Liz Atkins


NameLiz Atkins
Job titleResearch Professor
Research instituteCollege of Arts, Humanities and Education
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9673-4428

Research outputs

Youth Transitions, VET and the ‘Making’ of Class: A European Perspective

Avis, J. and Atkins, L. 2015. Youth Transitions, VET and the ‘Making’ of Class: A European Perspective. ECER 2015.

Addressing in/equalities: a re-imagined curriculum for low-attaining youth

Atkins, L. 2022. Addressing in/equalities: a re-imagined curriculum for low-attaining youth. Qualitative Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-01-2022-0011

Education, Skills and Social Justice in a Polarising World

Esmond, Bill and Atkins, Liz 2022. Education, Skills and Social Justice in a Polarising World. Routledge.

Re-conceptualising VET: responses to covid-19

Avis, R., Atkins, L., Esmond, B. and McGrath, S. 2020. Re-conceptualising VET: responses to covid-19. Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 73 (1), pp. 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2020.1861068

VET realignment and the development of technical elites: learning at work in England

Esmond, Bill and Atkins, Liz 2020. VET realignment and the development of technical elites: learning at work in England. International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET). https://doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.7.2.4c

Researching Technical and Vocational Education and Training in a UK Context: classic works and contemporary concerns

Atkins, L. 2020. Researching Technical and Vocational Education and Training in a UK Context: classic works and contemporary concerns. in: Ward, M. R. M. and Delamont, S. (ed.) Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education United Kingdom Edward Elgar.

Social Justice and Education

Atkins, L. 2019. Social Justice and Education. in: Tummons, J. (ed.) PCET: Learning and Teaching in the Post-compulsory Sector London, United Kingdom SAGE Publishing. pp. 43-52

The role of education and training in the development of technical elites: work experience and vulnerability

Esmond, Bill, Atkins, Liz and Suart, Rebecca 2019. The role of education and training in the development of technical elites: work experience and vulnerability. VETNET. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3457494

Social control in practice: the impact of learning employability skills

Atkins, L. 2012. Social control in practice: the impact of learning employability skills. Discourse, Power and Resistance, 2-4 April 2012.

Learning on the margins: experiencing low level VET programmes in a UK context

Atkins, L. 2014. Learning on the margins: experiencing low level VET programmes in a UK context. AVETRA.

Disabled voices from the margins : experiencing inclusion as forms of exclusion

Atkins, L. 2013. Disabled voices from the margins : experiencing inclusion as forms of exclusion. Discourse Power and Resistance Conference 2013.

An Absence of Policy: Vocational education and special educational needs

Atkins, L. 2013. An Absence of Policy: Vocational education and special educational needs. JVET Conference.

Pride and Prospects: Developing a socially just level 1 curriculum to enable more positive school to work transitions

Atkins, Liz 2019. Pride and Prospects: Developing a socially just level 1 curriculum to enable more positive school to work transitions.

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education

Atkins, L. and Duckworth, V. 2019. Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education. Bloomsbury.

What is the Impact of University Work-Based Learning for Early Years Practitioners in Norway and England? Examples of Processes, Outcomes and Impact from the Undertaking of Work-Based Projects

Furu, A., Heslop, K., Kaarby, K. M. E., Lindboe, I. M., Mpofu-Currie, L. and Atkins, L. 2018. What is the Impact of University Work-Based Learning for Early Years Practitioners in Norway and England? Examples of Processes, Outcomes and Impact from the Undertaking of Work-Based Projects. Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 20 (2), pp. 28-50. https://doi.org/10.5456/WPLL.20.2.28

Professionalism in vocational education: international perspectives

Atkins, Liz and Tummons, Jonathan 2017. Professionalism in vocational education: international perspectives. Research in Post Compulsory Education. 22 (3), pp. 355-369. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2017.1358517

Youth transitions, VET and the making of class: changing theorisations for changing times?

Avis, J. and Atkins, L. 2017. Youth transitions, VET and the making of class: changing theorisations for changing times? Research in Post Compulsory Education. 22 (2), pp. 165-185. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2017.1314678

Evaluation of premiership rugby’s HITZ learning academy programme

Defeyter, Greta, Graham, Pamela, Atkins, Liz, Harvey-Golding, Louise and Crilley, E 2017. Evaluation of premiership rugby’s HITZ learning academy programme. Premiership Rugby/Northumbria University, Healthy Living Lab.

