University of Huddersfield


Based in the North of England and right at the heart of the local community, the University of Huddersfield helps thousands of people, from school leavers to those returning to education after a gap, to achieve their goals each year. We have more than 19,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across seven diverse academic schools: Applied Sciences; Art, Design and Architecture; Business; Computing and Engineering; Education and Professional Development; Human and Health Sciences and Music, Humanities and Media.

We are proud to have been recognised as a gold-rated university by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising our commitment to world-class teaching and success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (Higher Education Academy, 2017). We have an impressive record for graduate employment, with 95.9% of our undergraduate and 94.8% of postgraduate students in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2015/16).

HudCRES – the Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society – is the overarching research centre of the School of Education and Professional Development. Researchers across our three research groups, Policy; Pedagogy; and Professional Identities have established a reputation for the delivery of world leading and internationally excellent educational research. Our research critically analyses educational practice and policy, informing professional and pedagogic practice as well as social and educational policy at international, national and regional levels.

We have received funding from a variety of external sources including the UK Research Councils’ Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), RCUK, Erasmus+, the Gatsby Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust, as well as from local authority partners in the region. Much of our research has involved processes of co-production with local authorities, third sector organisations and other funders, and has so had clear implications and applications for practice, professional development and policy making.

Professor Helen Lomax
Project Coordinator
Helen is Professor of Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield and Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton. Helen’s research explores the everyday lives of children, young people and families. As well as co-ordinating the CyGen project, Helen is co-investigator on a multi-disciplinary RCUK funded project on landscapes and wellbeing and has led and co-led ESRC & AHRC funded creative participatory research with children and communities. Helen’s publications bring together interests in participatory methodology, visual culture and research ethics. Recent publications include Lomax, H (2017) Participatory visual methods for understanding children's lives in marginalized neighborhoods (Sage Cases) and (with Professor Janet Fink) ‘Sharing images, spoiling meanings? class, gender, and ethics in visual research with girls’ in Girlhood Studies (2016). Helen leads this Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project which brings together expertise from four European countries to co-design educational resources with children to support their online safety.
Charlotte Oliver
Charlotte is our newly appointed Cy-Gen postgraduate researcher. Awarded a competitive Doctoral Training Alliance scholarship for Social Policy, Charlotte joined the project in October 2017. Charlotte is supervised by Professor Helen Lomax and Dr Lisa Russell, at the University of Huddersfield. Charlotte’s project will focus on using participatory methodologies with children to explore their experience of digital literacy education in the classroom, compared to their digital use practises at home and elsewhere. Since 2007 Charlotte has worked for a number of organisations, government departments and universities, specialising in creative participatory methodologies with children and young people. Beginning her work as a youth participant herself for Knowsley Metropolitan Council, before moving on to become a Research lead for organisations such as, Youth Action North West. Over the past decade Charlotte has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience on the topic of youth participation and engagement. In 2012 Charlotte obtained a First Class Ba (Hons) in Community Leadership from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan , She then continued at UCLan to complete a postgraduate qualification in Religion, Culture and Society, before joining the team at Huddersfield to complete her PhD. Charlotte’s areas of interests include participatory research theory, creative methodologies with young people, digital methodologies, qualitative methodologies, education and digital engagement. For updates about Charlotte’s research follow Charlotte Oliver