AOUG Chancellor Baroness Boothroyd Award for Citizenship, Identities and Governance

Awarded in 2022 to Susannah Wilson

Susannah was nominated by her supervisors, Dr Lore Gallastegi and Dr Maria Fermandez-Tora. The aim of her research is to understand Further Education Lecturers’ professional identities and agency through lens assessment. Her thesis focuses on lecturer agency, identity and professional learning within the Further Education Sector in Scotland, using assessment as a lens through which to view lecturers’ professional practice. Susannah started her career in teaching, progressing from Secondary Schools to Further Education. By enrolling on the OU Masters Degree covering online and distance Education, she gained confidence and competence in professional practice which influenced her decision to enrol on the Professional Doctorate programme with the OU.  


Awarded in 2021 to Sally Vivyan

Leadership Practice in Asylum Seeker and Refugee Charities

My empirical research is a single in-depth case study of a small charity operating in an asylum seeker dispersal area in North-East England. A Leadership-As-Practice approach adopted encourages the researcher to seek out the everyday interactions between people and their environment that help to set or change the direction of work (Raelin,2016).