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Dr Vera Hutchinson
55-59 Gordon Square
Greater London
Tel: 02076126910
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I moved to the Institute of Education in 2006, following substantial teaching experience in the Further Education sector in London. From 2008-2016, I provided consultancy and support for National Research and Development Centre (NRDC) professional development projects, including the Skills for Life Support Programme 2009-10 workforce development strand. From 2015-2017, I acted as the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Regional Specialist Lead for English in the London region. I also had a lead training role for the National GCSE English Enhancement programme as well as training professional lead trainers for the English Pipeline, a national ETF initiative. I was Programme Leader of the Masters in Adult literacy, Language and Numeracy for 7 years. This year, I have a new role as joint Programme Leader on the MA English Education, and I share the module lead role on the two core modules: ‘Contemporary Issues in English Education’ and ‘Dissertation/Report with Integrated Research’. I also act as external examiner for teacher education programmes at Canterbury Christchurch University.

Research Summary

I was originally appointed to the IOE in 2006 to work on an externally funded action research project, ‘Change Direction’, involving two universities and three further education colleges. As a teacher educator, my role was to develop quality criteria and processes for mentoring and teaching practice placements on specialist English and Maths Post16 PGCE programmes. From 2015-2017, I was the UK Principal Investigator on an Erasmus funded European research and development  project on the use of digital technology in adult literacy teaching. My doctoral research thesis, ‘Adults’ perceptions of their writing practices and development as writers’, was published in 2020. I am currently leading on the writing of an extended literature review, ‘Young People, Education, Employment and ESOL’, commissioned by the Bell Foundation as part of a wider UCL IOE research project into support for young people aged 16-25 years who use English as an Additional Language in England.  

Teaching Summary

Since 2008, I have been engaged in teaching and programme design on a range of courses at UCL Institute of Education. This has included teaching and module leadership on the specialist Post-Compulsory PGCE English (Literacy and ESOL) as well as teaching on the generic Post-Compulsory PGCE programme. I am currently joint Programme Leader of the Masters in English Education. In addition to teaching on the MA in English Education, I also teach on the BA in Education Studies. My teaching includes dissertation supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students, including some recent doctoral supervision.

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