Professor Leon Tikly
EdQual Programme Director, University of Bristol, UK
Professor in education and deputy director of research in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Research Interests: Education quality in low income countries; globalisation and education policy; the achievement of minority ethnic learners in the UK; education management and policy in South Africa.
Biography: Leon Tikly started his career as a science teacher first in London comprehensives and then in a school for South African refugees in Morogoro, Tanzania. He completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Glasgow. His PhD thesis is on Education Policy in South Africa Since 1947. He then worked as a policy researcher at the Education Policy Unit, University of Witwatersrand during the transition period between apartheid and democracy in South Africa where he helped to formulate education policy for the new provincial and national governments. On returning to the UK, Leon worked as a lecturer in international and comparative education at the University of Birmingham before taking up a position at Bristol.
Dr Angeline Barrett
EdQual Institutional Coordinator, University of Bristol, UK
EdQual Communications Manager. Research Associate, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Research Interests: Primary education and educational quality in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially Tanzania; teacher professionalism and identity; comparative education.
Biography: Angeline Barrett worked for a number of years as a maths and physics teacher in Further Education colleges in England and in secondary schools in Tanzania, before studying a M.Ed. in International Education Management at Leeds University, UK. In 2005 she was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Bristol for her research comparing Tanzanian with English primary school teacher identity. She took up a full-time position with EdQual after completion of an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship.
Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan
EdQual Institutional Coordinator, University of Bath, UK
Lecturer in Early Childhood and Childhood, Youth and Education Studies, Department of Education, University of Bath.
Research Interests: Child poverty and education; the social influences on children's learning; comparative education and the study of early childhood.
Biography: Rita Chawla-Duggan has taught in preparatory, primary and middle schools. She has conducted ethnographic research with children in England, Japan and India, and is more recently working with members of the Department of Education at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. She is author of Children's Learner Identity as Key to Quality Primary Education - Eight Case Studies of Schooling in India Today (Lewiston Queenston, Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press).
Dr Hillary Dachi
EdQual Institutional Coordinator, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Senior lecturer, Head of Department of Educational Planning and Administration, Chair of Faculty of Education Strategic Planning Committee, and Member of the Senate, University of Dar es Salaam.
Research Interests: Financing education; education administration and planning; education of working children; globalisation and education policy.
Biography: Hillary Dachi started his career as a primary school teacher, working in several primary schools in Mbinga and Bagamoyo districts of Tanzania. He completed a B.Ed. and then an M.A. in education at the University of Dar es Salaam, at the same time as tutoring at the Institute of Adult Education, Dar es Salaam. In 2000 he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Bristol with a thesis on Household Private Costs and the Resourcing of Public Primary Schooling in Tanzania, after which he returned to the University of Dar es Salaam to take up a lectureship in the Department of Educational Planning and Administration.
Dr Evariste Karangwa
EdQual Institutional Coordinator, Kigali Institute of Education, Rwanda
Dept. of Special Needs Education, Faculty of Education, Kigali Institute of Education (KIE).
Research Interests: Evariste Karangwa founded the department of Special Needs Education at the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), through which all trainee teachers now gain some training on education and awareness of the needs of children with disabilities.
Biography: Evariste is currently the deputy dean of the Faculty of Education in Kigali Institute of Education. He is also involved in a number of national programs, including chairing the National Task Force for the Development of Inclusive Education in Rwanda, which is responsible for spearheading the inclusion of students with disabilities in Rwandan public universities. He has worked as an educator for more than 12 years, including undertaking his M.Ed at the University of Birmingham, UK, and PhD studies on Under-Resourced Communities and Inclusive Education at the Katholieke Univeristeit, Leuven, Belgium.
Dr George Oduro
EdQual Institutional Coordinator, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Lecturer in the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, University of Cape Coast.
Research Interests: The cultural and gender dimensions of school leadership; improving leadership development in rural deprived schools in Africa; school leadership for peace building and social cohesion; strategies for enhancing performance management in deprived schools.
Biography: George Oduro hails from a rural area of Ghana. As his family were unable to finance his post-primary education, he obtained 'O' levels through self-tuition and later, when he was a primary school teacher, 'A' levels. In 1994 he obtained a B.Ed. (Hons) in Educational Foundations from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He was then employed by the University of Cape Coast and completed first an MPhil and then a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Cambridge. Between 2003 and 2004, Dr Oduro worked as a research associate on three leadership-related projects directed by Prof. John McBeath at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education.
