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Dr Anne Chappell
Head of Department / Reader - Education


Anne Chappell is the Head of Department and Reader in the Department of Education. Anne has been at Brunel University London in the Department since 2004 and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes, including Initial Teacher Education. Prior to this she worked in several secondary schools in London and the South-East of England with roles including Head of Year and Head of Physical Education. She studied Education, Physical Education and Science at West Sussex Institute of Higher Education, before completing a Master’s in Education at the University of Southampton and a PhD at Brunel University London. Anne is a Senior Fellow of Advance Higher Education (previously HIgher Education Academy).

Anne's research focuses on auto/biographical experiences and her particular interests are in education, policy, professionals, narrative methodologies and ethical exploration and representation. Anne is the co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Auto/Biography with Dr Julie Parsons, University of Plymouth. She has undertaken funded research with university students from widening participation backgrounds, commuting students and students from military families. She has also undertaken research with teachers at different career stages. She was Brunel's coordinator for the EU funded “Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence: