Professor Jerry Wellington, BA MA, Ph. D.

Photogrpah of Jerry Wellington

Head of Research Degrees

(+44) (0)114 222 8131
Fax: (+44) (0)114 279 6236
Room: 6.07

Research Interests

My current interests and publications lie mainly two areas: firstly in the study of research methodology and methods; and secondly in the area of practice and policy in post-graduate education, particularly at doctoral level. In this second area, I am currently looking at the impact of the professional doctorate on people´s lives and professional practice. I am also writing in the area of educational publishing and how this has evolved, building on some of my earlier publications in this area.

Current Teaching

  • BA in Education, Culture and Childhood
  • MA in Educational Research
  • Distance Learning Programmes (Home and Overseas): tutorial work, teaching and module writing
  • MPhil and PhD research supervision

Research Students

Currently supervising doctoral students (EdD and PhD) in a range of areas. Including:

Tamsin Bowers-Brown - Educational choices: girls' achievement and their post-16 expectations

Past Teaching and Examining Experience: science teaching, leading to Head of Department in 11 to 18 comprehensives, Tower Hamlets, London; initial science teacher training and CPD at post-graduate level in Sheffield at all levels up ranging from one day courses to doctoral work (EdD and PhD); extensive experience of externally examining doctoral theses, in UK and overseas.

Current Activity ( selection)

External examining at various Universities (EdD, PhD and M.Sc)

Editorial Boards 1999 – Present: Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education; Present: Research in Science and Technology Education also acting as a referee for other journals e.g. Studies in Higher Education.

In 2004 Jerry worked as part of a team within the White Rose University Consortium (WRUC) that successfully bid for the £20 million contract to build and develop the National Science Learning Centre and the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Science Learning Centres.

Books published (since 2000) include:

Hammond, M and WELLINGTON, J (2013) Key concepts in social science research, London: Routledge

Eley, A, WELLINGTON, J, Pitts, S and Biggs, C (2012) Becoming an early career researcher, London: Routledge

WELLINGTON, J and Ireson, G (2013) Science Teaching, Science Learning, London: Routledge, 3rd edition

WELLINGTON, J ( 2010) Making supervision work for you, London:Sage

WELLINGTON, J and Szczerbinski, M ( 2008) Research Methods for the Social Sciences, London: Continuum

WELLINGTON, J and Ireson, G ( 2008) Science Teaching, Science Learning, London: Routledge

WELLINGTON, J. J. (2000) Educational Research: Contemporary Issues and Practical Approaches, London: Continuum

Unwin, L and WELLINGTON, J. J. (2000) Young People´s Perspectives on Education, Training and Employment, London: Kogan Page,

Articles in Refereed Journals (A selection only is given below, from 2002 onwards)

Wellington, J, Nixon J and Su, F (2013) Educational Publishing: from graphosphere to videosphere, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 34(3) (on-line access only until September 2013)

Price, K, Wales, J, Eiser, C, Wellington, J et al ( 2013) Does an intensive self-management structured education course improve outcomes for children and young people with type 1 diabetes, British Medical Journal Open 2013, 3: e002429

Wellington, J (2012) Searching for Doctorateness, Studies in Higher Education, DOI:10.1080/03075079.2011.634901 for on-line access

WELLINGTON, J ( 2010) More than a matter of cognition: an exploration of affective writing problems of post-graduate students and their possible solutions, Teaching in Higher Education, volume 15, number 2, April. 2010, pages 135-150

WELLINGTON, J and Sikes, P.( 2006) `A Doctorate In A Tight Compartment´: Why Do Students Choose A Professional Doctorate And What Impact Does It Have On Their Personal And Professional Lives, Studies In Higher Education, vol. 31, no. 6 , Dec. 2006, pp 723-734.

WELLINGTON, J (2005) Has ICT come of age? Recurring debates on the role of ICT in education, Research in Science and Technological Education, vol. 23, no.1, pp 25-39.

WELLINGTON, J. and Nixon, J. (2005) Shaping the field: the role of academic journal editors in the construction of education as a field of study, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 643-655.

WELLINGTON, J. (2002) What can science education do for citizenship and the future of the planet? Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Vol.2, No.4, pp. 553-561.