Alison Hardy

Alison Hardy

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Secondary and Continuing Education


Alison Hardy is a lecturer on the Undergraduate Teacher Training course for Secondary Design and Technology Education. On this course she lectures in Design and Technology in Education and Society, Subject Knowledge and Designing and Making. Alison also lectures on the Professional Year and Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. The Professional Year Courses includes students enrolled on the School Direct, PGDE and undergraduate teacher training courses.

Career overview

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.

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

Research areas

Alison is currently studying for her doctorate at NTU, the focus of which is the value of D&T education in English secondary schools. 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.

In 2013-14 Alison collaborated with teachers from partnership schools to understand how different stakeholders in their schools valued design and technology.

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

  • Consultant for Design and Technology Association
  • Consultant for Teach Design
  • Curriculum development consultant for secondary schools in the East Midlands
  • Member of the National Curriculum advisory group for revisions to the D&T curriculum in 2013


Book chapters

Conference proceedings

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Press expertise

  • Design and technology education
  • Creativity in secondary schools
  • Aim of formal education
  • Design education
  • Values in education