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Researcher, The Open University

For more than 20 years, I have taught maths, science and technology to adults from all walks of life, across the Adult Education sector, the FE sector, and more recently the HE sector. I am an independent education consultant and until recently was an associate Learning and Skills inspector for Ofsted. Passionate about inclusive learning and improving access to higher education for socio-economically disadvantaged students with ICT limitations, I have been interested in prisoner education for many years. My research has focused on how prisoners access and benefit from higher education and I have recently completed an ESRC-funded PhD entitled ‘Prison-based transformative learning and its role in life after release'. An invited panel-speaker, I currently sit on advisory boards of a number of prison-related projects in the UK and Australia.


  • 2006–present
    Researcher, The Open University
  • 2003–present
    Associate lecturer, The Open University
  • 2003–present
    Education Consultant, Fermatec Ltd
  • 2002–2013
    Learning and Skills Inspector, Ofsted (via Serco)
  • 1990–2006
    Teacher/Lecturer, Various FE Colleges


  • 2014 
    The Open University, PhD
  • 2010 
    The Open University, MRes Education
  • 1995 
    University of Greenwich, PGCE (PCET)
  • 1984 
    University of Liverpool, MSc Continuum mechanics for research and industry
  • 1983 
    University of Sheffield, BSc Hons


  • 2012
    Digital exclusion or learning exclusion? An ethnographic study of adult male distance learners in English prisons, Research in Teaching and Learning 20(4)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Prison-based transformative learning and its role in life after release
    PhD researcher
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2006
    Investigated the experiences of Open University students in prison
    Funding Source:
    Higher Education Funding Council for England


Open University Teaching Award (2009), Sir John Daniel Award for Education (2013)