Before joining MMU, I enjoyed a career spanning 7 years working in Further Education sector; specialising in areas including learning support, pastoral care and student voice. I am a passionate advocate for social justice, and the transformational power of adult and community education as a driver for change. I am interested in all aspects of social justice and environmental equality, and spend a lot of my spare time volunteering in the local community.
I will teach you with respect for what you have to teach me. There is always more than one expert in the room.
PhD Educational Research - Edge Hill University (ongoing)
The Construction of Interpersonal and Organisational Trust: The Case of General Further & Adult Education
MA Eduational Research - University of Central Lancashire (2014)
BA (Joint Hons) Education Studies, Counselling & Pyschotherapy Studies - University of Central Lancashire (2011)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Edge Hill University (2015 - 2018)
Students' Union Coordinator, Wigan and Leigh College (2013 - 2015)
Italian and Spanish (Conversational)
Interpersonal and Organisational Trust
Narrative research methods and storytelling
C. Donovan, M. Erskine-Shaw (2019). ‘Maybe I can do this. Maybe I should be here’: Evaluating an academic literacy, resilience and confidence programme. Journal of Further and Higher Education.
C. Donovan (2018). 'Risky Business'? On Perceptions of Risk and Vulnerability in Further Education. PRISM: Casting New Light on Learning, Theory and Practice. 2(1), pp.65-81.
C. Donovan Distrust by Design? Conceptualising the role of Trust and Distrust in the development of Further Education Policy and Practice in England. Research in Post-Compulsory Education.
A Little Help From My Friends: Trust in the moral community and its implications for institutional
practice. Reimagine FE Conference 2019, Birmingham City University
Cutting Edge Postgraduate Research Conference 2016, Edge Hill University (Co-Organiser)
Reviewer for PRISM Journal
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy