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Dr Kelly Wakefield BSc, MA, PhD

Senior Research Assistant

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Dr Kelly Wakefield is Senior Research Assistant within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.


Career history

Kelly obtained her undergraduate degree in Geography and American Studies from the University of Central Lancashire in 2003. After working for North East Lincolnshire Council and the Drug Intervention Programme, she graduated with an MA in Landscape and Culture from the University of Nottingham in 2005. After a two-year Research Assistant position at the University of Chester which focussed on the student experience of audio feedback, transition to university and digital stories, Kelly obtained her PhD at Loughborough University in 2012.



Research interests

Kelly’s interests lie in higher education research, both the student and academic experience. I have managed and been involved in research projects that used innovative qualitative data collection techniques such as ‘Diary Room’ interviewing, the use of podcasted feedback, digital stories and the utility of online social networking for the transition to undergraduate study.

Kelly’s PhD research focussed on transnational academic networking for learning and teaching and the role that technology played within the motivations, experiences and outcomes of participation in networks. Using an online survey and interviews Kelly explored the role that technology played in academic mobility for pedagogic interests.

Kelly is currently working on three research projects connected through the concepts of student experience and student engagement.

Flexible Education and Curriculum Innovation: students’ experiences
Working with students as co-researchers: international postgraduate student’s experiences of verbal feedback
Forms of student engagement: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course)

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Higher Education Research Group

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