Humanistic Perspectives

Group Leader(s): Dr Susannah Wright

Contact: +44 (0)1865 488272

About us

The Humanistic Perspectives research group draws together researchers who adopt a variety of humanistic methodologies (e.g. historical, philosophical, literary, anthropological, socio-cultural, narrative analysis, visual and artistic). Our research is varied but addresses arts, humanities, literature, and learning and identity within and beyond typical institutional settings. We are a collegial and productive community which supports members with their communal, and individual, projects. You can find out more about us on our research group website and our blog.

Our aims are to:

  • advocate the value of humanistic research within wider educational and societal debates
  • explore and contribute to the development of humanistic research methodologies.

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Research impact

research engagement with undergraduate students

Prof. Helen Walkington’s research into mentoring research engagement for undergraduate students is recognised globally for its impact on HE pedagogy. For more information about Helen’s work in this field, please see the Salient Practices website. You can also find out about the impact of her research at Durban University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Dr Rachel Payne works on research engagement for artist-teachers in local schools. The local impact of Payne’s research has led to impact at the national level through her role as President for the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), and as a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education. Payne chairs an Initial Teacher Education Special Interest Group who have successfully lobbied the Department for Education (DfE) to implement £9,000 bursaries for secondary art and design teacher trainees in 2020-21. Payne is one of only eleven UK academics profiled on the ‘Research Impact at the UK Parliament’ website.


Susannah Wright

Dr Susannah Wright

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Postgraduate Research Tutor

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Name Role Email
Dr Patrick Alexander Reader in Education & Director, Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development (CECD); Research Lead
Dr Tracey Martin Millward Associate Lecturer in Education
Dr Rachel Payne Principal Lecturer Student Experience
Dr James Percival Senior Lecturer in Education
Dr Linda Shaw Senior Lecturer in Child Development and Education
Mrs Lorna Shires Principal Lecturer in Teacher Development; Programme Lead of Initial Teacher Education
Mr Nick Swarbrick Associate Lecturer (Early Childhood & Outdoor Learning)
Mr Mathew Tobin Senior Lecturer in Education
Professor Helen Walkington Professor of Higher Education


Active projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

Remembrance in Schools

The Remembrance in Schools project is a longitudinal study of remembrance practices in English schools. Beginning in 2013, we are interested in: 1) What schools are doing to mark Remembrance Day, on or around 11 November, and why; and 2) What members of school communities think they are 'remembering', and think and feel about their schools' Remembrance Day events. The team comprises Susannah Wright, Patrick Alexander, David Aldridge and Annie Haight.
Dr Susannah Wright Oxford Brookes University From: September 2013

Ten Salient Practices

Following an extensive review of the literature on mentoring undergraduate research, ten salient practices emerged which support effective mentoring of undergraduate researchers. These practices can be used to develop a mentoring pedagogy of high quality.
Professor Helen Walkington Elon University

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