Rachel is an Associate Professor in Education. Rachel supervises PhD and MA students’ dissertations, recently covering areas of creativity, children’s aspirations, gender stereotypes, professional identity, communities of practice, learning journeys, transitions and learning to work.
Rachel has a background in the arts and education. Her MA explored the use of drama interactions to develop organisational trust and her PhD investigated creative education and creative work. She has worked as a lecturer, teacher, teacher trainer and independent consultant in education from primary to university level. She has also worked in management consultancy as a facilitator working with professional actors within creative business leadership training.
She has managed research projects, published drama resources for schools, guest blogged about creative degrees for The Guardian, and regularly contributes to national and international conferences, papers and events.
Rachel researches in creativity and the creative transdisciplinary themes between the arts, education and business. She is currently interested in the transitions between and through play, education, compulsory and non-compulsory, to work.