My first degree was a BA Hons degree in English and a Foreign Language from Salford University. I then completed a RSA Diploma in Teaching Languages to Adults at St Johns College, Manchester. I completed my MA in Teaching and my PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I began my teaching career in Community and Adult Education in Manchester where I taught French and ESOL part-time. I have worked in FE as a Language and Study Skills lecturer on a Black Access Course. I later worked as a Development Officer on a HEFCE funded Widening Participation Project in the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Birmingham. I joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002.
Award Coordinator: MA Education Studies
How a reputation is established within an educational establishment; Academically Successful African Caribbean Heritage students, Learning Identities and the Cultural Assets Mediating Learning; The role of reflective practice in educating about race, identity and difference; Discourses of Britishness, Race and Difference: Minority Ethnic Students' Shifting Perceptions of Their School Experience
Research interests include social justice, race and ethnicity within education and critical race theory.
L. Roberts (2013). Becoming a Black Researcher. International Review of Qualitative Research. 6(3), pp.337-359.
L. Roberts, J. Schostak (2012). Obama and the ‘Arab Spring’: desire, hope and the manufacture of disappointment. Implications for a transformative pedagogy. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 33(3), pp.377-396.
(2013) ‘The bogeyman stalking Initial Teacher Education: Race, (hyper) visibility/invisibility in The imaginary post‐racial era?’ (with Christine Callender, IOE) Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh - Racism and Anti-racism Through Education and Community Practice: An International Exchange.
(2013) Critical Race Theory as a space of Interdisciplinarity Consortium of Applied Research and Professional Education conference (CARPE) MMU
(2012) International Colloquium on the Black Male Educational Pipeline: University of Leeds participated in panel presentation(2007) 'Guess whose coming to Bera: has Critical Race Theory arrived in UK Educational Research?' BERA keynote symposium, Institute of Education, London
(2007) 'What Lies Beneath?: Working the Gaps and Silences' Paper presented at the Symposium 'Making Meaning From Silence', American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 9 - 13 April, Chicago
(2007) 'Listening to the voices of Black and minority ethnic teachers and students: lessons for a quality education for all.' Paper presented at the panel 'Recruiting and Retaining High Quality Teachers in Urban Environments': Division K - Teaching and Teacher Education, American Educational Research
Association Annual Conference, 9 - 13 April, Chicago
(2007) Critical Race Praxis in the K-12 Classroom. Presentation at the From Theory to Praxis: First Annual Critical Race Theory and Education Conference, 14 April, College of Education, University of Illinois-Chicago
(2007) Troubling notions of evidence and voice: the absent presence within interview encounters. Paper presented at the Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 2-5 May, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(2006) 'Colour is not an issue today ...: Dilemmas researching the experience of Black and minority ethnic trainee teachers in the UK context' Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (May 4-6)
(2006) 'Evolving professional identity: meeting the challenges of diversity and urban education' Division K - Teaching and Teacher Education, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 7-11 April, San Francisco
(2005) 'Racialized Identities: The experiences of minority ethnic trainee teachers' Council of Europe & European Commission Youth Research Partnership, Budapest Oct 31-Nov 2
(2005) 'Becoming a Black Researcher: reflections on racialised identity and knowledge production.' ICARE, ESRI, MMU (September 13-14)
(2005)'Oh my Soul it's taking me away...' The role of emotions in teacher development and research. BERA, University of Glamorgan, (September 15-17)
(2005) "Rendering the invisible visible and the visible invisible: living the contradictions between 'formal equality' discourses and lived experiences of 'informal inequality'": First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (May 5-7)
(2005) ESRC TLRP Research Seminar 'Racialized Identities in Initial Teacher Training' Kings College, 15 March
(2004) Discourse Power Resistance (Plymouth, April) '"Are you just helping?" The Perceptions and Experiences of Minority Ethnic Trainees'
(2004) Bera 'Did they Jump or were they Pushed: Reasons Why Trainees Leave Initial Teacher Training.'
(2002) Bera 'It's like Black People are Still Aliens: Retention of Minority Ethnic Student Teachers.'
(2000) Bera 'Rites of Passage in Initial Teacher Training, Ritual Performance and the Numeracy Skills Test.'
2010-2011 Co-director Promoting cohesion, challenging expectations: educating the teachers of tomorrow for race equality and diversity in 21st century schools £15,000 Higher Education Academy (Escalate)
2010 Co-directorYouth and Community Impacts of the Birley Fields local regeneration project, year 1, £25,000 MMU
2009 Co-director Evaluation of External Partnership £5000, Bolton Education Authority
2005 -2006 Inside Exclusion: learning partnerships outside mainstream education in partnership with Jo Frankham £29,988, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (via Manchester University)
2003-2004 Evaluation of Wythenshawe Education Action Zone £9,000, Manchester LEA
2003-2004 Evaluation of Primary Graduate School Wythenshawe Education Action Zone £10,000
2003-2004 Evaluation of EAZ Excellence in Cities £4,200, Manchester LEA