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Dr Richard Freeman
18 Woburn Square
  • Senior Lecturer
  • IOE - Centre for Doctoral Education
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am currently the Interim Head of the Centre for Doctoral Education and the Interim Faculty Graduate Tutor.

I am the Deputy Director of the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which is an ESRC-funded organisation that brings together five leading Social Science institutions: UCL, SOAS, LSHTM, Birkbeck and UEL.

I was Programme Leader for the Online MPhil/PhD, which I 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 IOE. 

I am interested in issues related to doctoral education, especially psychological issues that can affect doctoral submission. Previously, 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 most recent 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

I primarily teach doctoral researchers on many areas relating to generic skills and researcher development, as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis. I was previously Module Leader for the Methodology & Statistics psychology masters module, which I taught using a flipped classroom approach.

Academic Background
1995   Doctor of Philosophy University of Birmingham
1989   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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