Canterbury Christ Church University Team

Tony Mahon

untitled3Tony is the overall Project Leader for RQTEPP-TELTA and Coordinator of Work Package 1: BA Programme Curriculum Development. Tony is Director for International Development in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in England and has worked in Palestine since 2011 on three high profile World Bank funded teacher education projects. His areas of expertise include curriculum development, development of competency frameworks and authentic assessment. Tony also lived and worked in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Japan and Hong Kong as a teacher, teacher educator and educational consultant.

Emily Lau

Emily LauEmily will be overseeing the project administration and working closely with our partner administrators and project teams. Before joining Canterbury Christchurch University, Emily spent six years as a Project Manager working with an Education Charity in the UK, which supported vulnerable young people to set up their own social justice projects within their communities. Prior to that Emily studied for a Masters in International Development and spent time working and volunteering with NGOS in South-East Asia and Japan working on disaster relief reconstruction projects and worked as a teacher in China and Europe.

Dr Viv Wilson

VIV-F2Viv will be leading Work Package 4: Capacity Building in Higher Education Pedagogy.  Viv is a UK National Teaching Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in England. Her areas of expertise include higher education pedagogy, teacher education and mentoring and mentor development. Viv has worked in Palestine since 2011 on a high profile World Bank funded teacher education project and she has also led a four year project in Malaysia (2005-2009) to develop degree level primary teacher education programmes.

Dr Sue Soan

Dr Sue SoanSue will be working with Sulochini on Work Package 2: Diversity, Inclusion and SEN. Sue is the Faculty Director of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as a consultant, a published researcher, author and editor of research projects, books and articles. Her areas of expertise and interest are social, emotional and behavioural needs, autism, multi – professions working, able and talented, attachment and motor development. Sue has experience working with colleagues in Palestine and South Africa about inclusive education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Dr John-Paul Riordan

John-PaulJohn-Paul will be supporting the work in Work Package 6: Technology Enhanced Learning Environment as well as advising on the online collection and analysis of data.  John-Paul is a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK in Primary Education. He has a PhD in science education (Conceptual Change Pedagogy). He has taught science (specializing in physics) since 1999 and worked full-time in mainstream schools for ten years. John-Paul now teaches part-time in a school for children who have learning disabilities. He is interested in science ‘misconceptions’ and what to do about them, as well as instructional strategy.

Karl Bentley

Karl BentleyKarl is our representative for Work Package 6: Technology Enhanced Learning Environment led by our partner, University of Eastern Finland. He is the Programme Director for the PGCE 7-14 route into teacher training and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and mentor for the PGCAP route for lecturers Karl is an advocate for TPACK across teaching and learning. Prior to joining the university in 2010 Karl was an Advanced Skills Teacher in Primary Education and before that an Engineer for over twenty years in the petro-chemical industry.

Dr Simon Hoult

Simon HoultSimon will be working closely with Viv on Work Package 4. He is a keen intercultural learner, this being the basis of his PhD research into student teachers’ learning from intercultural engagements in South India. He is a principal lecturer and the Faculty Director of Secondary Initial Teacher Education at CCCU where he has taught since 2001. He is a strong proponent of the student teacher as researcher and recently published a co-edited text of Indian and UK student teachers’ scholarly works. His other publications include texts to support student teachers’ in professional studies and in their teaching and learning at Masters level.

Dr Sulochini Pather

sulochiniSulochini is the leader for Work Package 2, Diversity, Inclusion and SEN. Her work focuses on globalisation, internationalisation and the effects on sustainable inclusive education policy and practice, particularly in developing contexts, with a particular focus on the role of the researcher and partners on collaborative projects and programmes. Most recently she was the Lead Consultant on an Inclusive Education project in Ethiopia and Principal Lecturer for Inclusive and Special Education at Roehampton University. She has also a been a Senior Research Officer at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER, UK) and a Senior Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC, SA), and a teacher for 11 years at various schools (mainstream and special) in South Africa and England.


Dr Patricia Driscoll

PatriciaPatricia is our representative for Work Package 5: Research Capacity Building, working closely with our partner, Fontys University in Eindhoven. She is a Reader in education and Director of research development at Canterbury Christ Church University. She taught in secondary and primary schools before conducting her PhD in 1996. She has considerable experience of designing and delivering programmes for pre- and in- service teachers both in England and abroad.  Patricia also contributes to the research development programme for doctoral students and staff within the Faculty and across the university, she also designs and leads professional development courses for teachers. She has considerable experience of delivering national training programmes for student teachers and practitioners.