Professor Sheila Riddell

Chair in Inclusion and Diversity/Director of CREID

  • Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Education, Community and Society (ECS)
  • Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity

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Moray House School of Education and Sport, SLH

University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus)
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Sheila Riddell is Director of the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh. She previously worked as Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in the broad field of equality and social inclusion, with particular reference to gender, social class and disability in the fields of education, training, employment and social care. Sheila is currently working on projects investigating higher education, lifelong learning policy, and special and inclusive education across Europe.

Centre for Research in Education Inclusdion & Diversity (CREID) website

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Current PhD students supervised

  • Enid Quesada Alfaro Project title: PhD: Policy transfer in higher education: the case of quality assurance mechanisms in Costa Rica
  • Lucy Hunter Blackburn Project title: PhD: The Social Distribution of Student Debt in Scotland and the Rest of the UK
  • Sarah Minty Project title: PhD: Young people’s higher education decisions in Scotland: the influence of social class and family attitudes to higher education costs

Past PhD students supervised

  • Ania Byerly
    • Project title: PhD: Scottish primary school teacher perspectives on multicultural and anti-racist education
  • Jessica Pei Wen Chong
    • Project title: PhD: Discourses, Decisions, Designs: an international comparative analysis of “special” educational policymaking
  •   Chia-Wen Chang
    • Project title: PhD: Head teachers’ views on the inclusion of students with special educational needs in Taiwan
  • Katherine Friend
    • Project title: PhD: Assessing the intersections of masculinity, social class, and underrepresented student transition during the first year of university at three peer institutions: Edinburgh, Scotland; Durham, England; Madison, Wisconsin
  • Kilines Gwajima
    • Gender representations in English literature texts in Tanzanian secondary schools
  • Evgenia Karampesini
    • The Economic Crisis and Inclusive Education In Greece
  • Kristina Konstantoni
    • Young children’ views of ethnic diversity in Scotland
  • Richard Purves
    • The role of Scotland’s colleges: Balancing economic and social objectives
  • Kevin Wright  
    • Classroom assistants in Scottish schools: Discourses of love and work
  • Jian Zhu
    • Gender differences in the employment expectations of final year undergraduates in a university in Central China

Research summary

  • widening access to higher education
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Equality and human rights
  • Lifelong learning
  • Additional support needs

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Research activities

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Details of other projects on CREID's website

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