Ms Lynn Richards

Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Family Communities

Email address: Phone number: 01902 32 3379 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Childhood, Family and Community


Lynn’s professional life began within the Department of Health and Social Security, in daily contact with the public, administering clients’ entitlement to state benefits. Subsequently, as a mother, Lynn worked in a number of part-time roles within the education sector, engaging with a variety of age ranges from 8-25 years: i) part-time youth worker for 18 years, engaged in youth club provision, outreach work with young parents, and counselling-style work and PHSE programmes in two secondary schools; ii) tutor within the Workers’ Education Association delivering programmes to parents wishing to become volunteers in local primary schools; iii) active volunteer engaged in the voluntary childcare sector, as Chair of a local playgroup, and forming strong links to the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA), for whom she was later employed to deliver PLA programmes to students out in the community, work in local playgroups, and to deliver equal opportunity training to PLA personnel iv) part-time play scheme worker where she managed permanent part-time play provision for 5–15 years olds for the local authority. Moving into full-time work within the field of Further Education, Lynn delivered childcare and education programmes such as CACHE and BTec, as well as heading up Access to Teacher Training, while working at Telford College of Arts and Technology; the Access programme was commended for its quality of provision. Lynn has been employed full-time at the University of Wolverhampton for almost 10 years as Senior Lecturer within the Childhood, Family and Community section of the Institute of Education. 

Research interests

Student engagement and Academic support.


Professional Doctorate in Education, EdD, Expected completion date - August 2017.



  • Richards, R.W. & Richards, L.M. (2013) Sponges do not make their own water: student engagement through dialogue and the development of reflective consciousness. Reflective Practice, 14 (6), pp.774-786.

Books/Book Chapters (include ISBN numbers)

  • Bennett,K., Mander, S. and Richards, L. (2016) Inclusive practice for families. in Brown, Z. (ed) Inclusive Education: Perspectives on pedagogy, policy and practice. London: Routeldge, pp. 48-61.
  • Richards, L. (2011) Bruner: the power of story and identity. in Waller, T., Whitmarsh. J. and Clarke, K. (eds) Making Sense of Theory and Practice in Early Childhood: the power of ideas. Maidenhead: OUP, pp.26-39. ISBN – 13: 978-033524246-7

Practitioner Publications and Reports

  • Rich Exchanges Idea of the Month: ‘Producing a radio broadcast at Level 4’. January 2015. By Lynn Richards, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Family and Community Studies in the Faculty of Education, Health and Well-Being with students Emma Knott and Elizabeth Herbert.

Previous professional experience

  • GTA mentor, 2014 - ongoing.
  • Course Leader for 3 undergraduate programmes, 2014 - ongoing.
  • Student Support Coordinator for School of Education, University of Wolverhampton (role held as part of Senior Lecturer position), 2007 to 2009.
  • Telford College of Arts and Technology, Lecturer in Early Years, 2001 to 2006.
  • Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology (part time), Lecturer on Pre-School Learning Alliance courses, 1998 to 2000.
  • Telford and Wrekin Council (part time)(previously Shropshire Education Department): youth worker - informal education of young people within youth clubs and schools; detached/ outreach work; project work, 1988 to 2000.
  • Teaching adults in the community, Workers’ Education Association (part time), 1998 to 2001.
  • Teaching adults in the community, Pre-School Learning Alliance (part time), 1996 to 1998.
  • Executive Officer, Department of Health and Social Security (Civil   Service), 1977 to 1981.