Dr Alison Black
Senior Lecturer in Education


Alison is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, working on a range of programmes the school offers.

Alison has worked in both the University of Exeter and Plymouth University on a range of research projects as well as lecturing on a variety of modules.  Alison gained her PhD here at Exeter in 2012, the title: Future secondary schools for diversity : where are we now and where could we be?'  She analysed government statistics to reveal an unexplored phenomenon (over-representation of secondary aged students in special schools in England).  In addition she developed, carried out and analysed semi-structured interviews and an on-line survey instrument, involving open-ended questions and rating scales.  This led to the creation and development of a scenario describing a school of the future (futures studies methodologies), which were subject to the scrutiny of educational experts in number of focus groups, which were used to evaluate and develop the scenario further.

She graduated from Edge Hill University College with Qualified Teacher Status in 2001,and has taught as a year 4 teacher in primary school (with experience as a Science coordinator). She then took up position as Year 7 teacher (and year 9 science teacher) in a new secondary school, gaining promotion to head of year seven.  Since leaving full time positions to undertake post-graduate study have worked as a supply teacher, and most recently was appointed as Deputy Centre Manager in an extended schools project.



Doctor of Philosophy, Inclusive Education, University of Exeter, October 2009 – March 2013 (degree awarded May 2013)

Masters in Education, Special Educational Needs, University of Exeter, Sept 2008 - October 2009

BSc (Hons) in Natural and Applied Science and Primary Education with QTS, Edge Hill University College, Sept 1997 - June 2001

Associate of Higher Education Academy, Learning to Teach in Higher Education (LTHE Stage 1&2), University of Exeter with Higher Education Academy, September 2010-May 2011

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Contact details

Internal tel4938
Tel+44 (0) 1392 724938
AddressNorth Cloisters
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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