• Professor of Further Education, Research

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Adult Education, literary and issues of social justice and education

    • 127 Citations
    • 7 h-Index

    Research output per year

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    Personal profile


    Vicky teaches on a wide range of modules, which include strong theoretical and practically based specifications, from level 5 to level 7 MA delivery. Vicky is also a supervisor for PhD study. She is passionate about feeding research into her teaching in a manner which challenges disembodied theory and in doing so demystifies theoretical applications so it makes it meaningful and accessible.

    Research interests

    Vicky’s research and teaching spans over two decades, in this time she has developed a national and International reputation for research in Adult Education and Literacy. As such, Vicky has developed considerable expertise in Adult Education and Literacy and is deeply committed to challenging inequality through critical and emancipatory approaches to education, widening participation, inclusion, community action and engaging in research with a strong social justice agenda. She has drew on a critical perspective, applying Bourdieu’s work as the theoretical framework, as well as using a range of feminist, sociology of education, literature on the ethics of care and critical literacy pedagogy, including the New Literacy Studies to explore and add to the debate on the impact of violence and trauma on learning, possibilities, resistance and transformation and its link to class, gender, ethnicity, health and literacy.

    She has advised on policy and is a member of a number of National and International networks, which includes her role as trustee of the Helena Kennedy Foundation ( and membership of the board for the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (

    Throughout her career Vicky has published widely which consists of authoring and editing books, most recently this includes: Learning Trajectories, Violence and Empowerment amongst Adult Basic Skills Learners (Routledge, 2013); Landscapes of Specific Literacies in Contemporary Society: Exploring a social model of literacy (Routledge 2014); Adult Literacy Policy and Practice: From Intrinsic Values to Instrumentalism (Palgrave 2015).

    Education/Academic qualification

    Educational Research, PhD, Lancaster University

    1 Nov 200410 Oct 2011

    MEd, Other, Manchester Metropolitan University

    11 Sep 19981 Sep 2003

    English, MA, University of Manchester

    8 Sep 199712 Nov 2001

    Postgraduate Education Diploma, Other, Manchester Metropolitan University

    3 Nov 199716 Mar 1998

    PGCert, University of Bolton

    11 Sep 19953 Jun 1996

    D32 & D33, Other

    11 Sep 19953 Jun 1996

    English, BA, Manchester Metropolitan University

    7 Sep 19925 Jun 1995

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    Research Output

    Creative, Critical and Democratic Research Dissemination Learners' Lives and Further Education.

    DUCKWORTH, VICKY. & Smith, R., 28 May 2020, Doing Critical and Creative Research in Adult Education . Boston: Brill, p. 217-228

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Leadership, Further Education and Social Justice

    DUCKWORTH, VICKY. & Smith, R., 10 Mar 2020, The Further Education Trust for Leadership. 157 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open Access
  • 35 Downloads (Pure)
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  • Further Education in England: Transforming Lives (summative report)

    DUCKWORTH, VICKY. & Smith, R., 1 Jul 2019, London: UCU. 75 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportProject report

  • 12 Downloads (Pure)


    Education and Training (Journal)



    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work


    VICKY DUCKWORTH (Keynote speaker)

    30 Jun 20172 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Contributed research to the programme Festival of Social Science

    VICKY DUCKWORTH (Participant)


    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Chartered College of Teaching

    VICKY DUCKWORTH (Participant)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    FE: Transforming Lives and Communities

    VICKY DUCKWORTH (Keynote speaker)

    8 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching

    DUCKWORTH, VICKY (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Honorary award

    Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching

    DUCKWORTH, VICKY (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Honorary award

    International Professional

    DUCKWORTH, VICKY (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Outstanding Paper

    DUCKWORTH, VICKY (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Honorary award