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Anne Kenny

Ann Kenny

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Ms Ann Kenny is a Senior Lecturer in Education. She is the course Leader for the part time Masters Degree in Education. She teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Ann Kenny’s research focus is primarily on educational policy with a particular focus on the impact of neo-liberalism on education policy in schools. She has also been active in researching the learning experiences of young people as they transition, from Level 3 study, (A Level and Diploma) to 4 (Higher Education). She is currently undertaking her Education Doctorate at Nottingham Trent University.

Career overview

After completing her BA in Social Science at the University of Sussex, Ann began her teaching career in Sixth Forms Colleges and in Further Education delivering A level courses in Psychology and Sociology, during which time she obtained a PGCE from Nottingham Trent University. She has also worked for the Open University teaching on a range of social science modules.  Her interest in widening participation led her to working on a number of widening participation projects with Nottingham University, Nottingham Trent and the University of Derby to improve access to higher education for disadvantaged students She obtained a Certificate in Education Management from NTU and worked as head of the Social Science department at High Pavement Sixth Form College. She joined the Education Department at the University of Derby where she obtained her Masters Degree in Education. She was the  programme Leader for the BA in Education Studies where she was responsible for the planning, quality, development and delivery of the programme.

External activity

Ms Ann Kenny was  the Project Leader at University of Derby for the European Union funded FACE IT project (Focus on Awareness of Culture and Education for International Teachers), which involved working with Edith Stein in Hengelo and a number of Europeans partners, to produce teacher training  material for International Teachers.

She also worked on the Flying Start project, a joint Higher Education Academy project with the University of Derby and Liverpool Hope, looking at Practices, Communities and Policies to Ease the Transition to University Writing and Assessment" The project was designed to find and evaluate ways of easing transitions in academic writing that students must negotiate if they are to be successful studying at degree level. The focus of her research was on the transition from school/college to University study.

Conference presentations

Falling Through the Gap (British Education Studies Association Annual Conference 2008)

Transition to University Survey (British Education Studies Association Annual Conference 2009)

Transition to University Survey (Symposium, Liverpool Hope University 2009)

I hate writing, it’s the thing I struggle with most (Sixth Form Leaders Conference, London 2009)

FACE-IT conference at the University of Uludag, Bursa, Turkey: (September 2008) "The Euro and what it means for teachers"

FACE-IT conference at Hogeschool Edith Stein, Hengelo, Netherlands:(September 2009) "European Citizenship" and "Transitions for International Teachers - what it means to teach overseas"


Kenny A (2011) Understanding and Managing the Behaviour of Learners (in Exploring Education Studies 2011)

Kenny A (2008) Falling Through the Gap: A comparison of the study skills used by A2 students and undergraduates. Educational  Futures, Vol (3)  August 2010