Dr Julian Crockford
Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit Manager
Telephone: 0114 222 2475
Office: New Spring House, Ground Floor
I joined the University of Sheffield in 1991 as an undergraduate studying English Literature. This led to a Masters and finally a PhD in Contemporary American Fiction. Following the completion of my academic studies, I joined the University’s Admissions Service, progressing to Admissions Manager for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and serving briefly as acting Head of Admissions.
I have managed the Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit since May 2012, when the Unit was set up. As Manager of the Unit, I have introduced a collaborative institutional evaluation framework for WP outreach and support and oversee a range of short term and longitudinal research and evaluation projects focusing on the whole student journey, student success and progression, inclusive learning and teaching, and equality and diversity issues.
My research interests are multiple and wide-ranging, but I focus primarily on how widening participation and student success policies are implemented at an institutional level and how this intersects with forms of institutional and tacit knowledge, issues of effective and meaningful evaluation and how ‘impact’ can be defined and understood in this context, and the role of evaluation in policy discourse.
I am currently working on a Doctorate in Education exploring the positioning of evaluation in policy and practical discourses around widening participation and fair access.