Dr. Joanne Doherty

Senior Lecturer in Education

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Media Factory, ME417

+44 (0) 1772 89 3096


Subject Areas: Education

Joanne is a Senior Lecturer in Education and currently course leader for the MA Educational Leadership (Cyprus). She also contributes to the BA Education and Professional Studies course and leads modules in the areas of Learning, Curriculum and Assessment, Families, Schools and Society as well as being module leader for Education Dissertations. Joanne supervises undergraduate, MA and doctoral students. Her main research interests lie in the area of student experience and identity.

Joanne is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Full Profile

Joanne was awarded an ESRC Studentship in 2001 to study for a PhD in Education at the University of East Anglia, under the supervision of Professor Ivor Goodson. Prior to this she studied at the University of Manchester, where she obtained her MSc in Educational Research, and the University of Central Lancashire where she read Education Studies and Social Policy. After working at the University of Manchester as a Research Associate she was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Education at UCLan in 2003.


  • PhD Education, University of East Anglia, 2001
  • MSc Educational Research, University of Manchester, 1997
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies with Social Policy (First Class), University of Central Lancashire, 1996


Doherty, J., Doherty P., Barrow, C. & Doyle, M. (2011) Aimhigher Lancashire: an Evaluation of Partnership Working. A report to Aimhigher Lancashire (Preston: University of Central Lancashire

Newholm, T., Keeling, K, McGoldrick, P., Macaulay, L. and Doherty, J. (2008) ‘Digital divide and the theory of optimal slack’, New Media and Society, 10 (2) pp. 295-319

Gough, S. & Doherty, J. (2007) ‘Emergency On-Call duty preparation and education for newly qualified physiotherapists: A national survey’, Physiotherapy 93, pp. 37-44

Doherty, J. with Richardson-Foster, H., Atkinson, H. & Doherty, P. (2007) Individuals, Influencers and Aimhigher. Report to Aimhigher Greater Merseyside available at: http://www.ahgtm.ac.uk/?page_id=986


Current projects:

  • an evaluation of an intervention to reduce the risks of women in the criminal justice system reoffending (for Lancashire Women’s Centres)
  • a study of the experiences of BME students and staff at UCLan

Previous projects have included:

  • an evaluation of a Befriending Service initiative on behalf of Lancashire County Council
  • a study of parental involvement in a secondary school
  • a study of student experience and identity
  • a study of factors affecting achievement in a full service extended community primary school;
  • an evaluation of the impact of a pupil attendance project in a Manchester secondary school
  • an evaluation of the impact of a crime reduction programme in Manchester primary schools
  • a study on behalf of Aimhigher Greater Merseyside into young people’s decision making


  • Course leader for the MA Education Leadership (Cyprus Campus).
  • Leading and delivering modules (levels 3-6) on the BA Education and Professional Studies course.
  • Liaising with Partner colleges delivering the BA Education and Professional Studies course.
  • Contributing towards the MA Education (Research).
  • Supervision of BA Education and Professional Studies and MA Education (Research) dissertations; supervision of Doctoral students.

External Roles

  • Parent Governor for Hebden Bridge Infant Schools Federation (Chair of the Standards and Effectiveness Committee)
  • Co-opted Member on the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel for Calderdale Council


My main research interests and expertise lie within the following areas:

  • the relationship between ‘non-traditional’ students’ biographies and their experiences of higher education (the focus of my PhD Thesis);
  • learner identity; the higher education choice process;
  • parental involvement and engagement in their children’s education;
  • qualitative research methodologies (especially life history and biographical approaches).



  • Doherty, J. & Adia, E. (2014) ‘Gender and Attainment at UCLan’, Paper presented to UCLan Diversity Conference 2014, Preston, 28th November
  • Doherty, J. (2010) ‘Continuity or Transcendence?: The construction of student identities through participation in higher education’, Paper presented to Society for Research in Higher Education Annual Research Conference, Newport, 12th December
    Doherty, J. and Richardson-Foster, H. (2007) ‘Individuals, Influencers and Aimhigher’. Paper presented to Aimhigher Greater Merseyside, Research Update, Liverpool, 27th April
  • Doherty, J. and McAllister, A (2006) ‘Education Studies? Would you like cheese with that?’ Paper presented to the British Education Studies Association annual conference, Bishops Grosseteste College, Lincoln, 1st July