Caroline Tutton

PhD Student, Lancaster University

    Caroline Tutton is HEA Scholarship student currently studying towards a doctorate degree within the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University. Her research title is ‘Engaging non-traditional students for retention and success within Higher Education.’

    Caroline was previously a full time Secondary School ICT Teacher and was completing her Masters Degree in her spare time at Worcester University. Here she was selected from her cohort to become part of an innovative staff/ student research team. The research team consisted of three staff members and two students and the research conducted was on the topic of ‘Inclusivity at the Institute of Education using the methodology of Appreciative Inquiry.’ The research findings were then presented to the Institute staff at the Worcester University Staff Development Day.

    Since the initial research project Caroline has presented a workshop at the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) conference entitled: ‘The student voice in staff development through student-led appreciative inquiry for inclusion.’ She has also delivered a lecture at the Learning and Teaching Conference at Worcester University entitled: ‘Student-led appreciative inquiry for inclusion.’ Furthermore Caroline was selected as an example of outstanding Master’s research and was invited back to the University of Worcester to deliver a guest lecture to the Master’s students on ‘Research Methods.’

    Research within education is something Caroline has a passion for, which has been a hobby along side a busy full time work schedule for the past five years. She is now lucky enough to be part of one of the leading international centres for postgraduate research in education at Lancaster University. Here she is continuing her research on inclusivity by looking at how to increase engagement for ‘non-traditional’ students in Higher Education in order to increase success and retention.


    • Innovations in Education and Teaching International - 2013 Release

                ‘Engaging students and staff with educational development through Appreciative Inquiry’

    • Educational Developments Magazine – March 2013

                ‘Students as Educational Developers’