Ms Julie Hughes

Principal Lecturer/Head of Department (Post Compulsory Education)

Email address: Phone number: 01902 32 3106 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Post Compulsory Education


Julie Hughes has worked at the University of Wolverhampton for 15 years and has been Head of Department for Post Compulsory Education for 5 years. Julie is an HEA National Teaching Fellow and Vice Chair of the UCET PCE Committee.

Julie’s practice and research has explored the role of Web 2.0 technologies such as e-portfolios and blogs, and their attendant dialogic pedagogies. She is particularly interested in how these hybrid learning and teaching practices might support transitions into the University/HEness and into the workplaces of new teachers. Julie’s current research focusses upon the role of Graduate Teaching Assistants at the University of Wolverhampton and the impact that their presence and practices might have upon pedagogic transference in HE and HE in FE teaching and learning landscapes.

Research interests

  • Teaching and learning
  • Preparation for Ofsted type audit and inspection


  • MA in Education, University of Wolverhampton
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Wolverhampton
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Mentoring, University of Wolverhampton
  • Certificate in Education     University of Warwick
  • BA Hons, English and American Studies, University of Birmingham, First class



Journals (include web links if applicable)

  • Duncan, N., Prowse, S., Hughes, J. and Burke, D. (2007) ‘…do that and I’ll raise your grade.’ Innovative module design and recursive feedback in Teaching in Higher Education. 12 4
  • Dye, V., Herrington, M., Hughes, J., Kendall, A., Lacey, C., Smith R. (2009) ‘Collaborative writing and dis-Continuing Professional Development:  Challenging the rituals and rules of the education game?’ Special Issue of Professional Development in Education 36 1-2
  • Gleeson, D., Hughes, J., O’Leary, M. & Smith, R. (2015) ‘The state of professional practice and policy in the English Further Education system: a view from below’, Research in Post-Compulsory Education (2015) 20: 1. Pp.78-95.
  • Hughes, J. (2005) “I didn’t have a voice until I joined this group.”  The use of dialogue journals in the education of new teachers. Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 57 1
  • Hughes, J. (2008) Exploring eportfolios and weblogs as learning narratives in a community of new teachers. Journal of International Society for Teacher Education (JISTE) 12 1.
  • Hughes, J. (2008) E-portfolio-based learning: a practitioner perspective. ELiSS Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences  1 2
  • Hughes J (2012) ‘It’s quite liberating turning up to a classroom without a pile of papers and equipment.’ Pedagogic bungee jumping: a strategy to rethink teaching in a technology-rich age? Management in Education 26 2.
  • Hughes, J., Herrington, M., McDonald, T. & Rhodes, A. (2010). E-portfolios and personalised learning: research in practice with two dyslexic learners in UK higher education Dyslexia. 17  1
  • Maiden, B., McCoy, T., Penfold, B., Duncan-Pitt, L. and Hughes, J. (2007) Supporting learning and teaching innovation and building research capacity using an eportfolio: University of Wolverhampton, a case study. Educational Developments. 8 1

Books/Book Chapters (include ISBN numbers)

  • Abrams, N. and Hughes, J. (2000) (eds) Containing America: Cultural production and consumption in fifties America. University of Birmingham Press: Birmingham
  • Dye, V., Herrington, M., Hughes, J., Kendall, A., Lacey, C., Smith R. (2010) ‘Collaborative writing and dis-Continuing Professional Development:  Challenging the rituals and rules of the education game?’ in Swennen, A and Jones, K. (eds) The Professional Development of Teacher Educators. London: Routledge
  • Herrington, M., Baig, R., Dye, V. L., Hughes, J., Kendall, A., Lacey, C., O’Leary, M. and Smith, R. (2008) Space, Resistance and Identities: University-based Teacher Educators Developing a Community of Practice. Kimble, C. and Hildreth, P. (eds) (2008) Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing
  •  Hughes, J. Romance and history: Anya Seton’s The Winthrop Woman in Abrams, N. and Hughes, J. (2000) Containing America: Cultural production and consumption in fifties America. University of Birmingham Press; Birmingham
  • Hughes, J. (2009) Becoming an eportfolio teacher in Cambridge, D., Cambridge, B. and Yancey, K. (eds) Electronic Portfolios 2.0: Emergent Research on Implementation and Impact. Washington, DC: Stylus Publishing.
  • Hughes, J. (2010) 'But it's not just developing like a learner, it's developing as a person'. Reflections on e-portfolio-based learning.' in Sharpe, R., Beetham, H. and de Freitas, S.(eds) Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age. New York: Routledge
  • Hughes, J. (2015) Frivolity as Resistance? What do the dancing princesses and their shoes that were danced to pieces tell us about risk taking and the potential for pedagogic bungee jumping in FE classrooms? In Daley, M., Orr, K. & Petrie, J. (Eds.) (2015) Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. London: IoE Press
  • Hulme, M. and Hughes, J. (2006) E-learning dialogues in the process of becoming reflective practitioners in O’Donoghue, J. (ed.) Technology Supported Learning and Teaching: A Staff Perspective. Idea Group Inc; Hershey
  • Purnell, E. and Hughes, J. (2009) Exploring the use of e-portfolios and blogs to support the transition into HE for Foundation Degree students in Nutt, D. & Calderton, D. International perspectives on the first year experience in higher education (Monograph No 52)  Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center fot the First Year Experience and Students in Transition Practitioner Publications and Reports

 Conference Presentations

Invited Presentations

  • Hughes, J., Lacey, C. and Purnell, E. (2009) Using blogs and e-portfolios to support reflective writing and ePDP in Foundation Degree Students in a School of Education. European First Year Experience 2008 Conference Proceedings. Institute for Learning Enhancement, University of Wolverhampton.
  • Hughes, J., Lacey, C. and Wise, D. (2008) ‘Beyond Projects and Piloting – Embedding an Eportfolio in a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – an Innovation Too Far?’ Enhancing the Student Experience.Proceedings of the Third International Blended Learning Conference. Hertfordshire: University of Hertfordshire Press.
  • Hughes, J. and Purnell, E. (2008) Blogging for beginners? Using blogs and eportfolios in Teacher Education.  Sixth International Networked Learning Conference Proceedings, Halkidiki, Greece.

Previous professional experience

  • Acting Associate Dean for PCE Partnerships
  • Skills Funding Agency – Academic Consultant, working on Virtual Campus projects
  • JISC - Expert Consultant
  • Academic Consultant to ESCalate, HEA Subject Centre for Education
  • Manage and co-ordinate events with agencies such as CETTs, IfL and regional JISC.
  • Partnership Director, Principal Lectuer Post Compulsory Education
  • Senior Lecturer, Post Compulsory Education
  • Matthew Boulton College of Further and Higher Education Deputy Head, School of Professional Studies


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