Dr Indira Banner

Dr Indira Banner


I am a lecturer in Education and currently Head of the Undergraduate Area in the School. Before coming to the University I taught Science/ Biology in Bradford secondary schools for five years and have a PhD in Plant Ecophysiology. 


  • Head of Undergraduate Area

Research interests

When I first came to the University I worked as a research fellow on the Enactment and Impact of Science Education Reform (EISER) project. I have also worked on the AHRC funded Translating Science project and now am Co-I on the uptake of the new and important post-16 Core maths qualification recently introduced in England. This is a large-scale, longitudinal project (2017-2020) funded by the Nuffield Foundation

My research interests lie students' participation in and attitudes towards school and education, and curriculum and policy changes that may affect these. I am interested more broadly in the sociology of education and social justice.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Student education

I taught on and led the Biology PGCE for several years and now manage the MA programme for practicing teachers as well as teach on the BA Education. I also supervise a number of PhD students.

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>