Christina Donovan

Christina has been working for Further Education sector in a professional and research capacity for the past seven years. Throughout her career so far, she has worked for several Further Education Colleges in the North West in a variety of roles including Learning Support, Student Services and Student Voice. Latterly, she was the Students’ Union Coordinator for Wigan and Leigh College, where she worked closely with the National Union of Students to deliver a jointly funded project to promote student voice and environmental sustainability, with the support of the NUS Students’ Green Fund. During this time the Union won the NUS Green Impact Award for Environmental Innovation, and she was awarded the North Region Staff Award from the Learner Voice Practitioner Network.

She has skills and experience in implementing student voice through democratic structures, as well as supporting student engagement and removing barriers to learning. She has a passion for working with students to fulfil their potential, and inspire them to believe in their own capacity to effect change.

She studied for her Master’s degree at the University of Central Lancashire, where she completed her dissertation entitled: ‘Students 'at risk'? Exploring the language of retention and 'drop-out' in a North West Further Education College.’

She is currently studying for her PhD in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University, where she also lectures on the BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s Learning and Development. Her research focuses on perceptions of trust, and the process of building trust within the context of Further Education.

In the spirit of keeping student voice alive, she is also a Trustee for Edge Hill Students’ Union and served as the Postgraduate Research Representative in 2016/17, during which time she co-chaired the ‘Cutting Edge’ Postgraduate Research Conference.