Programme Details

Doctor of Education

Staff Profile

Janet Orchard

Dr Janet Orchard, MA (Cantab), PGCE , PhD, Senior Lecturer

Janet is Director of the School of Education's programmes in Hong Kong, the EdD and the recently launched MSc Education, and she also directs the EdD in Bristol. She lectured previously at the Institute of Education, University of London and the Department of Education University of Oxford, having been a teacher and administrator in schools in England.  She was Deputy Director of an EIC Action Zone in London from 2001 to 2004, with particular responsibility for primary to secondary school transfer.

Janet is a philosopher of education, a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), the International Network of Philosophy of Education (INPE) and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB), where she is on the Editorial Board of its topical pamphlet series, ‘IMPACT’. She takes a comparative interest in the relationship between philosophy of education and teacher education and is developing a new model of critical reflection for teachers called 'Philosophy for Teachers' in England, Hong Kong and South Africa. She co-authored a paper concerned with the contribution of research to teachers' professional learning from a philosophical perspective commissioned by the BERA/RSA Inquiry into Teacher Education.  She also co-edited 'Learning Teaching from Experience' (2014, Bloomsbury) with Viv Ellis.

Her teaching subject is RE which she supports on the Secondary PGCE.  Professional associations she belongs to specifically concerned with RE include: NATRE (the National Association of Religious Education), AULRE (the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education) and the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV). She project managed the RE Subject Review for England initiated by the Religious Educational Council for England and Wales (REC) from June 2012- September 2013. She has an ongoing research interest in the Changing Nature of ITE in RE in both primary and secondary phases and with that expertise in mind she was co-opted onto the NATRE Executive in 2015. She is currently engaged in researching the place of dialogue in schooling, including the contribution which RE makes to promoting good community relations.

More Information about Janet's research can be found here.


Sally Barnes

Professor Sally Barnes, MPhil (Open), PhD (Bristol)

Sally Barnes is Professor of Doctoral Education.  She is Graduate Dean/Co-Education Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.  She is also the Dirstor of the ESRC funded Southwest Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) a collabrotive DTC with the universities of Exeter and Bath.

She developed many of the units on research methods at Masters and Doctoral level and taught Statistics to Masters and Doctoral students in Bristol for over 25 years.  She currently teaches research methods units on the EdD programme in Hong Kong.

IN PROGRESS UPDATING: Sally's research interests are in how appropriate technology can be used to enhance the learning process in both face-to-face and at a distance scenarios.  She originally came to Bristol to work on the acquisition of child language with the Language Development Project (directed by Gordon Wells).  Since then her work has focussed on individual differences in children’s language acquisition (MPhil) and adults learning to use computers (PhD).

Her current projects revolve around the FP7 EU-Network of Excellence Kaleidoscope where Sally was a member of the executive and core groups and on the sterring board of the Virtual Doctoral School.  Other projects include the ESRC funded use of digital video technology to better understand the holistic impact of technology on the classroom; and an evaluation of the Rollout of the NGfL in 10 Pathfinder LEAs (funded by BECTa)

Sally has research links with several the Instituto Informatica Educativa at the Universidad de la Frontera in Temuco Chile. Bristol and Temuco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to try and develop their Masters programmes into a linked joint effort. The Instituto is responsible for running Enlaces, the Chilean educational network.

More Information about Sally's research can be found here.


Dr. Lisa Lucas, BA(Hons), MA(York), PhD(Warw)

Lisa Lucas joined the Graduate School of Education in October 2002. Her background is in Sociology and she was previously a Research Fellow in the Department of Educational and Professional Development at University College London working on projects relating to Widening Participation initiatives in Higher Education.

She is the Director of the MPhil/PhD Programme. She is also Deputy Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. She teaches across a wide range of courses on the MSc Educational Research, MEd

Her most recent research projects include, a Higher Education Academy (HEA) study looking at the links between research and teaching in higher education. She is author of The Research Game in Academic Life, published in 2006 by SRHE/Open University Press and Academic Research and Researchers (2009), edited with Angela Brew and also published by SRHE/Open University Press.

More Information about Lisa’s research can be found here.


Professor Leon Tikly

Professor LEON TIKLY, BEd (CNAA), MPhil; PhD (Glasgow)

A key focus of Leon's work is  education in low income countries and in particular countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He currently directs a project on language supportive textbooks and pedagogy in Rwanda. He recently led a DfID funded Research Programme Consortium (RPC) on Implementing Education Quality in Low Income Countries (EdQual) (http://www.edqual.org). The consortium included partners based in the UK, South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda and Tanzania, Pakistan and Chile. The research programme focused on understanding the factors that shape the educational achievement of disadvantaged learners in Africa and strategies to improve the quality of education particuallry in science and mathematics education, the use of ICTs in the classroom, school leadership and language and literacy. Leon has also undertaken projects focusing on globalisation and skills for development in Africa and on leadership and change in South African schools. 

Leon is also interested in the achievement of Black and Minority Ethnic learners at risk of underachieving in the United Kingdom and Europe. He has undertaken several research projects in this area including evaluations of key government initiatives such as the Aiming High: Raising Black Caribbean achievement project and on understanding the educational needs of mixed heritage learners.  Leon  has worked closely with policymakers and practitioners at the national and local level to develop models of successful practice for raising the achievement of disadvantaged groups of learners.

Although Leon's work is practical in orientation and has been impactful on policy and practice it is underpinned by theoretical questions. These include how to conceptualise education as an aspect of the 'postcolonial condition', the impact of globalisation on the low income, world and how to understand the relationship between education, inequality and social justice. 

Leon started his career as a science teacher first in London comprehensives and then in a school for South African refugees in Morogoro, Tanzania.  He completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Glasgow.  His PhD thesis is on Education Policy in South Africa Since 1947.  Leon worked as a policy researcher at the Education Policy Unit, University of the Witwatersrand during the transition period between apartheid and democracy in South Africa where he helped to formulate education policy for the new provincial and national governments.  On returning to the UK he took up a lectureship in International and Comparative Education at the University of Birmingham. Since moving to Bristol he has worked as a lecturer and then as a senior lecturer in Education Management and Policy before being given a chair in 2006.

More Information about Leon’s research can be found here.


Dr. SUE TIMMIS, BEd(C.N.A.A.), PhD(Bristol)

Sue Timmis is a Senior Lecturer in technology Enhanced Learning and her work centres on educational engagement and empowerment and in particular on the role of digital technologies in rethinking learning, identity and collaborative working. Most of her work is focused on higher education and in particular undergraduate student learning and increasingly in relation to social justice and widening participation.  Sue is also very interested in methodological innovation and participatory research and has developed very successful models of co-produced research in higher education where students act as co-researchers, working alongside researchers in communities of inquiry. Sue is PI on a current project combining these interests called DD-lab or  digital diversity, learning and belonging.

In addition, Sue co-directs (With Dr Jane Williams) the Tel-me research programme on technology enhanced learning in undergraduate medicine at the University of Bristol. She is a co-investigator on 'Transforming education through technology enhanced assessment' or  TEA which is investigating how technology can be harnessed to make breakthroughs in rethinking assessment policy and practices in schools, further and higher education.  Sue is also a co-investigator on the RCUK funded SUPI (Schools-University Partnership Initiative) where she has developed her co-researcher methodology further to support engagement with children in schools, known as the Star (students as researchers) project.

Sue was Centre Director for Centre for Learning, Knowing and Interactive Technologies. from 2008 - 2014. She was a contributor to STELLAR, the EU Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning which ended in 2012, where she was a member of the  Scientific Capacity  Committee.   She is Director of the PhD programme, teaches and supervises students on Mphil/Phd,EdD and MSc programmes.

Sue joined the Graduate School of Education in June 2008.  Prior to this, she worked at the University of Bristol for 11 years, based in the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (also in Berkeley Square) where she was a Research Fellow, manager and project manager.  Research projects included Victorious, an EU-funded project on higher education students’ mobility in a digital world, the SOLE project, a major study of HE and FE students' online learning experiences across six discipline areas, and eChina - a unique collaborative programme funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education and HEFCE.

Sue held a previous research post at the University of Bath and before that was a freelance interactive designer and educational consultant for several years as well as a a spell setting up and working in a worker's co-operative - Context Computing Ltd based in  Bristol.  In her first life she taught in secondary schools in both London and Derbyshire and was Head of Modern Languages at a comprehensive school in the London Borough of Newham.

More Information about Sue’s research can be found here.


Dr. Guoxing Yu, BA, PhD(Bristol)

Dr Yu is Reader in Language Education & Assessment, Coordinator of Doctor of Education in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and co-coordinator of Centre for Assessment and Evaluation Research, at the University of Bristol.

He was the winner of the Jacqueline A. Ross Award (2008) for the outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of Language Testing (awarded by the TOEFL Program of Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. USA). He completed his PhD dissertation - Towards a model of using summarization tasks as a measure of reading comprehension - at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol (2005), with the support of ORS and UoB Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

He was the Book Review Editor of British Association for Applied Linguistics News (ISSN 0965-5638) for seven years.

He spearheaded the establishment of BAAL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG in 2009, and was the Deputy Covenor for a few years.

Dr Yu is an Executive Editor of Assessment in Education.

He is also on Editorial Board of:

Dr Yu is a referee for Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) and academic journals including:

More Information about Dr. Yu’s research can be found here.