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Dr Lucy Currie

Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

HLS_Northumbria -University -Staff _Lucy -CurrieI started my career in Education as Secondary School Teacher specialising in Geography and Literature in English. After 14 years of various teaching and leadership roles in Zimbabwe and Botswana I moved to the UK where I completed a Masters Qualification and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCTLHE) with the Open University.

After 4 years running the BA(Hons) Special Education Studies degree for Essex University in collaboration with South East Essex College in Southend –on –Sea I joined Northumbria University in October 2007. Here I embraced the challenge of accredited work based learning which culminated in a professional doctoral study into Early Years Practitioners’ conceptions of accredited work based learning.

I am currently Programme Lead for the Education route of the Professional Practice Awards and the MA SEN and Inclusion.

Campus Address

M002 Manor House. Coach lane Campus West

0191 215 6753


  • Nursing PhD February 25 2016
  • Education PGCLTHE March 15 2006
  • Education MEd September 01 2003
  • BEd (Hons) August 19 1991
  • English Literature CertEd December 03 1986
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Conceptions of Learning/Developmental phenomenography
  • Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • High quality teaching
  • Work Based Learning and Early Years practice

Professional Activity

  • International Communities of Practice:-  Impact of  Work  Based  Learning for Early Years Practice- Case studies of practice in Norway and England
  • How to achieve High Quality Teaching methods in Chaoyang District, Beijing.
  • Accountability Structures and their  impact on Quality Education in Zimbabwe
  • Variation in Early Years Practitioners’ conceptions of University Work Based Learning
  • Inclusive practice in Kenya and Uganda

Current/Recent Projects

Professional development programme for teachers in Chaoyang District, Beijing.

ESRC proposal submitted to research: Accountability Structures, relationships and dynamics: Enablers or hindrances to quality education in Zimbabwe?

Variation in Conceptions of University Work based Learning: An Early Years Practitioners’ Perspective.

KMET (Kisumu Medical and Education Trust)  Education and Youth/Adolescent Empowerment.

Kisumu-Kenya project for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2020: DFID 2009, 2010. Volunteering as a Diaspora Development Associate (DDA) with teachers in Kisumu and Kampala on projects for self –sustained inclusive practice.

Some work also done with KMET (Kisumu Medical and Education Trust) on Education and

Youth/Adolescent Empowerment.

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • DFID(Department for International Development)
  • ACDF (African Community Development Foundation)
  • VSO (Voluntary Services Organisation)
  • Beijing Institute of Education Chaoyang Branch
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)
  • National University for Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Key Publications

Doctoral thesis: Variation in Conceptions of University Work based Learning: An Early Years Practitioners’ Perspective.


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