Candice has extensive experience of research in a wide range of educational and community settings, examining uses of literacies in life. Her current research uses a participatory approach with disadvantaged children and young people, employing narrative, fiction and arts-based methodologies to tell stories that reflect their own perspectives. Candice is Course Leader for the Doctorate in Education and an experienced PhD supervisor. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2016.
Candice is Co-Director of the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire and conducts research with children and young people on issues that concern them. Candice has particular interests in story-making and arts-based research, as both method and outputs. Course Leader for the Doctorate in Education, Candice teaches postgraduates and supervises EdDs and PhDs relating to education; children’s and young people’s lives; stories; and literacies.
Candice has a multi-disciplinary background, with degrees in English Literature and Linguistics, and she has many years’ experience of teaching English, Creative Writing, Linguistics and Education, in Further and Higher Education. Before coming to the University of Central Lancashire in 2013, Candice worked as a Senior Researcher at Lancaster University. Her research has included national and international projects in literacy studies, education, sociology and health in a range of settings, including schools, Further Education Colleges, community groups, and universities. Candice is Co-Director of the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire which has associate members from all over the world.
Candice’s current research focuses on the experiences and perspectives of marginalised young people, and she leads collaborative research projects with colleagues from a range of disciplines and stakeholders from the community. Candice led a large AHRC-funded project ‘Stories2Connect’ (2015-2018), which was shortlisted for the AHRC-Wellcome Medal for Health Humanities Research 2018 and Winner of Educate North Research Project of the Year 2019. Candice also won an award from EPSRC in 2019 for Telling Tales of Engagement for Stories2Connect.
Candice's most recent research includes working with children and young people about their relationship with nature and the outdoors and their perspectives on the climate crisis. She has also carried out research on children’s concepts of punctuation, has worked with people who are homeless, and helped deaf young people in Indonesia to convey their stories to young deaf children. She is particularly interested in using innovative research methods, including the uses of fiction, creative writing and art, to work with disadvantaged children and young people and other marginalised groups.
- PhD Literacy Education, Manchester Metropolitan University.
- PGCE Further Education, Bolton University.
- BA (Hons) English, Lancaster University.
- Senior Fellow of Higher Education, HEA.
- UKLA/Wiley Research in Education Award, 2020
- Educate North Award for Research Project of the Year, 2019
- EPSRC Telling Tales Award, 2019
- AHRC/Wellcome Health Humanities Medal, shortlisted, 2018
- National Teaching Fellow Award, 2016
- Climate crisis – young people’s perspectives
- Landscapes and the outdoors
- Storytelling and story-making
- Arts-based methodologies
- Participatory research with children and young people
- Co-Convenor of UK Literacy Association Research Committee
- Associate Member of Lancaster Literacy Research Centre
- Member of EdD Directors Network
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts