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Dr Charlotte Barrow

Senior Lecturer in Education
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Charlotte teaches and supervises across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, from level 3 (Access, or Year 0), to levels 7 and 8 (Masters, and Doctorate). She has been teaching in the Education team at the University of Central Lancashire since 2004, and her main area of expertise is around inclusion.

Currently, Charlotte's teaching primarily focuses upon modules within the BA Education suite of programmes, working with second year students on issues around the inclusion of learners with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) in mainstream schools. Charlotte also leads the popular third year module focusing on the educational experiences of vulnerable pupils such as young carers, children who have been abused or neglected, young people in the criminal justice system, and those in local authority care. She supervises a range of student research projects at undergraduate and post-graduate level.

Charlotte was a researcher, then Project Manager in the University’s Cyberspace Research Unit from 2001-2004, researching children and young people’s use of the Internet and the targeting of children by online abusers, managing projects funded by the European Commission, the Home Office, and the Department for Education and Skills.

Charlotte co-ordinated European-wide research projects and presented findings at a variety of European conferences with academics, industry representatives and government representatives. She also has experience of liaising with the media, and organising large-scale events such as UK conferences, putting together the first UK Safer Internet Day event in 2004.

Upon beginning her teaching career in Education, Charlotte undertook a range of roles around issues of staff development and the use of e-learning, and also worked with colleagues in staff development roles to research and present on the issues of first year student experiences, and academic identities.

She has experience of collating and editing the in-house publications IMPACT (staff showcasing their research-informed teaching) and the journal Through the Looking Glass: Reflective Research in Post-Compulsory Education. In 2018, Charlotte was a joint author of the Palgrave Macmillan book, Writing for Education Students, a key study skills text for students at undergraduate level on Education and Childhood related courses.

Charlotte was course leader for the BA Education programmes from 2009-2016, and has also undertaken a variety of other roles such as Admissions Tutor, Disability Co-ordinator, liaison with partner colleges, quality assurance through University Review Panels, peer observation on the university's Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, and sat on the Academic Board's Student Experience Group from 2009-2011.

She has experience working with children and young people in a range of settings, from early years to secondary, via paid employment, voluntary work, and research projects. Charlotte's most recent work with children has been through time spent in primary school supporting literacy and the development of fine motor skills, and working on a one-to-one basis teaching yoga to children with disabilities and learning difficulties.

  • PhD Educational Research, Lancaster University, 2018
  • Post-Graduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2007
  • Masters in Education (Research), University of Central Lancashire, 2005
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies with Politics, University of Central Lancashire, 2001
  • We Heart You Golden Rose teaching award, 2015

Modules Taught

  • EDC101 - Introduction to Education
  • ED1201 - Introduction to Education Studies
  • ED1202 - Education for Everyone?
  • ED2243 - Diversity and Inclusion in Education
  • ED3215 - The Education of Vulnerable Young People
  • The use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in Higher Education research
  • Therapeutic yoga for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Deficit notions of 'widening participation' students, and social justice in education.
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member of SEBDA (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association)