Minto Felix is a Doctoral student investigating research culture(s) in Indian higher education, exploring disciplinary, institutional, and system-level factors and their interrelationships. He is supervised by Professor Simon Marginson and Professor Alis Oancea.
Minto is a graduate of the department’s MSc Higher Education Course, where he graduated with Distinction. He is interested in the research contribution of Indian universities to the economic and social development of the country.
Outside of Oxford, Minto is a Senior Consultant with the Nous Group, providing advice to private and public sectors and works extensively with UK higher education institutions. He has worked across Australia and the UK in strategy and advisory roles in health and higher education, and writes frequently on these issues for mainstream media outlets in both these countries. Minto also holds a Masters in Health Administration and Bachelor of Psychological Sciences from Monash University, Australia.
Darta is a DPhil student pursuing research in the field of global higher education.
Darta has a diverse academic and professional background. She holds a 1st class BA(Hons) degree in Finance and Business and a MSc in Education (Leadership and Policy). She has strengthened her academic achievements through research assistantships as well as working in financial accounting. Her journey has developed a global perspective and instigated academic curiosity regarding university global engagement.
Darta is particularly interested in understanding global flows within higher education as well as addressing the gap in literature on what constitutes a global higher education institution. Darta’s research explores global universities as through the lenses of social space and social networks. Her approach will employ creative, grounded methods to understand the global imaginary.
Lisa Cherry is a First Year Full Time DPhil Student based in The Rees Centre.
An Author, Trainer and speaker on Trauma, Recovery and Resilience, Lisa brings 30 years of experience working in education and social care settings. In the last ten years, Lisa’s work has been focused on creating and delivering training across all sectors, Education, Social Care, criminal justice and health, with the sole aim of contributing to the facilitation of developing services that can create better life chances for children who are considered to be vulnerable.
Lisa’s research in her MEd looked at the intersection of school exclusion and being in care and the impact upon education and employment across the life course.
- The Brightness of Stars; Stories of adults who came through the care system, 2016 KCA Publishing
- Conversations that Make a Difference for Children and Young People: Relationship-Focused Practice from the Frontline, 2021 Routledge
Lesley Nelson-Addy is a PGCE English Curriculum Tutor and is also a Supervisor on the Masters in Learning and Teaching course, following her completion of her MSc in 2018.
Lesley is currently completing her PhD in Education and she is looking at the experiences of Black British students who study English at elite institutions across the UK. Lesley taught English in two local Oxfordshire state secondary schools for five years, having completed her PGCE at the Department of Education in Oxford. In addition to her teaching of students through GCSE and A Level English Language and Literature, Lesley has also been a professional programmes tutor at Oxford University where she teaches on the English PGCE course and is an examiner for the Masters in Learning and Teaching course.
Nelson-Addy, L., Dingwall, N., Elliott.V. & Thompson, I. (2018) ‘Back to the future: the restoration of canon and the backlash against multiculturalism in secondary English curricula’ in Goodwyn, A., Durrant, C., Sawyer, W., Zancanella, D. & Scherff, L. (eds.) The Future of Englishteaching worldwide and its histories: celebrating 50 years from the Dartmouth conference (London:Routledge).
Tiarnach’s research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Tiarnach has returned to the Department of Education having previously completed an M.Sc in Childhood Development and Education at the University of Oxford. Tiarnach was recipient of the Oxford Review of Education Dissertation Prize 2016/2017 for his thesis exploring the effects of feedback in virtual learning environments. He completed his undergraduate, Honours B.Ed at Trinity College Dublin.
Tiarnach’s professional background is in primary education as a mainstream and English language teacher, working predominantly in disadvantaged communities.
- Technology in education
- Early literacy and numeracy learning
- Early mental health
- Effects of social disadvantage on education
- Quantitative methods in education research
Zhen graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2001 with a first-class honours degree in English, and obtained MSc in Child Development and Education in University of Oxford in 2014.
Before coming to Oxford, Zhen taught English in China or over 10 years. She also worked in 12 UK schools (11 primaries and 1 secondary school) for one year, teaching Chinese and Chinese culture. Her first-hand knowledge of Chinese and English education, combined with the training she received in Oxford, gives her an advantage to create her own voice in child learning, and in second language learning for young children.
Her research interests are children learning, literacy development, bilingualism, second language acquisition, English language teaching and learning.
Janique is a Probationary Research Student in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
Her current research focuses on children’s learning and the emotional well-being of transnational Caribbean families. As a seasoned educator she has worked at the secondary school level for over a decade and obtained a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of the West. Indies.
In 2015, as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Warwick, she completed an MA in Educational Innovation, with distinction. She is a committed community volunteer and leader. Her research interests remain in understanding how to improve outcomes for children in care and children who are impacted by separation from parents through migration.
Issac is a transdisciplinary social scientist with advanced training in education, organizational behavior, and sociology.
He is conversant with conceptual and methodological tools from diverse epistemologies and deploys them to solve theoretical and practical puzzles. His main research interests are at the intersection of organizational behavior, health care management, and complexity science.
He is curious how organizations can mobilize expertise in diverse teams to improve the quality of team decision making. His dissertation is concerned with understanding the complexities of the phenomenon of providing care for individuals with chronic conditions in interprofessional teams, as well as receiving care as an individual with chronic conditions. He uses concepts in complexity science, sociology, education, and organizational behavior to uncover the mechanisms of how organizations can harness the diverse expertise in teams. Using ethnography and social network analysis as his main tools, he examines the evolution of team structures as they tackle complex problems.
Previously, he completed graduate work at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University where he received the Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship. He is currently reading a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he is a member of the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory research group. In Singapore’s National Healthcare Group, he established the research unit, Health Outcomes and Medical Education Research (HOMER) in 2011, and has led since. Through the HOMER Grant, his unit has given out 83 research grants since 2011 to fund research projects that focused on developing practical knowledge and theory in the training and development of healthcare professionals. At NHG, he received the Critical Talent Special Recognition Award, and was selected for the Inspiring SEAL Leadership Training Program to be equipped for leading strategic initiatives to confront current and future challenges in Singapore’s healthcare system. He was a member of NHG’s Interprofessional Leadership Program’s Working Committee (2014-2018) and is currently a member of the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress Scientific Committee (2015 to current).
Mark Bai Li is a Doctoral student in Applied Linguistics and Manchu language education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.
His current project focuses on the education of the “critically endangered” Manchu language in China. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how the visual complexity, grapheme-to-phoneme mapping complexity, and syllabic complexity of Manchu orthography contribute to the young learner’s word recognition.
Mark holds a BA in English from Dalian University of Foreign Languages, and an MSEd in TESOL from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He also spent one and half years doing MPhil level research on Manchu education at King’s College London. Prior to Oxford, Mark taught as a Lecturer in English in China for seven years and as a volunteer ESOL teacher in the School District of Philadelphia for one year.