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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Higher education, inclusion, leadership and management, technology for teaching and learning, SDGs Education

Willing to speak to media

20082020

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Biography

Cristina Devecchi is co-director of the Centre for Education and Research where she is responsible for the PhD programme and PhD admissions. Before joining the University of Northampton, Cristina taught Italian and English to adults and young children in the UK and abroad and worked as a Teaching Learning Support Assistant in a secondary school. She gained an MEd in Special and Inclusive Education, MPhil in Educational Research and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. She currently supervises 12 PhD students using a variety of methodological approaches and researching diverse topics within education. She is the Chair of the Business and Education Research Degree Board and a member of the Faculty of Health, Education and Society's Research and Enterprise Committee.

She has collaborated as a researcher and Principal Investigator to a number of projects on a variety of topics related to inclusion. She has led on the EU funded project Success at School (www.successatschool.eu) developing volunteering-based intervention to re-engage young people into education, and she is currently the UK lead for the Below 10 project (http://www.below10.eu/#partners), aiming at tackling school drop-out. She was Principal Investigator on the Leading Change Together project (http://www.northampton.ac.uk/research/leading-change-together/), funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, looking at leadership and change management in UK Higher Education; the FEASST@8 and SuCCEED@8 project, funded by the Institute for Learning and Teaching, focusing on developing discipline-based training at PhD level, and the TECH4ALL projects focused on developing digital skills for learning and teaching in higher education. She is currently involved in a project looking at effective organisational communication.

Cristina is a reviewer for a number of journals, and for the European Educational Research Association (EERA). She was a research associate at the Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and she was a coordinator of the Education thematic group for the Human Development and Capability Association. She is the co-founder and chair of the Cambridge Education Alumni Group and the Future Focused Group looking at the use of technology for teaching and learning, research and social impact.

Research interests: Inclusion; educational leadership; Higher Education; Human resource and knowledge management; technology.

Other Responsibilities

CURRENT AND PAST RESPONSIBILITIES

Chair (2014-present)

Business and Education Research Degree Board

 

Co-Chair (2017- present)

Readers, Associate Professors and Professors (RAPP) Group

 

Co-Director (2017- present)

Centre for Education and Research

 

PhD Coordinator

Faculty of Education and Humanities  (2017-2019)

Level 8 Lead (Education)

Faculty of Health, Education and Society (2019- present)

 

Member of University Committees

  • Research Degree Committee (2013 - present)
  • Research and Enteprise Committee (2013 - present)
  • Faculty Research and Enteprise Committee (2013 - present)
  • Academic Senate (2012-2016; 2019-present)

Member of Working Groups

  • PGR Teaching Opportunities (Lead on behalf of the Research Degree Committee)
  • PGR mental health and wellbeing

Deputy Research Leader (2013-2016)

Centre for Education and Research, School of Education

 

Co-founder of the Future Focused Group, University of Northampton, (2018- present)

External Roles

  • Editor in Chief (2017-2018) – Efficiency Exchange
  • Expert Evaluator – H2020, SwafS programme (Science with and for Society) (2018-present)
  • Expert Evaluator and international advisory board member (teaching and learning) – Excellent Department project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research – Faculty of Philosophy and Education, University of Turin, Italy (2019-2022)
  • Advisory panel member: InDEEP project, University of Padova
  • External examiner: MEd programme, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland (2019-present)
  • Peer reviewer – ‘Theme 5: How higher education institutions respond to COVID-19, build resilience through research and knowledge creation, and find solutions to global challenges’ - Association of Commonwealth Universities & Commonwealth Secretariat (Current)

Teaching Interests

  • Social Sciences research methods and methodologies
  • Inclusion (particularly inclusion in Higher Education)
  • Leadership and management in Higher Education
  • PhD supervision and career development

Other Responsibilities

Co-Coordinator, Education Thematic Group, Human Development and Capability Association (2013-2015)

Member of the Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (2006-2010)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 12 Oct 2007

MPhil, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 12 Oct 2007

Master, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 10 Oct 2003

Bachelor, Universita degli Studi di Torino

Award Date: 1 Jul 1989

External positions

Peer reviewer – ‘Theme 5: How higher education institutions respond to COVID-19, build resilience through research and knowledge creation, and find solutions to global challenges’, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Jun 2020 → …

