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Dr Rebecca Webb

Post:Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education (Education)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE 138

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876712
International:+44 1273 876712

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MA hons. (University of Edinburgh) Economic History; PGCE. (Sussex) Primary Education; MA (University of Wales) Education; PhD (Sussex) Education; PgCertHE. (Sussex)

Prior to completing a PhD (supervised by Professor Valerie Hey and Dr Linda Morrice) at Sussex in 2014, and taking up a position as a Lecturer in Education in the same year, I had had a career as a teacher, lecturer, teacher trainer and education adviser in both England and Wales. 

Until 2010, my work had been in an advisory capacity within schools in Newport and Cardiff in South Wales, promoting issues of equity, inclusion and achievement, especially amongst groups of pupils traditionally disadvantaged within the education system.  Much of my own expertise drew on my English As An Additional Language (EAL) knowledge acquired through working for Cardiff Local Education Authority as an EAL advisor, and my MA in Education, in which I specialised in bilingualism and race equality.



Lecturer in Education - contributor to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes within the School of Education and Social Work; supervisor for EdD and PhD researchers; researcher within education

Course Leader for MA in Early Years Education with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR); Centre for Innovation in Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY), Centre for International Education (CIE), Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)


Winner of University Award for Excellence in Teaching, January 2018

Winner of Student-Led Teaching Award, April 2017, for 'Outstanding Support for the Learning Experience of Students' along with members of her MA Early Years Education with EYTS team:  Julie Bailey; Jacqueline Young; Deborah Brown and Meryl Williams









Community and Business

My role as Course leader for the MA in Early Years Education with EYTS means that I am lucky enough to spend some of my time out and about locally in the south of England visiting superb Early Years settings, daycare facilities and nurseries and schools, learning from practitioner colleagues and my students. 


This year I have had the particular pleasure of working closely with Early Years colleagues and practitioners in Boundstone Nursery and Daycare in Lancing, West Sussex to enhance our knowledge exchange capacity and to scope some participatory research.


I am interested in local environmental issues.  I enjoy cycling to work each day, taking advantage of our excellent university swimming scheme, and jogging with colleagues in the South Downs National park.

I am also a keen re-cycler and the promoter of a recent iniative within our School to re-cycle as much of our food waste as possible with the active support and encouragement of Stuart Bettis at Sussex Estates anf Facilities.  Most recently, I am involved with colleagues in a very new gardening and vegetable growing initaitive in the our own School garden:  watch this space.


I am a keen supporter of Free University of Brighton and have the pleasure of leading two academic and creativity writing workshops with colleagues Emily Danvers and Tamsin Hinton-Smith as part of the programme delivery