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Dr Gill Clifton

BA(Hons), PGCE, MA(Ed), EdD

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Professional biography

I have over 30 years experience of working across educational sectors from early years through to special school and Further Education.  More recently I have worked in Higher Education - both for the University of Essex and the Open University.  The breadth of my experience also includes working in the Third Sector,  designing and project managing government funded national initiatives such as Aimhigher, Students Associates Scheme, and Entry to Employment.  I have also worked in initial teacher training, supporting trainee teachers (specialising in Child Protection and Reflective Practice)  and trained as an assessor for QTS.   

Currently, my work with the Open University includes Programme Lead for the Masters in Education (F55 & F70 pathways) as well as managing Associate Lecturers in my role as a Staff Tutor for the School of Education Childhood, Youth and Sports.  However, during my 18 years experience with the OU I have held a number of positions.  These have included working as an Associate Lecturer (teaching on Access modules, Undergaduate and Masters programmes).  I am a member of the OU Ethics Committee, an EdD Supervisor. 

As module chair for the OUs Stage 3 Masters Dissertation module,  I can bring to my role the breadth of my educational experience but also my project management and problem solving experience much of which was gained from working in the Marketing, PR & Tourism sectors, as well as the Petro-chemical Industry.

As an OU regional academic I have published a number of articles and book reviews;  I am a peer reviewer for two educational journals and have designed and participated in a number of small scale qualitative studies.  As an active researcher my interests lie in the developing concept of critical (digital) pedagogies through the lens of inclusion (in its broadest sense)  and barriers to learning and education.  My Doctorate focussed on the concept of critical thinking as an holistic way of thinking beyond simply seeing criticality as set of skills to be taught and learnt! 

Research interests

Higher Education

Teacher Training

Barriers to learning

Leadership and Management

Teaching interests

Digital Pedagogies

Conversational Theory

Communities of Practice

External collaborations

Teeside University



Adult postgraduate students’ learning in online spaces—Images of identity and belonging (2021)
Dennis, Carol Azumah and Clifton, Gill
Zeitschrift für Weiterbildungsforschung, 44(2) (pp. 133-150)