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Dr Rachel Staddon

Lecturer in Education

BSc (Hons), PGCE, MA, PhD, SFHEA

Lecturer in Education in the School of Education
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


Rachel (she/they) joined the School of Education at Durham University as a Lecturer in 2021. She is the Programme Director for the Master of Professional Practice (MProf) and convenes the undergraduate Educational Research Methods module. She teaches on modules across the BA Education Studies and BA Primary Education including: Educational Research Methods, Contemporary Issues and Evidence in Education, and supervising BA Education dissertations. Rachel also teaches on Digital Technologies and Education: Critical Perspectives for the MA Education, and supervises Masters dissertations. Rachel runs seminars in the Reflective Practitioner Conference, and is involved with the Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self-directed Study modules for the PGCE Theory.

Prior to joining the School, Rachel spent seven years leading Maths, Statistics and Chemistry modules for undergraduate foundation students in the Department for Lifelong Learning at the University of Sheffield. She also contributed to a wide range of other modules, and won awards for her work on using flipped learning to reduce students’ maths anxiety. During this time, Rachel did a part-time PhD on age differences in use and attitudes for technology and technology-enhanced learning, also at Sheffield.

Alongside her teaching in Lifelong Learning and her PhD, Rachel ran seminar groups for the Masters in Education in the School of Education at Sheffield. She contributed to modules on The Practice of Research and Critical Issues in Education and Educational Research, and supervised MA dissertations.

Rachel’s own educational journey includes an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, a PGCE in secondary science, and a Masters in Education, all from Durham University. In her spare time, she enjoys gaming and indulging in too many cups of tea.

Research interests

  • Technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogy: learning environments; assessments; flipped learning
  • Age inclusivity and mature students
  • Reducing student anxiety in science and maths
  • Constructivism
  • Mixed methods and new research methods

Esteem Indicators

  • 2021: Invited speaker at technology-enhanced learning workshop for the PGCert programme for Xi-an Jiaotong-Liverpool University:
  • 2021: Invited reviewer for Effective Management of Doctoral and Master’s Research course by Epigeum, Oxford University Press:
  • 2020: Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA):
  • 2017: Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA):
  • 2017: Students' Union Annual Academic Award: Academic Skills Award, University of Sheffield, for work done to reduce students’ maths anxiety:
  • 2017: Invited keynote speaker at E-learning Day at Macclesfield College:
  • 2017: Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching for Collaborative Activities, University of Sheffield:
  • 2015: Member of the Foundation Year Network:
  • 2000: Reviewer for various journals: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education; Journal of the Foundation Year Network; Australasian Journal of Paramedicine; Journal of the Academy of Business Education:


Conference Paper

Doctoral Thesis

Journal Article

Other (Print)

Supervision students