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Lucy Currie

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Dr Lucy Currie

Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

What area does your research focus on?

My doctoral study employed a phenomenographic approach to examine variation in early years practitioners’ conceptions of university work-based learning. Having emanated from policies of widening participation, findings from this research have proved valuable in the development of postgraduate professional learning programmes at Masters level and continuing professional development.

What are the other key aspects of your role?

I am Programme Leader for the SEND and Inclusion: (National Award for Special Education Needs and Disability Coordinators). I also design and teach Postgraduate programmes on campus and online. I supervise doctoral and Masters students. I am also a member of the Northumbria REC SAT. 

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like travelling, running, walking, sewing, listening to podcasts on money matters and true crime, music, reading, watching TV and dancing. I do less travelling and sewing now to give time to my 3 grandsons aged 8 years, 16 months and 6 months.

What do you think you could particularly offer mentoring support with?

Managing time and stress levels, which are usually at the root of poor completion rates. I am good at listening and gently rationalising a situation when someone seems stuck in one perspective. This is particularly the case when imposter syndrome rears its head in students from minoritised backgrounds. Cultural capital is important in such cases.