London Metropolitan University Research Institutes
 

Gill O'Toole


Senior Research Fellow

I am a senior research fellow in the Institute of Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University specialising in research into inequalities and social justice in education.  Prior to working for IPSE, I worked as a research and development manager for the Learning and Skills Network (formerly the Learning and Skills Development Agency) where I gained extensive experience of conducting policy research for a range of clients in FE, HE and school settings. My research expertise is in relation to different inequalities in accessing and participating in education and training settings, with a particular focus on disability. I have also led on supporting action research methodologies for national learning provider support programmes to implement disability legislation in the further education sector.  

Recent projects include: the Evaluation of the supported internship trial for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 16-25 (Department for Education); Refugees and asylum seekers in post 16 education (Nuffield Foundation, in partnership with the Refugee Council, 2011-12), Moving towards the Equality Act 2010: Evaluation of the impact of Disability Equality Schemes in England (Equality Challenge Unit, 2010) and Barriers to career progression: the experience of black and minority ethnic staff in further education (Lifelong Learning UK, 2010).

Prior to joining LSN, I worked as a researcher at Lancaster University on several projects including the Evaluation of early excellence centres, part of the government’s strategy for reducing social exclusion, improving health and addressing child poverty and the Evaluation of healthy living centres, part of a range of initiatives designed to underpin the government’s health inequalities agenda (DfES).  

I teach on the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme in IPSE.


Research interests include:

•  Inequalities in access and participation in education, particularly post-compulsory education

•  Theory and research in implementing the social model of disability

•  Feminist and emancipatory research methodologies and theory

Qualifications

•    PhD Educational Research (ESRC scholarship, Lancaster University); Thesis: Lifelong   learning, empty rhetoric or reality? Mature students’ access to HE
•    MA (Distinction) Women’s Studies and Education (ESRC scholarship, Lancaster University); Thesis: Education…An escape route from domestic life and second-class citizenship into the public sphere? The hopes and aspirations of mature women students
•    BA (Hons) Sociology, Lancaster University
•    Cert HE in Social Studies, Ruskin College, Oxford

Research Projects

  • Arts Award Longitudinal Impact Study
  • Evaluation of the trial for supported internships for disabled young people aged 16-25 years (Department for Education, 2012-2013)
  • Refugees and asylum seekers in post 16 education (Nuffield Foundation, in partnership with the Refugee Council, 2011-12)
  • Evaluation of subject knowledge enhancement courses for trainee teachers (Department for Education, 2012-13)
  • Strategic review of 16-19 provision in West Swansea (City & County of Swansea, 2012)
  • Developing collaborative provision models between independent specialist providers in the South East and local providers in East Sussex (East Sussex CC, 2011)
  • Strategic review of post-16 provision for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in Buckinghamshire (Bucks CC, 2011)
  • Barriers to progression for black and minority ethnic staff in further education (2010, Lifelong Learning UK)
  • Review of the special educational needs block grant for local authorities and additional learning support in sixth forms (Learning and Skills Council, 2010)
  • Moving towards the Equality Act 2010: Evaluation of the impact of Disability Equality Schemes in England (Equality Challenge Unit, 2010)
  • Review of evidence needs for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Single Equality Scheme (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2010)
  • Sensory access in higher education (Equality Challenge Unit, 2009)
  • The role of minority ethnic support staff in schools (Teacher Development Agency, 2009) 
  • Engaging all young people in meaningful learning after 16: a review (Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2009)
  • LSC South East Single Equality Scheme provider support programme (LSC South East region, 2009-10)
  • LSC’s Single Equality Scheme provider national support programme (jointly with NIACE) (LSC, 2008-09)
  • LSC South West Single Equality Scheme provider support programme (LSC, South West region, 2008-09)
  • DDA guidance for the post 16 sector (Disability Rights Commission, 200?) Understanding the Disability Discrimination Act: a guide for colleges, universities and adult community learning providers in Great Britain (DRC, 2008)
  • Strategic review of provision for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities Stockport and Tameside (LSC, 2008)
  • Disability Equality Duty provider national support programme (LSC, 2006-08)
  • Strategic review of provision for learners with learning disabilities and/or learning difficulties in the South West region (2007)
  • Strategic review of provision for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in St Helens for Merseyside LSC (2006) 
  • Work Based Learning DDA project including the making and production of Proper Hard Work DVD (LSC, 2007)  
  • Learners’ Aspirations of learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LSC, 2007)
  • Personalised learning in the post 16 sector: a preliminary investigation (LSDA, 2006)
  • Disability Discrimination Act (DDA): taking the work forward phase 1 & 2 research and development national programme including production of Learners' Experiences DVD.  (LSC, 2004-06)

Publications

 

Contact

E-mail: g.otoole@londonmet.ac.uk

Tel: 0207 133 2620






 

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