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Dr. Julia Everitt is a Research Assistant in the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE). She has worked in education for 19 years in roles within Further Education, Schools, Higher Education (HE) and her own social enterprise. During this time she qualified as an FE Lecturer, was a Community Learning Manager (Colleges/Schools) and then moved into HE Research in 2014.
Julia is interested in education to community partnerships, which stems from her background in Further Education and Schools working on policies including Train to Gain, Essential Skills and Extended Schools which included teaching in a range of settings.
Her research from her MA in Education (2012) and Doctorate in Education (EdD) 2018 were both interested in education to community partnerships and how these are played out in practice in schools, which schools/professional roles are involved interact and how they are working together to tackle educational disadvantage.
Julia published a paper from her doctoral research which explored the implications of policies which invite external agencies into schools. A further paper (under review) looks at how these partnerships are co-ordinated and the realities of undertaking these partnerships from the experiences of school staff and a range of professionals.
She has worked as a Research Assistant, Research Associate and Researcher (alongside her doctoral studies) since 2014. Prior to joining BCU in 2019, Julia worked at the University of Warwick, Staffordshire University and the University of Derby.
During this time Julia worked on numerous applied research projects including randomized controlled trials, evaluations and research consultancy. Projects were funded by NiHR, Department for Education, The Edge Foundation, the Gatsby Foundation, the Office for Students, the Careers & Enterprise Company, the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), the Education and Training Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Julia has worked on research that explored career guidance, wider agency involvement in education, technical education work placements, teaching pedagogies, graduate futures, widening participation support, social networks, professional development networks, study support, art-based literacy and helped organisations develop a theory of change for educational programmes. She had undertaken numerous critical literature reviews including support for children from military families.
She has co-authored a book, book chapters, book reviews a range of educational reports and presented research papers at several international conferences.
Julia is interested in creative research methods and is a co-convener of the Visual Sociology Study Group for the British Sociological Association. She is also interested in research supervision and a current project is exploring how expectations between supervisors and students are arranged during the doctoral journey.