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Research interests

Sophie's research interests lie within the Mentoring of Student Teachers, Simulated Learning and Inter-Professional Learning.


Sophie currently has two main roles within the area of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) at the University of Northumbria. She is the Programme Leader for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary) and the Lead for ITE where she liaises closely with the Head of Subject in the strategic planning for the area. Her pedagogy is rooted in a belief that education has the ability to empower (Freire, 1970) and that inclusive practice is fundamental to effective teaching and learning. This philosophy is reflected by her having won the Student Led Teaching Award for Northumbria’s ‘Best lecturer’ with the certifcate noting that 'she always has a positive attitude', 'creates a comfortable talking environment', 'listens to all students', 'makes her lectures interesting' and 'has an engaging presence'. In addition, Sophie is a Pro:NE mentor, working to widen access and participation for racially minoritised ethnic students and staff in postgraduate research.

Before joining Northumbria University as an academic she was a teacher, and leader, in schools within the Gateshead and North Tyneside Local Authorities. 

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PhD, Mentoring and Being Mentored, an inside story, Northumbria University

Award Date: 20 May 2021

Education, BA (Hons) with QTS, Lancaster University

1 Sept 198830 Jun 1992

Award Date: 1 Sept 1992


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