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Dr Richard Freeman
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Senior Lecturer
  • IOE - Centre for Doctoral Education
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am the Deputy Director of the UCL Institute of Education-led Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre for the Social Sciences and the Programme Leader for the Online MPhil/PhD, which launched in October 2014.

My responsibilities include supporting the development of generic skills for post-graduate researchers and early-years post-doctoral researchers here at the Institute. I am also responsible for supporting academic staff in developing their skills in doctoral supervision.

I have two primary research interests: I am interested in issues related to doctoral education, especially psychological issues that can affect doctoral submission. In addition, I have been involved in two European projects on traffic psychology: Driving under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines (DRUID) & Social Attitudes to Road Traffic Risk in Europe (SARTRE)

Research Summary

I am currently researching academic identities, with a particular interest in doctoral identity.

My three current research projects are:

  • a HEFCE-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme project: Design and evaluation of a new PGT route to widen access to social science research training.
  • a Vitae-funded project: What is a Researcher Developer: Roles, responsibilities and representations.
  • an ESRC-funded project: What are the experiences of early career social scientists?
Teaching Summary

In addition to teaching doctoral researchers on many areas relating to generic skills and researcher development, I am Module Leader for the Methodology & Statistics psychology masters module, which I teach using a flipped classroom approach. I also lecture on various Research Methods and Statistics courses, deliver workshops on NVivo and SPSS.

Academic Background
1995 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University of Birmingham
1989 BA Bachelor of Arts – Social and Political Sciences University of Cambridge
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