Dr Suanne Gibson
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Education
Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
Programme Director for the BA Education Studies Course.
This role entails:
• Teaching across all years of the programme and also supervising PhD students.
• I am currently carrying out research into ‘Disability and Inclusion’ and ‘Higher Education learning experiences’.
• In my managerial role I organise and facilitate subject team and student rep meetings, extern examiner liaison meetings, carry out the annual programme review, support as mentor for new colleagues, review programme and management of paperwork necessary for QAA, manage new module proposals and subsequent revision of degree programme handbook, induction of new students, interviews with prospective students, assessment of UCAS and direct entrant applications, faculty open days and applicant days.
• Working with contacts external to Plymouth University- aranging guest lectures/seminars with students and staff
Executive committee member of British Educational Studies http://educationstudies.org.uk/
2011 Winner of UPSU Outstanding Personal Tutor Award
2012 Awarded HEA National Teaching Fellowship
2013 Involved in collective to develop UK Undergraduate Journal for Education Studies- http://educationstudies.org.uk/journal/transformations/
2013 Awarded HEA International Scholarship
2013 Referee for International Journal of Inclusive Education
2013 Founder and co-ordinator of PEDRIO themed group- Critically Inclusive Pedagogies
2013 Nominated and Finalist in Plymouth University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Enterprise Awards
Academic and Professional Qualifications:
1995 BA (2.1Hons) Politics Queen’s University
1996 MPhil Russian and East European Studies Glasgow University
1998 PGCE History and Special Education Oxford University
2001 PhD Education management of Inclusive Education Oxford Brookes
I currently teach across all years on the BA EDST programme. My specialism is in questions of 'Disability and Inclusion' and social justice.
Research interests in the fields of:
• Inclusive education theories, practices and policy- I have published with Sage/Paul Chapman, Learning Matters, Continuum, the international academic journals-Disability and Society, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Support for Learning and Journal of Further and Higher Education.
Grants & contracts
Research Project: Exploring the pedagogy of group work at HE level 1
Research Project: A critical study of current practices in undergraduate group work, its role in the development of graduate attributes and skills (GAS) and the management of conflict
Research project: An emerging voice: students’ experience of writing for publication in Education Studies
Research project with John Moore’s University Liverpool:
Exploring transitions and questions of ‘Access’ to Higher Education for students with identified disabilities.
Evaluating the efficacy of RIO projects
Participatory Partnerships in Education
Awarded HEA National
Developing a critically inclusive pedagogy of relationship for the retention and success of ‘non-traditional’ students or ‘students at risk of exclusion’.
‘Becoming Student’- partnerships and voices. Developing a ‘relationships for academic success and transformation’ model.
Blandford, S., and Gibson, S. (2000), ‘A Poisoned Chalice?’, Times Education SEN Supplement, 14th July.
Gibson, S. (2001), Special Educational Needs Teacher’s Guide to the Internet, Bristol: Classroom Resources
Gibson, S. (2002), The first year of the student portal system at Plymouth University, anecdotes from the Faculty of Arts and Education, in, ETHOS, Plymouth University.
Blandford, S and Gibson, S. (2005), Managing Special Educational Needs in Primary and Secondary schools, London, Sage.
Gibson, S. (2006), ‘Beyond a ‘culture of silence’: inclusive education and the liberation of ‘voice’’, Disability and Society, Vol. 21, No. 4
Gibson, S and Brown, T. (2006), In Conversation with Suanne Gibson, in, The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Education (Escalate) Newsletter, Issue 4, Spring.
Gibson, S. (2007) ‘Book Review- Sage handbook of Special Education’, in British Education Research Journal, 33, 4, pp.629-630
Gibson, S and Knowler, H. (2007), The Joy of Meeting Pupil Needs through Developing Community, in, Hayes, D. (Ed.), Joyful Teaching and Learning in the Primary School, Exeter, Learning Matters.
Gibson, S. (2009), ‘Inclusion versusneo-liberalism: Empowering the ‘Other’’, in Gibsonand Haynes (Eds.) Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion:Engaging Education, London, Continuum.
Gibson,S. and Luxton, J. (2009), ‘Departure from the Library desk! One undergraduateprogramme’s story of their Subject Librarian’s evolving role’, in, SCONUL Focus, 45, pp41-44
Gibson,S. and Haynes, J. et al, (2009) ‘Cultures of knowledge, learning andassessment: an encounter between two education studies programmes’, in, Educational Futures, Vol.2 No.1,pp57-70.
Gibson,S. and Luxton, J. (2009), The impact ofan information literacy curriculum on undergraduate studentdevelopment and success: a critical analysis, Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Vol.11, No.3, pp6-12.
Gibson, S and Kendall, L. (2010), Stories from School:Dyslexia and Learners’ Voices on factors impacting on achievement, Supportfor Learning, Vol. 25, No. 4, 187-193
Gibson,S. (2012), NarrativeAccounts of University Education: Socio-Cultural Perspectives of Students withDisabilities, Disability and Society , Vol. 27, No. 3, May 2012, 353–369
Gibson, S. (2013a), ‘Disability matters’ – The role of thepersonal tutor for inclusive teaching and learning, in Bilham, T. (Ed); NTFcollection: For the Love of Learning Basingstoke, Palgrave.
Gibson, S. (2013b), SEN and the question ofInclusive Education, in Curtis, W and Ward, S. (Eds); Education Studies an Issues Based Approach, London, Sage.
Jane Seale, Suanne Gibson, Joanna Haynes & Alice Potter(2014): Power and
resistance:Reflections on the rhetoric and reality of using participatory methods topromote student voice and engagement in higher education, Journal of Furtherand Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2014.938264
Gibson, S. (2015) When rights are not enough:What is? Moving towards new pedagogy for inclusive education within UKuniversities, International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19:8, 875-886
2004 British Educational Research Association – Manchester Metropolitan University
Managing Special Educational Needs (SEN) In the Mainstream School. The Role of the SEN Team.
2005 British Educational Research Association – University of Glamorgan
Student experiences of working in groups at undergraduate level. “Its just a load of GAS”
2005 International Practitioner Research Conference and CARN --Fontys University, Utrecht.
Working with the contemporary undergraduate, group work and G.A.S
2006 Discourse Power and Resistance conference-- Manchester Metropolitan University. Engaging professionally with the unexpected in learning (Paper presented by Dr Tony Brown ESCALATE with Suanne Gibson as co-contributor)
2006 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning --- Washington, USA. Engaging professionally with the unexpected in learning (Paper presented by Dr Tony Brown ESCALATE with Suanne Gibson as co-contributor)
2007 British Education Studies Association conference Bath Spa University, Understanding and Responding to Conflict: the path of the Education Studies Undergraduate.
2008 VC’sTeaching and Learning Conference -- University of Plymouth, Making connections and making an impact-tutoring the contemporary undergraduate of Education Studies
2008 BritishEducation Studies Association conference -- Liverpool Hope University, Cultures of knowledge, learning andassessment: an encounter between 2 education studies programmes
2009 NACADAInternational conference on Student Success -- Liverpool Edge HillUniversity, The impact of an InformationLiteracy Curriculum (ILC) on Undergraduate student development and success: acritical analysis
2009 MarjonCentre for Educational Research — Inaugural Marjon Centre for EducationalResearch seminar: Musings on‘Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion- Engaging Education’
2010 12thAnnual International Conference on Education-- Athens Institute forEducation and Research (ATINER), Exploringtransitions and questions of ‘Access’ to Higher Education for students withidentified Disabilities
2010 The Fifth CILIP CoFHE and UC&R JointConference—ExeterUniversity, Empowering and effectivecollaboration: The voice of the subject librarian
2011 The European Conference on Educational Research--- Freie Universität, Berlin, Reflections on the second year asundergraduates:
‘access’ and matters of the socio-cultural for students with identified
2012 British Education Studies Associationconference – Hull University, ‘Complementary voices’ in sighting changes to‘Educator’ practices for students with disabilities’
2012 British EducationStudies Association conference – Hull University, ‘Plymouth University
Student voices: considerations and expressions of Education Studiesfinal year research projects; from the horse’s mouth!’
2012 British Education Studies Associationconference – Hull University, P.I.E paper
2013 British Education Studies Associationconference—Swansea Met University, What’s up with ‘Inclusive Education’? -A time for questions.
2013 British EducationStudies Association conference—Swansea Met University, ‘Plymouth University. Studentvoices: Education Studies finalyear research projects’
2013PEDRIO Internationalisation and the Student Experience- PlymouthUniversity, ‘To question, understand and grow with that which is ‘other’.Reflections on a UK HEA International Scholarship project 2013/14 to developinclusive pedagogy for relationship with students, tutors and the university.’
2014 BESA- PG Student pre conference: 'Dialogue and space'-considering the ebb, flow and purpose of the focus group.
2014 BESA Conference- Listening to our ‘diverse’ students and preparinglearning futures to enhance the retention and academic success of all.Reflections on a HEA International Scholarship 2013-2014.
2014Higher Education Academy Annual Conference—Workshop and paper: Listening to our ‘diverse’ students and preparinglearning futures to enhance the retention and academic success of all. Reflectionson a HEA international scholarship 2013-2014
2014European Conference Education Research(Porto University) 2014- : 'Diversity' And Relationship On Campus-International Student Voices.
2015 BathUniversity A symposium: 'Qualityin Qualitative Research and Enduring Problematics'. Gibson and Black: Participatory methods – inclusive research:pitfalls and promise.
2015 BESAconference- Exploring and engaging with the failings of ‘Inclusion in HigherEducation’. Is a post-rights inclusive future possible?- Cardiff Met University
2015 BESAconference- ‘Plymouth University. Studentvoices: Education Studies final year research projects’
2015 BERA conference- Symposium- Diversity'in Higher Education and inclusive learning futures