leaders, governors and parents. I plan to assess virtual international communities as created by primary schools and create a model of best practice. This model will be informed by recent theory concerning the development of networks of trust, and will be based on analysis of virtual international communities which link the UK and New Zealand. At primary level, the most successful relationships are likely to be those between English-speaking schools. There are already British Council structures in place for linking schools in the two countries, supported by Montage New Zealand

I was accepted by the university, but had to begin by studying for an MSc in Research Methods in Educational Technology, which involved a year studying discourse analysis, ethnography, basic skills and survey methods. In addition, I completed a dissertation, and was awarded the MSc (RMET) in 2005.


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BA (hons) and MA

Screen Shot 2018-08-24 at 17.24.12.pngI went to school in Preston, Lancashire – Queen’s Drive Country Primary, Fulwood High (now Fulwood Academy) and WR Tuson College (now Preston College).

Spare Rib page After leaving school, the first stage in my academic career was an honours degree in English from Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Royal Holloway College was originally a women-only college, and its university scarf is in the suffragette colours of green, white and purple. While I was there, I researched the life of an ex-student, Emily Wilding Davison, who died when she stepped in front of the king’s horse at the Derby as part of the campaign for votes for women. The article I wrote on her life, In Praise of an Extremist,  was subsequently published in the feminist magazines Spare Rib (UK) and Broadsheet (NZ) and is now available online, thanks to JISC.

A few years later, I completed a part-time Masters degree at Birkbeck College, University of London, in Early Modern history. My dissertation, on the Dissolution of the English Convents, was written online and saved on now-unreadable Amstrad computer disks – leaving only a couple of faintly printed versions surviving.

PDF of the Spare Rib article on Emily Wilding Davison

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