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Dr Helen Glasspoole-Bird



I joined the University of York in 2021 as Research Associate working in the Department of Education.

My interests focus on how research evidence can meaningfully shape policy, pedagogy and professional practice.

BSc Psychology - University of Liverpool
PGCE (primary) - Homerton College, Cambridge University
MA Education - Oxford Brookes University
PhD - Institute of Education, UCL


Having first worked as a primary school teacher, I moved into lectureship roles in HE and Initial Teacher Education (2002-20). I led modules in mathematics, design & technology and professional studies. In collaboration with school partnerships, I worked as part of a team to develop a relevant and innovative curriculum for ITE. During this time I wrote a number of teacher resources for various publishers focused on mathematics and science education.

In 2006-07, I spent a year in Uganda during which I volunteered on a range of projects including education consultancy, curriculum development and resource design.

Departmental roles

  • Research Associate, Department of Education



My research interests are in:

  • Initial teacher formation and identity
  • Transitions as liminal spaces
  • Qualitative research methods – as objects and processes of study

Previous recent research focused on how models of blended learning and course design could be developed for the effective training of new police officers.

PhD thesis title - Anticipatory and Emerging Selves in the ‘Impossible Professions’: a psychoanalytic analysis of the development of self and identity within the initial development of teachers, nurses and police officers.


  • A systematic review of evidence on primary science teaching - a project, funded by the Education Endowment Fund.

Research group(s)

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD