Elizabeth Hopkins

Academic Staff & Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Elizabeth is a senior lecturer of Education who works on the BA/BSc Education and Subject Studies programme. Elizabeth joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2005 having worked in secondary schools for twenty five years in four large schools, teaching English and Drama.


In her years in higher education, Elizabeth has taught across a range of modules from Bachelor’s to Masters’ level. Elizabeth is interested in innovative pedagogy, the teaching of English, work related learning and student voice. Her real passion lies in working with students to help them reach their full potential.

Having started as an English educator and with a strong interest in student voice since joining the world of Higher Education Elizabeth has started to undertake research in this area.

During her time as a senior leader in schools Elizabeth worked with SCAA and QCA on a number of national projects including careers education, vocational education and the National Record of achievement. She is currently an external examiner at Bath Spa and Bedford Universities and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Elizabeth is a trustee and the chair of governors of a large junior school, which has become an Academy under her guidance.

Since 2005


Book Chapters

Hopkins, E.A. (2013) ‘The Impact of New Media Technologies on Children’s Learning and Well-being‘ In: Sharp, J. Education Studies: An Issues -based Approach. Third Edition. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.

Hewitt, R. and Hopkins, E. (2006) ‘Polarisations in English‘ In Sharp, J. Ward, S. and Hankin, L. Education Studies: An Issues-based approach. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.

Journal articles

Hopkins, E. (2016) Teachers’ views of the impact of school evaluation and external inspection processes. Improving Schools. Vol.19(1) 52-61 London: Sage

Hopkins, E.A. (2014) Supporting pre-service teachers to enhance the effectiveness of their classroom practice through engaging with the ‘voice’ of their pupils. In: Teacher Development March 2014 [view article]

Hopkins, E.A. (2012) The Potential Value of student created podcasts as assessment tools in higher education. In: Educational Futures. E-journal of the British Education Studies Association. Vol. 5. (1) December 2012 [view article]

Hopkins, E. A. (2010) Classroom Conditions for effective learning: hearing the voice of Key Stage 3 pupils. In: Improving SchoolsVol 13 No.1 March 2010 [view article]

Hopkins, E.A. (2008) Classroom conditions to secure enjoyment and achievement: the pupils’ voice. Listening to the voice of Every Child Matters In: Education 1-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education Vol 36 No.4. November 2008 [view article]

Hopkins, E.A. (2008) Work-Related learning: hearing students’ voices. In: Educational Action Research. Vol 16. No. 2 June 2008 [view article]

Conference papers

2006: Disaffected young people and the Work Related Curriculum at Key Stage 4: Engaging critically with the Student voice work in progress paper presented at the BESA conference 2006.

Articles by Elizabeth Hopkins

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