Towards an epistemically neutral curriculum model for vocational education: from competencies to threshold concepts and practices

Atkins, L., Hodges, S. and Simons, M. 2016. Towards an epistemically neutral curriculum model for vocational education: from competencies to threshold concepts and practices. International Journal of Training Research. 14 (3), pp. 230-243. https://doi.org/10.1080/14480220.2016.1256895

Book Symposium on James Avis (2015) Social Justice, Transformation and Knowledge: policy, workplace learning and skills. Abingdon/New York Routledge

Atkins, L., Warmington, P. and Duckworth, V. 2016. Book Symposium on James Avis (2015) Social Justice, Transformation and Knowledge: policy, workplace learning and skills. Abingdon/New York Routledge. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. 14 (1).

Feminine men and masculine women: in/exclusion in the academy

Atkins, L. and Vicars, M. 2016. Feminine men and masculine women: in/exclusion in the academy. Education and Training. 58 (3), pp. 252 - 262. https://doi.org/10.1108/et-10-2015-0100

Dis(en)abled: Legitimating discriminatory practice in the name of inclusion?

Atkins, L. 2016. Dis(en)abled: Legitimating discriminatory practice in the name of inclusion? British Journal of Special Education. 43 (1), pp. 6-21. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8578.12123

The Odyssey: School to work transitions, serendipity and position in the field

Atkins, Liz 2016. The Odyssey: School to work transitions, serendipity and position in the field. British Journal of Sociology of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2015.1131146

The odyssey: school to work transitions, serendipity and position in the field

Atkins, Liz 2015. The odyssey: school to work transitions, serendipity and position in the field. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 38 (5), pp. 641-655. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2015.1131146

Creating feminised critical spaces and co-caring communities of practice outside patriarchal managerial landscapes

Duckworth, Vicky, Lord, Janet, Dunne, Linda, Atkins, Liz and Watmore, Sue 2016. Creating feminised critical spaces and co-caring communities of practice outside patriarchal managerial landscapes. Gender and Education. 28 (7), pp. 903 - 917. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2015.1123228

Nothing changes: Perceptions of vocational education in a coalition era

Atkins, Liz and Flint, Kevin 2015. Nothing changes: Perceptions of vocational education in a coalition era. International Journal of Training Research. 13 (1), pp. 35-48. https://doi.org/10.1080/14480220.2015.1051344

Professionalism in Further Education: International Perspectives

Atkins, L. and Tummons, J. 2015. Professionalism in Further Education: International Perspectives. BERA Annual Conference 2015.

Teaching in the VET Sector in Australia

Atkins, L. 2014. Teaching in the VET Sector in Australia. David Barlow Publishing.

Reflective Practice for VET Teachers

Atkins, L. 2014. Reflective Practice for VET Teachers. in: Brennan, Kemmis, R. and Atkins, L. (ed.) Teaching in the VET Sector in Australia Macksville David Barlow Publishing.

Getting Qualified in Woodwork: Young peoples reasons for choosing VET programmes in the UK

Atkins, Liz 2014. Getting Qualified in Woodwork: Young peoples reasons for choosing VET programmes in the UK. NCVER.

Going further and higher together

Atkins, L. and Johnstone, C. 2014. Going further and higher together. Learning and Teaching Conference, Ballarat.

Dis(en)abled: the lived experiences of inclusion policies amongst disabled young people

Atkins, L. 2014. Dis(en)abled: the lived experiences of inclusion policies amongst disabled young people. BERA Annual Conference, Institute of Education, London.

‘There must be things I can do, there must be doors it can open’: The reality of undertaking Foundation Level programs post-16

Liz Atkins 2014. ‘There must be things I can do, there must be doors it can open’: The reality of undertaking Foundation Level programs post-16. NSW Adult Literacy & Numeracy Conference. https://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.1.1148.2641

Great Expectations: youth transitions in troubled times

Atkins, L. 2014. Great Expectations: youth transitions in troubled times. BERA Conference 2014, 23-25 September 2014, London. BERA.

Policy Echoes: Vocational Education and Special Educational Needs

Liz Atkins 2013. Policy Echoes: Vocational Education and Special Educational Needs. JVET Conference. https://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.1.5099.6567

Teaching Higher Education Courses in Further Education Colleges

Tummons, Jonathan, Orr, kevin and Atkins, Liz 2013. Teaching Higher Education Courses in Further Education Colleges. Sage.

Researching 'with', not 'on': engaging marginalised learners in the research process

Atkins, L. 2013. Researching 'with', not 'on': engaging marginalised learners in the research process. Research in Post Compulsory Education. 18 (1-2), pp. 143-158. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596748.2013.755853

From Marginal Learning to Marginal Employment? The Real Impact of Learning Employability Skills

Atkins, L. 2013. From Marginal Learning to Marginal Employment? The Real Impact of Learning Employability Skills. Power and Education. 5 (1), pp. 28-37. https://doi.org/10.2304/power.2013.5.1.28

Teaching Higher Education Courses in Further Education Colleges

Tummons, J., Orr, K. and Atkins, L. Teaching Higher Education Courses in Further Education Colleges. Routledge.