Prof. Hamsa Venkatakrishnan
EdQual Institutional Coordinator, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Associate Professor, Division of Maths Education, Wits School of Education
Research interests: Policy implementation in maths education and its impact on classroom practices; the organisation of mathematics teaching and learning.
Biography: Hamsa Venkat completed her BSc (Hons) Mathematics at University College London and, following a PGCE, taught mathematics in London secondary schools for 8 years. She returned to studying in 1997, completing a Masters and then a PhD in Mathematics Education at Kings College London. Her doctoral thesis, examining the implementation of the mathematics strand of the Key Stage 3 Strategy in two contrasting London school mathematics departments, was awarded the British Educational Research Association (BERA) 2005 award for most significant doctoral contribution for 2004. Hamsa has worked in research projects in England focused on the Key Stage 3 Strategy and Curriculum and Assessment Pathways in Mathematics Education in the 14 - 19 age range. She currently works in the Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science Education in the University of the Witwatersrand. She is focused on two key areas in South Africa: the implementation of Mathematical Literacy as a new subject in the post-compulsory phase, and the teaching and learning of primary mathematics.
- Language and Literacy project: Prof. Casmir Rubagumya
- Leadership and Management of Change project: Dr Albert Dare
- School Effectiveness project: Dr Michelle Smith
- Use of ICT project: Dr Evariste Karangwa
- Curriculum Change project: Prof. Hamsa Venkatakrishnan
- Inclusion project: Filiz Polat
- NEPAD e-schools project: Dr Edmond Were
- School design project: Dr Nwola Uduku
For more information on EdQual's PhD students please see the PhD Studentships page.
Alfred Ampah-Mensah: IEPA, University of Cape Coast. Enrolled at Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Clara Araba Mills: University of Cape Coast. Enrolled at University of Cape Coast (split-site with University of Bristol).
Dora Baaba-Aidoo: IEPA, University of Cape Coast. Enrolled at Department of Education, University of Bath.
George Kahangwa: University of Dar es Salaam. Enrolled at Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Mary Kampogo: Kigali Institute of Education. Enrolled at Department of Education, University of Bath.
Aneth Komba: Faculty of Education, University of Dar es Salaam. Enrolled at Department of Education, University of Bath.
Gastor Mapunda: University of Dar es Salaam. Enrolled at University of Dar es Salaam.
Mike Mhlolo: Enrolled at the Marang Centre, University of the Witwatersrand.
Audrey Msimanga: Enrolled at the Marang Centre, University of the Witwatersrand.
Rittah Njeru: Enrolled at Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Dorothy Phumbwe: Enrolled at Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Jolly Rubagiza: Kigali Institute of Education. Enrolled at Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Massoud Salim: Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Zanzibar. Enrolled at Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Alphonse Uworwabayeho: Kigali Institute of Education. Enrolled at Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.
Dr Sheila Aikman
- Senior Lecturer in Education and Development, University of East Anglia, UK.
- Expertise: gender, minority languages with respect to education in low income countries.
Prof. Beatrice Avalos
- Head, Curriculum and Evaluation Unit, Ministry of Education, Chile. University Alberto Hurtado, Chile.
- Expertise: Education quality and teacher education.
Dr Trevor Coombe
- Dept. of Education, South Africa.
- Expertise: Education policy and planning.
Dr Anjum Halai
- Associate Professor and Head Research and Policy Studies, Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University, Pakistan.
- Expertise: Teacher education: quality, social justice and curricular issues in mathematics. Research Methodology: methodological and ethical issues in research in developing countries and action research as a paradigm of change and knowledge generation.
Dr J. Allister McGregor
- Research Fellow and Leader - Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
- Expertise: Development economics, policy processes in developing countries and their impact on poverty.
Prof. Joel Samoff
- Stanford University, USA.
- Expertise: Education politics, policy, planning and administration.
EdQual Programme Administrator, University of Bristol.
Nikki Hicks is half of the EdQual RPC Administration Team in Bristol. She has been working in Research Project Support at the graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, since 2003. Prior to this, she worked in Research, Strategy, Communications and Public Relations for a number of blue-chip companies based mainly in London.
EdQual Programme Administrator, University of Bristol.
Ellie Tucker was appointed in March 2006 to job share with Nikki Hicks, with special responsibility for supporting research communication. She previously worked at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex as a Programme Administrative Coordinator on a large DFID-funded Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability.