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Dr Mark Connolly

Dr Mark Connolly

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 5097
Room 2.26, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA


I returned to Cardiff University in 2013 as a lecturer in education having been awarded my PhD here in 2007. This was an interdisciplinary study of culture and education in urban cultural regeneration and while I retain an interest in cultural policy, the main focus of my research and teaching relates to the sociology of education and educational policy. At present I am working on a range of educational projects such as: outdoor and Forest School learning; routes into teaching; teacher education and children's rights; children's use of school grounds out of school hours. With colleagues here at Cardiff I am, at present, editor of the British Educational Research Journal.


Professional memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the British Educational Research Association (from 2009-2012 I was the Welsh Representative on the council of the Association), Member British Sociological Association.

Academic positions

2007-2013 Lecturer in Education Cardiff Metropolitan University

Committees and reviewing

I represent the Masters in Educational Practice on SOCSI's Teaching and Learning Committee.













I teach on various education related programmes at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. The two undergraduate modules I am most closely involved in are first year introductory module Education and Society and the second year module Policy and Practice in Contemporary Education. As Masters' level I have worked as programme coordinator for the Masters in Educational Practice and oversee the assessment for this programme. At doctoral level I am module convenor for the Changing Modes of Professionalism module which is the introductory module in our professional doctorate programme.

I have a diverse range of research interests in the area of education. My doctoral study related to the role of culture and learning in culture led urban regeneration projects. While I retain an interest in cultural policy my recent research interests relate education: I have written in motivations for adult learning; outdoor education and risk perception; children's rights and am, at present, working on projects looking into the routes into teaching in the UK and children's use of school grounds outside school hours.