Dr Lucy Atkins

Job: Research Assistant

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7809

E: lucy.atkins@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Lucy Atkins is the Research Assistant for the Freedom to Achieve project. She is designing and implementing the evaluation strand of the project, which is working to address the difference in attainment between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and White students in UK Higher Education.

Prior to joining the Freedom to Achieve team, Lucy completed her PhD in Education and Technology here at DMU, under the Institute for Education Futures. Her thesis explored teachers’ digital literacy development, through a grounded-theory investigation.

Lucy reflects on her PhD experience and research career on her personal website. 

Research group affiliations

Institute for Education Futures 

Publications and outputs

Hall, R., Atkins, L. and Fraser, J. (2014) Defining a self-evaluation digital literacy framework for secondary educators: the DigiLit Leicester project. Research in Learning Technology, vol.22: 21440

The DigiLit Leicester Project

Research interests/expertise

Digital Literacy

Grounded Theory Methodology

Open Education

Gamification and Games-based Learning

Teachers' Professional Development


PhD – Education and Technology (De Montfort University)

MA – Learning, Technology and Education: Distinction (University of Nottingham)

BA (Hons.) – Dance and Education Studies Joint Honours: First Class (De Montfort University)

Courses taught

Technology Enhanced Learning (MA Education Practice)

Honours and awards

ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award (2014) The DigiLit Leicester Project Team were identified as runners up in the Team Award category.

Reclaim Open Learning – Innovation Contest (2013) The DigiLit Leicester Project was recognised as representative of one of the best examples of open innovation in education globally by the MacArthur Foundation, the Digital Media and Learning Hub, and MIT Media Lab.

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