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Dr Julia Sutherland

Post:Senior Lecturer in Education (Education)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 252

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877957
International:+44 1273 877957

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Julia came to the University of Sussex from a 16-year teaching career specialising in English, in secondary, tertiary and higher education, latterly as Head of undergraduate, A Level and GCSE provision at Harlow College. She has considerable prior experience of teaching English language and literature across the full range of courses, from early secondary to undergraduate level and has been involved in extensive curriculum development and widening participation activities. This work has continued at Sussex, for example, with the development of an interdisciplinary BA in English Education Studies, designed for working teaching assistants from non-traditional academic backgrounds and combining some modules from the Department of English at Sussex.

Julia is currently expanding the thriving MA in Education, which now has a diverse range of pathways, including: School Research Leaders, Widening Participation, NQTs, subject-specific routes (in particular, Mathematics, English, Science and SEND) and a full-time, international pathway. This course is linked to the new Sussex Research Network – a partnership with local primary and secondary schools, which aims to develop the research culture and capacity in schools, by developing the expertise of research leaders and learning communities. 




Julia is a Senior Lecturer in Education and member, former Co-Director, of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) in the Department of Education, School of Education and Social Work.

Julia leads the MA in Education and teaches on a range of programmes, including PGCE English, MA in Education, MA in International Education and Development and the BA in Childhood and Youth, in addition to supervising doctoral students. Julia’s research interests focus on sociocultural theories of learning, literacy and English education, specifically: reading, comprehension, dialogic talk, classroom discourse, teacher education and participatory forms of practitioner research.