In the Summer 2022 term alone, five doctoral students have successfully graduated 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. Jiayi Zhao – Mid-career academic women in higher education in China: Barriers and strategies (Supervisors: Dr. Karen Jones)

Dr. Meliha Sakin – Leadership practice in centralised systems: Accountability, school culture and continuing professional development. (Supervisors: Dr. Karen Jones and Professor Alan Floyd)

Dr. Nora Abdullah AljbreenFemale academic leaders and their role in quality departments at Saudi universities. (Supervisors: Professor Carol Fuller and Dr. Maria Kambouri)



Dr. Clare McCullagh – A kind of currency or just a quiet pride? Exploring career journeys, academic prestige and impact of senior teaching fellowships for women in HE. (Supervisors: Dr. Karen Jones and Dr. Catherine Foley)

Dr. Deborah Hickman – A grounded theory study of secondary pupils’ and teachers’ perceptions and conceptualisations of reading and reader identity, and the influence of policy and place. (Supervisors: Professor Naomi Flynn and Dr. Rachel Roberts)