Tom, Ollie and Emily: Reflections on inclusion as an exclusive experience

Atkins, L. 2012. Tom, Ollie and Emily: Reflections on inclusion as an exclusive experience. Race Equality Teaching. 31 (1), pp. 27-30. https://doi.org/10.18546/ret.31.1.06

No Change There Then: Perceptions of vocational education in a coalition era

Atkins, L. 2012. No Change There Then: Perceptions of vocational education in a coalition era. ERA Annual Conference 2012, 4 - 6 September 2012, Manchester. BERA.

Qualitative Research in Education

Atkins, L. and Wallace, S. 2012. Qualitative Research in Education. Sage.

Practical Matters: What young people think about vocational education in England

Atkins, L., Flint, K. and Oldfield, B. 2011. Practical Matters: What young people think about vocational education in England. City and Guilds Centre for Skills Development.

A Guide to Instrumentalism: Initial teacher education in the lifelong learning sector

Atkins, L. 2011. A Guide to Instrumentalism: Initial teacher education in the lifelong learning sector. 55th ICET World Assembly, 11-14 July 2011, Glasgow.

Building a future or rehearsing impossible dreams? The reality of undertaking Level 1 vocational programmes post-16

Atkins, L. 2011. Building a future or rehearsing impossible dreams? The reality of undertaking Level 1 vocational programmes post-16. Researching Higher Education and Lifelong Learning.

Teaching 14-19 Learners in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Atkins, L. and Peart, S. 2011. Teaching 14-19 Learners in the Lifelong Learning Sector. United Kingdom Learning Matters.

Teaching for Inclusion: pedagogies for the 'sector of the second chance'

Atkins, L. 2010. Teaching for Inclusion: pedagogies for the 'sector of the second chance'. in: Wallace, S. (ed.) The Lifelong Learning Sector Reflective Reader Great Britain Learning Matters. pp. 29-41

Smoke and Mirrors: Opportunity and Aspiration in 14-19 Education

Atkins, L. 2010. Smoke and Mirrors: Opportunity and Aspiration in 14-19 Education. Discourse Power and Resistance Conference, 30 March-1 April 2010.

Opportunity and Aspiration, or the Great Deception? The Case of 14-19 Vocational Education

Atkins, L. 2010. Opportunity and Aspiration, or the Great Deception? The Case of 14-19 Vocational Education. Power and Education. 2 (3), pp. 253-265. https://doi.org/10.2304/power.2010.2.3.253

Social class

Atkins, Liz 2009. Social class. in: Oxford University Press.

Social class

Atkins, L. 2009. Social class. in: A Dictionary of Education Oxford Oxford University Press.

Invisible Students, Impossible Dreams: Experiencing Vocational Education 14-19

Atkins, L. 2009. Invisible Students, Impossible Dreams: Experiencing Vocational Education 14-19. Stoke-on-Trent, England Trentham Books.

Travelling hopefully: an exploration of the limited possibilities for Level 1 students in the English further education system

Atkins, Liz 2008. Travelling hopefully: an exploration of the limited possibilities for Level 1 students in the English further education system. Research in Post Compulsory Education. 13 (2), pp. 195-204. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596740802141329

Level 1 Vocational Learning: Predestination disguised as opportunity?

Atkins, L. 2008. Level 1 Vocational Learning: Predestination disguised as opportunity? British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 3 September 2008, Edinburgh. BERA.

Tears of the phoenix: how nurturing and support became the 'cure' for further education

Atkins, L. 2008. Tears of the phoenix: how nurturing and support became the 'cure' for further education. British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 3 September 2008, Edinburgh. BERA.

Visions, Dreams and Reality: The limited possibilities for level 1 post-16 students

Atkins, L. 2007. Visions, Dreams and Reality: The limited possibilities for level 1 post-16 students. British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 8 September 2007, London. BERA.

Foundation GNVQ: an invisible cohort?

Atkins, Liz 2005. Foundation GNVQ: an invisible cohort? Research in Post Compulsory Education. 10 (3), pp. 325-336. https://doi.org/10.1080/13596740500200208

It’s in their nature to nurture: a comparison of PCE mentors’ perception of their role and the emerging national requirements

Wallace, S. and Atkins, L. 2006. It’s in their nature to nurture: a comparison of PCE mentors’ perception of their role and the emerging national requirements. British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 9 September 2006, Warwick. BERA.

Researching ‘with’ not ‘on’: Engaging Foundation GNVQ students in the research process - emerging themes from the study

Atkins, L. 2005. Researching ‘with’ not ‘on’: Engaging Foundation GNVQ students in the research process - emerging themes from the study. British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 16 September 2005, University of Glamorgan. BERA.
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