Dr Katharine Stapleford

Dr Katharine Stapleford


My background is in the field of English Language Teaching and ESOL. I taught English in Zimbabwe, France and the UK. I taught ESOL and teacher education in Further Education in the UK before moving into Learning Development and Online Distance Learning in Higher Education. 


  • Programme Manager - MA/PG Dip/PG Cert Digital Education
  • Academic Lead for Digital Education - School of Education
  • Academic Personal Tutoring Lead

Research interests

My current research focuses on the lived experiences of postgraduate Online Distance Learners using a narrative enquiry approach. 

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  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

I currently teach and supervise on Digital Education courses within the school of education.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Digital Learning