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 (2019). 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. 24(2-3), pp.185-207.
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.
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