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Dr Gisela Oliveira

Job: Lecturer in Education Studies

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6578




Personal profile

I joined the education team at DMU in October 2018. Previously, I was a researcher in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, working on the project “Narnian Virtues: A Character Education English Curriculum”, funded by £1.1M from the John Templeton Foundation.

In 2017, I completed my PhD on “Transfer of Learning between Higher Education and the Workplace” also at the University of Leeds, and prior to that I completed a Master by research at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In Portugal, I worked as a research assistant, an education technician, a project manager and as a training coordinator. All of these roles allowed me to explore different areas of adult education, leading me to a desire to work in higher education and explore issues around transfer of learning and the transition between university and the workplace.  

Research group affiliations

Institute for Research in Criminology and Community and Social Justice

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

My research focuses broadly in the area of teaching and learning in higher education and, more specifically, on transfer of learning in the transition between university and the workplace.

I am interested in students’ experiences of work-placements and internships while at university, and how these experiences may enable them to develop a “professional identity”. I am also interested in the development and exploration of qualitative research methods to investigate the transition between university and work.  

Areas of teaching

Thinking and Learning in Higher Education
Preparing for Professional Practice
Global Comparative Education


PhD in Education, University of Leeds
MA in Training Management and Educational Administration, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
BA (Licenciatura) in Education Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal)

Honours and awards

School of Education Scholarship, University of Leeds (2012-2015).
Full Scholarship, FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (2015 - 2017)

Membership of professional associations and societies

BAICE - British Association for International & Comparative Education
EERA Emerging Researchers' Group

Professional licences and certificates

Fellow, The Higher Education Academy
Certificate of Pedagogic Competences, IEFP - Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional