Research Students


Current Doctoral Research Students' Profiles

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Isabelle Adams

Room Number: E0.05 (Research House)

Research Interests:
• Secondary language teaching and learning
• The role of technology in language teaching
• Modern Foreign Language learning in Wales


A follow up review of the Cardiff Local Authority Literacy Strategy (2015-2016).
Funding: Welsh Government
Role: Research Assistant

Primary PGCE trainee teachers’ perceived competence and confidence to teach physical education (2016).
Funding: Sport Wales
Role: Research Assistant

An exercise to secure practitioners’ views on the draft Digital Competence Framework (2016).
Funding: Welsh Government
Role: Research Assistant

An evaluation of the implementation of the Digital Competence Framework in Cardiff Schools (2016-2017).
Funding: Cardiff Council.
Role: Research Assistant

An evaluation of the impact of the professional learning programme – on pedagogy and practice for participants in it (2017).
Funding: EAS
Role: Research Assistant

An analysis of the factors impacting on achievement of more able learners from disadvantaged homes and communities (2017).
Funding: EAS
Role: Research Assistant

iTILT (Interactive Teaching in Languages with Technologies2) (2017)
Funding: ERASMUS+
Role: Research Assistant


Following a career in the commercial side of heavy industry, Isabelle is currently working as a part-time research assistant on the iTilt2 project and on a series of smaller education based projects. Alongside this funded research and following completion of a PGCE in Secondary MFL at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Isabelle began her part-time PhD in 2016, focusing on the role of technologies in language teaching.


Teaching languages in industry

Richie Copeland

Richie CopelandE-mail:
Room Number: E0.05 (Research House)

Research Groups:
• Arts and Humanities Research Group (AHRG)

Research Interests:
• Creative Writing Theory
• Postcolonial Wales
• Cardiff History
• Welsh Writing in English Literature
• Specific Learning Difficulties in HE


Books / book chapters
Richie is due to have his first short story, Distant Voices, published as a part of Cardiff Metropolitan University's 'Metropolitan' collection next year. The piece is a part of his PhD thesis.

Conference papers
Richie will be presenting a paper on Poetics, as a method of Creative Writing research, at Cardiff Metropolitan's conference for Creative Writing next year.


Richie is currently studying full time PhD in Creative Writing, exploring Post-Colonial concepts of identity in 21st Century Cardiff. The thesis is split between a creative piece of interlinked short stories, titled TransPlant, and a critical component.


Richie Copeland was born in Caerphilly, Wales. He studied his BA Hons English and MA Hons Creative Writing at the University of Wales Lampeter, where he discovered a passion for writing. He has subsequently achieved his PGCE (PCET) from Cardiff University, and has subsequently taught English for Essential Skills, GCSE, A Level and Undergraduate. He is currently studying his PhD in Creative Writing, and lectures Writing Poetry at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He can often be found in a dark room, armed with coffee, where he will be writing frantically.

Jeffrey Lewis

Jeff LewisE-mail:
Room Number: T0.18

Research Groups:
• Pedagogy and Andragogy Research Group (PARG)

Memberships: National Teaching Fellow, SFHEA, Fellow Orthodontic Technicians Association (UK), Registrant General Dental Council        

Research Interests:
• Flexible Distributed Learning
• Learning Technologies
• Distance Learning
• Reflection


Books / book chapters
Lewis J 2016 Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: A reduced attendance model of delivery that engages remote learners in the workplace. Libri Publishing Ltd. London

 Jack K and Lewis J 2017 Further Innovations in Higher Education. Chapter: Creative reflections: thoughts from two programmes. Libri Publishing Ltd, Oxford (In Press)

Peer refereed journals

Lewis Jeffrey 2012 Web-based videoconferencing to promote flexible learning opportunities in Dental Technology. (Case Study CM9) Future Directions for Higher Education in Wales: Learning for employment. Higher Education Academy.

McLinden M 2013 Flexible pedagogies: part-time learners and learning in higher education - case studies. A flexible pathway for dental technicians learning through distance education. Higher Education Academy

Lewis J 2015 Learning in and for the workplace - technologies that deliver Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Vol. 9, No. 1, Special Issue from Future Directions Wales Conference, January 2015 pp.54-66

AL Mortadi N, Lewis J Dimensional Stability of Orthodontic Bands Used To Fabricate Band And Loop Space Maintainers (BLSM) (submitted for review 2016)

Professional / non-refereed publications

Lewis J 2013 Flexible Pedagogies: Preparing for the Future. Case study on part time learners in Cardiff Metropolitan University's Unit for Dental Technology. Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cornelius S, Gordon C and Schyma J 2014 Live Online Learning: Strategies or the web conferencing classroom Palgrave MacMillan (Acknowledged for input)

Conference papers
"Delivery to the workplace- an easy solution to a common problem?" World Association for Continued Education, Vancouver June 2009

"Delivery to learners in the workplace" Poster Presentation to Association for Dental Educators Europe, Helsinki August 2009

"Reducing attendance needs by increasing access to learning materials from the workplace" Gregynog, GWELLA project, 2008 -2010

"Presentation of project findings." JISC Steering group meeting, UWIC, Dec 2009

"Web based video conferencing to deliver learning material to the workplace" SOLSTICE Learning and Teaching Conference, Edgehill, June 2010

"Lessons from a JISC TEL WfD project" HEA Assembly, UWIC, Jan 2011

"Wheres the 'b'ling in Learning? Discovering UWICs jewels" HEA event, Newtown, April, 2011

 "The delivery of learning material and engagement of students and staff in the workplace"

HEA Seminar Series, Trinity St Davids, Carmarthen Dec 2011

"The use of video-conferencing to deliver lectures and practical demonstrations to learners at remote educational sites".  Association for Learning and Teaching Conference, Manchester 2011

"Black Bored? Not us. Use of media to enhance learning", BlackBoard Learning and Teaching Conference, Belgium April 2012

"Using assistive technology as a vehicle to enable disabled learners in HE" at SOLSTICE Learning and Teaching Conference, Edgehill May 2012

 "Learning about work, for work, in work. Not a university in sight." JISC Summer Series event, Cardiff June 2012

"e-PDPs and DCPs for CPD with the GDC" British Orthodontic Conference, Sept 2012

"Innovative delivery of learning material to students in the workplace using new technologies." Global Universities in Distance Education Conference, Athens Oct 2013

QAA Future Directions Conference. Glamorgan Conference Centre, Nov 2013

"Learning in and for the workplace" HEA Aberystwyth April 2014

"Stretching your practice. How flexible can you be?" HEA Workshop Cardiff Metropolitan University February 2016

"You won't learn if you're not here- or will you?" HEA Health and Social Care Conference, Glasgow February 2016

"CPD and online course design" CSHS, Cardiff Met, July 2016


Department of Health £16k award for piloting South West England training scheme for Dental Technology.


As Head of the Dental Technology teaching team, I introduced an innovative delivery method that utilised videoconferencing to deliver programmes to geographically remote learners. This development also introduced the use of e-portfolios that involved work-based mentors, helping to bridge the gap between employers and academics. I worked within the University’s Learning and Teaching Development Unit for 2 years on a secondment (0.4fte) where I advised staff on the pedagogy and use of technology to enhance student learning.  I have developed close ties with the Wales Dental Deanery and have worked with them to deliver, in a unique way, continual professional development across Wales to dental care professionals.


Delivered several workshops to school regarding the process and practicalities of creating online learning material  for CPD courses.

Organised Enterprise symposium for School on developing online learning material.

Investigating the use of alternative, more creative assessment methods to encourage engagement in reflection.

Previous Doctoral Research Students