Christina Donovan

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Christina is openly a bit lefty, a bit liberal and a bit afraid of her own stereotype, being both a somewhat radical educationalist and a wellbeing campaigner for Friends of the Earth, she is interested in all aspects of social and environmental equality. Before embarking upon her academic career, Christina worked in a number of roles in Further Education from learning support, mentoring vulnerable students, safeguarding and student voice, establishing the first ever Students’ Union at Wigan & Leigh College. She is driven to empower students to believe in their own capacity create change, which is fuelled by her belief in the innate potential of people, and informed by her experience working and volunteering in the community.

She is currently a PhD Student in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University and is primarily interested in social equality, well-being, social trust, relationships, inclusive practice, the language of performativity, democratic education, autonomy and student voice.

Her Masters research entitled “Students ‘at risk’? Exploring the language of retention and dropout in a North West Further Education College” is a study of how the language of neo-liberal education policy effects the way staff at all levels of an institution may perceive students who present challenges and what the implications of this are for communication and practice.