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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 2006 2019

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education.

Atkins, L., Duckworth, V. & Nind, M. (ed.), 21 Feb 2019, London: Bloomsbury. 304 p. (Bloomsbury Research Methods for Education)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

social justice
research method
1 Citation (Scopus)

Transformative and emancipatory literacy to empower

Duckworth, V. & Tett, L., 26 Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Lifelong Learning.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

symbolic violence
knowledge economy
further education

Uncovering students’ powerful persistent passion: Implications for policy and practice in widening access and success in healthcare education

Thomas, L., Duckworth, V., Lander, V., Allan, D., Rodriguez-Cuadrado, S., Heaslip, V. & Board, M., 7 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

health service
health care

Adult Literacy: Further Education as a space for resistance.

Duckworth, V. & Smith, R., 9 Jan 2018, In : RaPAL. 93, p. 9-17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
further education
family member
research project

A tale of Two Adult Educators

Carrie, J. & Duckworth, V., Oct 2018, Leaps of Faith: Stories from working Class Scholars. Benoit, A. C., Olson, J. S. & Johnson, C. (eds.). Information Age Publishing, (Adult Learning in Professional, Organizational and Community Settings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

adult educator
working class

Activities 2008 2018

Education and Training (Journal)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

FE: Transforming Lives and Communities

VICKY DUCKWORTH (Keynote speaker)
8 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

UCU Cradle to Grave Conference (Event)

12 Feb 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of group/panel

Transforming lives: are we making the most of the UK’s further education system?

VICKY DUCKWORTH (Invited speaker)
2 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Invited Presentation

VICKY DUCKWORTH (Invited speaker)
14 Dec 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching

VICKY DUCKWORTH (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Honorary award

Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching

VICKY DUCKWORTH (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Honorary award

International Professional

VICKY DUCKWORTH (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Honorary award

Adult Education

Outstanding Paper

VICKY DUCKWORTH (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Honorary award


‘The perfect racism’: Young citizens’ perspectives on the promotion of ‘fundamental British values’

Author: YILDIZ, U., 9 Aug 2019

Supervisor: DUCKWORTH, V. (Director of Studies) & FARRELL, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis