Dr Helen Bovill

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  • Qualifications:PhD. PostGraduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education and Training and in Early Childhood Studies. BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy, First Class. Senior Fellow HEA.
  • Position:Associate Professor and Associate Head of Department Research and Scholarship
  • Department:ACE - Education and Childhood
  • Telephone:+4411732 84152
  • Email:Helen2.Bovill@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Helen is Associate Professor and Associate Head of Research and Scholarship in the Department of Education and Childhood. She co-convenes the research group BRIDGE

Helen is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. This is supported by 18 years' experience in the higher, and further education sector.

Helen's research includes:

  1. Gender, sexuality, and gender based violence. 
  2. Relationship, Sex and Health Education. 
  3. Learner and professional identity, lifelong learning, widening participation and social justice in and through education.

For full resources from the UWE inclusive campus social norms campaign SpeakUp, which may be used or adapted for your own institution, please go HERE where you will find detials for a Bystander Programme of resources. Acknowledge as either: Bovill, H., (or Mackay, F.) McCartan, K., Waller, R., Miguel Lazaro, A., Carrie, S. and Smith, T. (2018) SpeakUp. Bristol. UWE. In collaboration with UWE students, UWE Student Union, Uwe staff and external stakeholders; Bristol Zero Tolerance, Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, and Stand Against Racism and Inequality.

Helen predominantly teaches/supervises post-graduates at UWE. 

Director of Studies

  • Joanne Seal. 'Does Experience in Compassionate Pedagogy in PG Nursing Lead to Compassionate Practitioners?' Educational Doctorate.
  • Ben Davey. 'A Case Study of the Shifting i-Positions in Teacher Professional Identity.' Educational Doctorate.
  • Laura Manison-Shore. 'Exploring the Narratives of Female Trainee Teachers. Is Teaching a Classed and Gendered Profession?' Educational Doctorate.
  • Michael Horsewell. 'A Series of Anarcho-Queer Engagements about Teacher Identity.' Educational Doctorate.
  • Annette Garvey. 'Can you hear my voice? Navigating the passage from adolescent pregnancy to early motherhood in Uganda: An Interpretative Study.' Educational  Doctorate.
  • Nina Bambrey. 'The role of attachment and attunement in adult/child relationships in a Self Managed Learning College.' Professional Doctorate.


  • Georgie Ford. 'Mental Health within Further Education - Whose Role is it Anyway?' Professional Doctorate.
  • Louise Pennell. 'A critical exploration of professional identity amongst Welsh university lecturers in STEM.' Educational Doctorate. 

Helen has supervised six students to doctoral completion. She is an editorial board member for the 'Journal of International Women's Studies' and peer reviews for 'Journal of Sexual Aggression', 'Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning', 'International Journal of Lifelong Education' and 'British Educational Research Journal'. Helen contributes to international and national conferences and is happy to talk about her work in relevant forums.

Area of expertise

Gender and sexuality based violence and intitiatives to counter this. Relationship, Sex and Health Education. Social Justice, Equality and Diversity, sociological understandings of inequality, social policy and educational research. .


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