External Examiner - MEd Programme, Trinity College Dublin

Dec 2019 → …

Expert Evaluator and international advisory board member (teaching and learning) – Excellent Department project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research – Faculty of Philosophy and Education, University of Turin

Aug 2019 → …

Expert Evaluator – H2020, SwafS programme (Science with and for Society), European Commission

2018 → …

ILAS Fellow, Keele University

20172018

Advisory panel member: InDEEP project, University of Padua

20162018

Member of the Laboratorio di Pedagogia Speciale, Università Foro Italico, Rome

Keywords

  • L Education (General)
  • inclusion
  • leadership and management
  • teaching and learning
  • higher education
  • professional identity
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • disability
  • special educational needs
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • methodology
  • Social justice
  • Development

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Projects

RAPID REVIEW- EFFECTIVE MECHANISMS FOR KNOWLEDGE MOBILISATION

Devecchi, C.

16/01/181/05/18

Project: ResearchCharitable Funding

Research Output

  • Being a Refugee Child in Lebanon: Implementing Young Children’s Rights in a Digital World through the Blockchain Educational Passport

    Devecchi, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights . Routledge

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Open Access
    File
  • Other People’s Adaptations: Teaching Children With Special Educational Needs to Adapt and to Aspire

    Devecchi, C. & Watts, M., Oct 2018, New Frontiers of the Capability Approach. Comim, F., Fennell, S. & Anand, P. B. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 571-596 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Open Access
    File
  • Educare la persona: provvedimenti focalizzati sulle capabilities per studenti universitari con disabilità

    Translated title of the contribution: Educating the person: a capability-focused provision for university students with disabilitiesDevecchi, C., 2017, InDeEP University : Un progetto di ricerca partecipata per una Università inclusiva. Santi, M. & Di Masi, D. (eds.). Padova, Italy: Padova University Press, p. 61-76 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Open Access
    File
  • Moving to higher education: Opportunities and barriers experienced by people with disabilities

    Shevlin, M., McGuckin, C., Bell, S. & Devecchi, C., 8 Feb 2017, Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 159-175 17 p. (Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    SER05 Blockchain Educational Passport Blockchain Educational Passport: Decentralised Learning Ledger (DLL)

    Devecchi, C., Turner, S., Armellini, A., Brooks, I., Mellish, B., Petford, N., Taeed, O. & Hadawi Cbe, A., 30 Apr 2017, 30 p. (Development Heads: Sajin Abdu (Technology))

    Research output: Book/ReportTechnical Report

    Open Access
    File
  • Activities

    Life Beyond a PhD: Working with PhD students as co-researchers to re-imagine their employability skills

    Cristina Devecchi (Speaker)

    25 Oct 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    File

    Universities in transition: Managing knowledge and developing people through the use of 4th stage intellectual capital framework

    Cristina Devecchi (Invited speaker), & Nicholas Petford (Invited speaker)

    14 Sep 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    La formazione del docente inclusive europeo (The professional development of the inclusive teacher in Europe)

    Cristina Devecchi (Invited speaker)

    13 Sep 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkTeaching

    Inclusion for all: supporting teachers and the case of England

    Cristina Devecchi (Invited speaker)

    5 Sep 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Capturing and transacting ‘value for students’ in the Digital University: the Blockchain Educational Passport

    Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), , Ali Al-Sherbaz (Speaker), , Scott Turner (Speaker), , Olinga Taeed (Speaker), & Nick Petford (Speaker)

    18 Jun 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    File

    Leading change together: managing cultural change across the highereducation workforce

    Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), , Hala Fawzy Mansour (Speaker), , Jackie Potter (Speaker), & Nick Allen (Speaker)

    10 Sep 201811 Sep 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    ‘Capturing and transacting “value for students” in the Digital University: the Blockchain Educational Passport’

    Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), , Olinga Taeed (Speaker), , Ali Al-Sherbaz (Speaker), , Scott John Turner (Speaker), & Nicholas Petford (Speaker)

    3 Sep 20187 Sep 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    File

    What it takes to build a PhD community: Future looking, risk taking, employability ready, socially responsible

    Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), , Anthony Stepniak (Speaker), , Maitreyee Buragohain (Speaker), , Sue Watling (Speaker), , Ratika Malkani (Speaker), & Yu Zhao (Speaker)

    15 May 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch