Alison Riley
Academic Coordinator for Early Childhood Studies
School of Social Sciences

Academic Coordinator for Early Childhood Studies

Alison Riley coordinates and teaches on our successful BA Early Childhood Studies programme. She joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2007 as a lecturer on the work-based learning courses for classroom assistants and other educational support workers. Prior to this Alison worked in a variety of school based roles including senior leadership. Alison is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching

Alison teaches on the undergraduate Early Childhood Studies programme. Her teaching interests include the influence of policy, provision and legislation in educational settings and leadership and management in Early Years settings. Alison’’s interests focus predominantly on the role of the early years practitioner, enabling her to utilise her former role in education to support students seeking a route into teaching or other roles within early years settings. Building on her Masters research, Alison also has a particular interest in the development of study skills in higher education.

Research

Alison has recently been involved in an EU funded research project entitled ‘Creative Little Scientists’ which examined the teaching of Early Years Science and Mathematics, across 9 countries in Europe, through the lens of creativity.

Alison’s current research focus is on the transition into Higher Education, and the role of the tutor in supporting this transition.