Mirain completed a PhD with supervision from Professor Enlli Thomas, looking at the impact of bilingual education on children’s cognitive and linguistic skills and parental attitudes towards bilingualism in 2013. This followed on from the completion of a Psychology degree (BSc) in 2009, both at Bangor University.
During her time at Bangor University, Mirain also gained a merit in a post-graduate certificate in higher education (PGCert) and is an accredited member of the Higher Education Academy.
A native Welsh language speaker, Mirain was previously a Research Associate with Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), working on Welsh Government funded educational evaluations, such as the ‘Evaluation of the Foundation Phase’. ‘Evaluation of the Pupil Deprivation Grant’ an evaluation of the ‘Foundation Phase Flexibility Pilots’ with Professor Chris Taylor, and most recently on the WISERD Education project with Professor Sally Power.
Mirain’s principal interests lie in the fields of Education and Bilingualism. Her interests lie in the development/ transition of the Welsh language within education, the community and the home and how this compares with other international examples of minority language populations.
By combining her experiences of educational evaluations from her previous position at WISERD with research findings from her doctoral thesis, she investigates the language use and attitudes of children, as well as early years education.
She is particularly interested in what impact particular educational policies have on these topics in relation to the children, practitioners and parents/carers involved.
She enjoys working with government bodies, educational institutions and fellow researchers for the development of realistic, sustainable strategies and solutions driven by a sound evidence base.
Mirain conducted research for WISERD’s independent evaluation of the Welsh Government’s early years education policy – the Foundation Phase, as well as evaluations of the Pupil Deprivation Grant and Foundation Phase Flexibility Pilots and work for the HEFCW funded WISERD Education project.
Research interests: Bilingualism within the classroom, best practice, Welsh language issues, policy, education, bilingual education, translanguaging, child development and early years