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UTC's Science Lead Awarded PhD

Congratulations to Dr. Lucie Golton, Subject Lead for Science at the UTC@MediaCityUK, who has been awarded a Doctorate in Education (EdD) from the University of Manchester. 

The focus of Lucie's research was on how teachers are using Twitter for their informal learning and how they build social networks to gain access to the information, knowledge and skills of others.

Lucie said: "I looked at how teachers used the tools such as Twitter to collect, store and share information, how they decided if what they found was credible and useable, and what they chose to share back into their network."

"The choice of topic developed over time, as I was always interested in how teachers picked up ideas from each other and put them into practice outside of formal professional development activities. I found that Twitter is just a bigger network to get those ideas from. 

"I can't say it was easy balancing the work, home and study, as much was completed during weekends and holidays. I had 'an arduous doctoral journey' according to my examiners who complimented me on my professionalism and persistence in the face of many challenges both inside and outside of my studies. I am proud that I didn't give up and that comes from not only my own curiosity and determination, but the pride when my family talked about my study. As a dyslexic, I'm also really proud of the 100,000 words I've written to get there with the help of an amazing study support coach and my supervisor Dr Drew Whitworth at the University of Manchester. "

"I always say to anyone considering a PhD or EdD,  you have to be passionate and curious about what you want to research, but finding the gap in knowledge and adding your own contribution is well worth it."

Congratulating Lucie Trust CEO Jane Fletcher said: 

It's really hard to undertake postgraduate study and work - so many congratulations and much respect for achieving this! Lucie is a really valued member of the Aldridge Team and we're thrilled for her and so glad she's part of the team.

The full title of Lucie's thesis is Building Professional Capital: Teachers' information literacy practices on Twitter.