In the Autumn 2021 term alone, three doctoral students have successfully graduated here at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education (IoE). On behalf of the IoE’s PhD programme and EdD programme, we would like to congratulate our graduates below who, no doubt, will go on to create impact in the field of education here in the UK and abroad. Many congratulations also to their supervisors!


Dr. Andrew Wall – The New Junior Cycle: Exploring students’ perceptions and experiences of learning under educational reform using Freire’s analytical framework from a student/teacher perspective. (First supervisor: Dr. Geoff Taggart; Second Supervisor: Prof. Carol Fuller)

Dr. Areej Aljahani – A narrative study of identity and leadership development for empowerment of female academics in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (First supervisor: Dr. Karen Jones; Second Supervisor: Dr. Chris Turner)



Dr. Jill Matterface An action research project to promote a 21st-century adult learning environment in a Phase 1 military training unit. (First supervisor: Dr. Geoff Taggart; Second supervisor: Prof. Richard Harris)