Emma Rogers and Tracey Kilcoyne, Senior Lecturers in the School of Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), successfully submitted their abstracts to the Cathedral Group’s annual doctoral conference at Liverpool Hope University, and presented their research progress to fellow Doctoral students.

Emma Rogers explored the reading identities of student teachers in her presentation entitled 'Investigating the lived experiences of student teachers' as readers and the shifting identify of student teachers who teach reading' and how a teacher’s ability to inspire young readers is bound to the teacher’s identity as a reader and knowledge of children’s authors.

Tracey Kilcoyne's presentation entitled 'Exploring Nurture Groups through staff voice' explored the apparent influences on the presentation of Nurture Groups through the voice of Nurture Group staff. Utilising an exploratory mixed methods framework to identify the extent of this variance, combined with an interpretive phenomenological approach to explore the views of the respective Nurture Group staff, it aimed to create a greater understanding of Nurture Groups and their operation.

Following the conference Tracey described her excitement at the impact of the event on her current and future work:

“The conference provided an opportunity to share our work and review the progress so far, along with an opportunity to meet others at different stages on their doctoral journey. It was great to be able to experience presentations covering such a diverse range of disciplines and I’m excited by the potential future collaborations that may come from the networking we able to do”

Our academics and students are regularly invited to present at conferences around the world, you can follow all their travels on our news page and find out how you can start your own adventures on our course pages.


4th July 2019

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