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Bennett, Shirley

The experience of dialogic interaction between observer and observee participants in online peer observation


Bouacha, Nour El Houda

Teacher and learner evaluation of language teaching material in Algerian secondary schools


Carrington, Patricia

A NEET Ending - The impact of Adult Community Learning on supporting a young person who is Not in Employment, Education or Training on their journey to become an active democratic citizen


Cartwright, Nick

Pedagogy and equality, specifically an assessment of the equality implications of Team-Based Learning through a case study (Director of Studies)


Deeming, Abbie

Mental Health, Schools and Decision Making


Delgado, Ezequiel

Informal Education: the role of teachers as leaders of a successful transition machinery from primary to secondary school. Investigating opinions, strategies and practices


ElMestari Soumia

EFL Teacher Leadership in Algerian universities


Gbedemah, Hilary

Examining the Application of International Human Rights’ Standards in Ghana for Non-Discriminatory Practices in Girls Secondary Education: The Impact of Discriminatory Disciplinary Measures


Hadawi, Ali

Managing organisational culture in a merged General Further Education College in England: A Case Study


Irwin, Wray

Social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Higher Education: systemic change in a Changemaker campus


McCarthy, Eucharia

Laying firm foundations for effective inclusive practice in early year’s settings in Ireland: professional development as a keystone to building capacity within the ECCE sector (Director of Studies)


Preston, Nichola

Restorative practices as an explicit framework to improve the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities (Director of Studies)


Sharp, Sally

Mental health and wellbeing in Higher Education


Stuart, Kim

Evaluation of end of life care of frail older people within a community trust.


Watling, Sue

Investigating how a Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework for the development of an online programme for academic and professional support staff can encourage meaningful adoption of Technology Enhanced Learning (Director of Studies)


Whewell, Emma

Primary PE teachers' self-image and professional identity



Bajwa-Patel, Meanu

Parental choice and school placement - issues for parents of children with statements of SEN


Barker, Joyce

School Science Technicians in Role Transition within Policy, Curricular and Labour Process Contexts


Batchelor, Elaine

Primary Trainee Teachers’ Talk with Primary School Science Co-ordinators: Two Case Studies of Primary Trainees Learning to Teach Science


Dampson, Dandy

Teacher participation in decision-making in Ghanaian basic schools: A study in the Cape Coast Metro and Mfantseman Municipality


Ellender, Philip

Transition to Secondary School by Children with Special Educational Needs


Hill, Gary

Evaluation and proposed enhancements in learning undergraduate computer programming using visual Problem Based Learning (PbBL) visual Project Based Learning (PjBL) and visual computer programming


Kentzer, Nicola

An investigation into the mentoring experiences of inservice trainee teachers in Further Education (FE): A Q methodology study


Kum, Henry

Pre-exile and refugee education in the UK: Francophone African refugees in the UK


Rapti, Sofia

Qualitative and quantitative differences in the reading performance between Greek language teachers and 12th grade pupils and between Adult Dyslexic and non-dyslexic students


Smith, Andrew

Investigating the professional status of the newly appointed special educational needs coordinator


Other 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 – to 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)

Member of Working Groups

  • PGR Teaching Opportunities (co-lead)
  • PGR mental health and wellbeing
  • Inclusion group

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
  • Co-Founder, Cambridge Education Alumni Network, University of Cambridge
  • Expert Evaluator – H2020, SwafS programme (Science with and for Society) (2018)
  • Rapporteur - Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2015)
  • Expert Evaluator (teaching and learning) – University of Turin, Italy (pending)

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

MPhil, University of Cambridge

Master, University of Cambridge

Bachelor, Universita degli Studi di Torino

External positions

ILAS Fellow, Keele University


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


  • 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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Research Output 2008 2019

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

fundamental right
equal opportunity
Open Access
cultural change
development project

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
special educational needs
common good
development theory
development model

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
special educational needs
human being

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

Towards a system for accreditation and recognition of teaching competences: the UK framework and the C@N-DO experience

Bennett, S., Devecchi, C., Armellini, A., Felisatti, E. (ed.) & Serbati, A. (ed.), 1 Jan 2017, Preparare la Professionalità Docente e Innovare la Didattica Universitaria. Milano: Franco Angeli, 272 p. (Le scienze dell’apprendimento: cognizione e formazione).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Open Access
secondary education

Activities 2013 2018

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


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

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

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

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


Inclusion for all: supporting teachers and the case of England

Cristina Devecchi (Invited speaker)
5 Sep 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

Supporting Community to Collaborate and Emotionally Engage in Digital Shifts @ level 8

Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), Anthony Stepniak (Speaker), Sue Watling (Speaker), Maitreyee Buragohain (Speaker), Ratika Malkani (Speaker), Yu Zhao (Speaker)
12 Jun 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

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