The Institutions

Manchester Metropolitan University

The fifth-largest university in the United Kingdom by enrolment.

The history

Producing the highest quality

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is the fifth-largest university in the United Kingdom by enrolment. It has more than 37,000 students and employs over 5000 people. The Education and Social Research Institute within MMU is one of the leading UK centres for applied educational research and evaluation, and a thriving research community. The Institute is committed to producing the highest quality, theoretically-informed empirical research, coupled with innovative methodologies in social research. We have a strong record for successful project delivery and for collaborative work with communities. We have an outstanding and varied portfolio of research grants and publications and are committed to offering a broad range of professional practice programmes that involve young people, academics, practitioners and communities in schools, informal education contexts and community support services.

The Faculty

The quality of its professors and research groups

The Faculty’s Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is one of the leading UK centres for applied educational research and evaluation with a thriving research community. The team at the Faculty of Education have extensive experience of project management and successful delivery in a variety of contexts. The Faculty has an extensive portfolio of grants and publications and are committed to offering a broad range of research enriched professional programmes.


What are the experience of the organisation?

The Faculty’s Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is committed to research enriched professional practice and aims to offer the best and most innovative approaches to research based professionalism across a growing range of professional areas. Teaching within the Faculty is closely informed by research. As a university, MMU main activities are teaching, research and knowledge exchange. We are one of the leading providers for teacher education in the UK and we have a strong emphasis on vocational education and employability.

Key persons

What are the members skills?

─ Dr. Archana Hinduja ─

Senior Lecturer (Primary and Erasmus Lead). She began her professional career as a lecturer of German and CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) after leaving Manchester University with a PhD in CALL and Second Language Acquisition. She worked at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada as an Assistant Professor in German from 1998-2004, after which She move back to the UK to complete a PGCE degree in Modern Languages (German and French). After working in a secondary school as an MFL teacher, I joined MMU initially working as part of the Promethean Centre. In 2008 I then started as a Senior Lecturer in Education Students teaching on the BA Programme for Primary Education.

─ Dr. Samantha Wilkinson ─

She is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth studies, teaching across Early Years and Childhood Studies, and Education Studies, and across a variety of levels, from Foundation Year to Masters. She previously lectured in Human Geography for two years, again at MMU, with an interest in children and young people’s geographies. Prior to this, I conducted a post doctorate at The University of Nottingham, into home care for people with dementia. I studies at The University of Manchester for seven years prior to this, for my BA (Hons) Human Geography; MSc in Environmental Governance; and PhD in Human Geography.

─ Dr. Julie Scanlon ─

A Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Education. Her current role is in International education, leading on initiatives for the School of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies. In addition to working internationally, Julie has extensive experience of teaching primary English to students on undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher training programmes.

Julie’s research interests are literacy focused. She is particularly interested in the relationship between children’s literacy practices and their identity formation. This was the subject of her PhD research, which involved gathering data both in home and school settings. She has presented in this area at a number of international and national conferences. She is also published in the area of primary language and literacy. She is a peer reviewer for the educational journal ‘Education 3-13 – International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education’. She currently teaches on the Masters in Education suite of programmes and supervises dissertation students at both Masters and Doctoral level.


The Activities

The Reading Toolkits

Starting from the results gained by comparative survey and taking intoaccount what defined within the Pedagogical Framework.