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Alison Hardy

Alison Hardy

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Secondary and Continuing Education Undergraduate and Professional Education


Dr Alison Hardy is a senior lecturer in Nottingham Institute of Education. She is course leader for the MA Education within the Institute and leads the Research Skills module, and co-leads the Coaching and Mentoring module. Alison also lectures on the Secondary Initial Teacher Education course, primarily with the design and technology students. She also supervises doctoral students.

Additionally, Alison facilitates writing retreats for academic staff and postgraduate students.

Career overview

Alison joined NTU in 2010 as the course leader for the Undergraduate Teacher Training course for Secondary Design and Technology Education. On this course she lectured on several core modules.

Prior to working at NTU, Alison was a Director of Curriculum at Tresham College in Northamptonshire. This role included strategic responsibility for the 14-19 curriculum at the College and working with partnership schools in four East Midlands counties which included over thirty secondary schools.

Alison has worked in four secondary schools as a design and technology (D&T) teacher; in two of them she was the head of department for D&T. She has also worked at the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

Research areas

Alison’s primary research focuses on the values stakeholders attribute to different school subjects, and the effect this has on curriculum policy enactment. She has developed a subject-values framework that is used to analyse the origins and consequences of the values people attribute to school subjects.

Through her work she has researched the specific values attributed to design and technology education. Alongside this she has undertaken research into the use of technology-enhanced learning in schools and HE, including the innovative use of social media to support collaborative learning.

Alison is also researching strategies to help academics and doctoral students maintain and change their writing habits through the use of motivational interviews.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist in Nottingham Institute of Education and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

External examiner: University of Glasgow and University of Roehampton

Alison reviews articles for Pedagogy, Culture and Society; International Journal of Technology and Design Education, and Design and Technology Education: An international journal

Alison has also been a consultant for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service specialising in partnership and curriculum development.

Previously Alison was a board member for the Design and Technology Association, and was part of the Member of the National Curriculum advisory group.


Journal articles

Book chapters

Conference proceedings

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Press expertise

  • Curriculum development and design
  • School subjects and policy implementation
  • Values in education