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Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton

Nadia teaches undergraduate courses as well as on the MA Education, the professional doctorate and PhD at the School of Education. She is also involved with university-wide learning and teaching committees and groups.

Nadia's research and teaching build on her interest in critical perspectives on education and learning with particular focus on the relationship between formal and informal learning in professional development and professionalism as well as the role of Higher Education in the professions.

After a BSc in psychology, I went on to work in adolescent residential care at a time of high youth unemployment, where I developed an interest in policy responses to youth unemployment and completed a comparative study of youth training schemes in France and England for an M.Phil degree at the London Institute of Education in 1985.

I subsequently worked as project officer for a Greater London Council funded project supporting young women in youth training, qualified to teach and taught in further education.
I went on to work as project officer for the Manpower Services funded 'work-based learning project' which aimed to develop good practice models of work based learning to help raise the quality of current work based learning practice.

I then worked for Haringey Education Service Training Agency where, as well as working with unemployed youth, I became involved in a consultancy project on the development of National Vocational Qualifications.

A move to Middlesex University was quickly followed by a move to the University of Brighton where I have continued to develop both my practice in relation to, and theorising of, work-based learning.

My current research focus is on work-based learning and the role of higher education in the 'professionalisation' of work roles, and in particular in the context of employees studying foundation degrees part-time. I am a member of the University Council for the Education of Teachers CPD committee and a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education.


  • –present
    Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton