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Dr Iona Burnell

Senior Lecturer

Cass School of Education and Communities

Iona joined the Cass School of Education and Communities, Stratford Campus, in September 2014. She is a lecturer on the BA Education Studies undergraduate programme, and the Doctor of Education programme. Her research interests are: social class and inequality in education; widening participation, equality and inclusion within HE; the experiences of non-traditional students in Higher Education. 


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    My teaching experience and background is in Further Education where I taught Access Courses at an inner London College for 10 Years. I joined FE after graduating from UEL with a BA (Hons) Linguistics. In 2011 I started lecturing in Higher Education, on the Education Studies pathway, in a centre of HE in FE, based in East London. I was also appointed  Manager for the Combined Studies degree programme that I was teaching on. I qualified with a Doctorate in Education, University of Sheffield, in 2013, and continued in my managerial and lecturing role in Education Studies until I was offered the post of Senior Lecturer at Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London in July 2014. Last Updated: 09/2014


    Overview

    My research interests are:

    social class, social inequality and inequality in education;
    widening participation in higher education;
    equality and inclusion within HE;
    the experiences of non-traditional students in HE.


    Research

    Publications:

    Burnell, I. (2017) ‘Teaching and Learning in Further Education: the Ofsted factor’, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 41(2), pp. 227-237. (on-line 10.1080/0309877X.2015.1117599).

    Burnell, I. (2016) ‘Widening the participation into higher education: experiences and perspectives of non-traditional mature learners in HE’, in Hill, M., Hudson, A., McKendry, S., Raven, N., Saunders, D., Storan, J. and Ward, T. (eds.) Closing the Gap: Bridges for Access and Lifelong Learning, pp. 29-42.

    Burnell, I. (2015) ‘Widening the participation in Higher Education: reshaping identities of non-traditional learners’, Research in Teacher Education, 5(2), pp. 6-11. (on-line 10.15123/PUB.4760).

    Burnell, I. (2015) ‘Widening the participation into higher education: examining Bourdieusian theory in relation to HE in the UK’, Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 21(2), pp. 93-109.

    Conferences and Presentations:

    ECER 2017, European Educational Research Association Conference, Copenhagen: ‘A degree but no graduate job: an exploration of reasons for the low graduate employment figure for students of a London University’. August 2017.

    University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education. Seminar on using alternative assessment methods to level the playing field for non-traditional students. January 2017.

    BERA 2016 conference, University of Leeds: ‘Non-traditional students in Higher Education: can using alternative assessment methods level out the playing field?’. September 2016.

    2016 FACE conference (Forum for Access and Continuing Education) Queens University, Belfast: ‘Non-traditional students in Higher Education: can using alternative assessment methods level out the playing field?’. July 2016.

    2015 FACE conference (Forum for Access and Continuing Education) University of South Wales: ‘experiences and perspectives of non-traditional students in higher education’. July 2015.

    Richmond Centre for Learning and Teaching Conference, Richmond American International University London: 'Inclusion and Success - non-traditional students in higher education'. March 2015

    Higher Education Research Group, University of East London: ‘Widening the Participation into Higher Education: examining Bourdieusian theory in relation to HE in the UK’. January 2015.




    Publications


    Funding

    My interests, and topics covered in my publications, are:
    social class, social inequality and inequality in education;
    widening participation in higher education;
    equality and inclusion within HE;
    the experiences of non-traditional students in HE.


    Interests

    Portfolio




    Sociology of Education

    Philosophy of Education

    Comparative Educational Ideology and Policy

    The Language of Multilingual Communities

    Debates in Educational Ideology and Policy

    Education with Psychology

    Education, Identity and Social Justice

    ‘Researcher Positionality’ module on the Doctor of Education programme.

    BA Education Studies undergraduate programme

    Doctor of Education programme

    Teaching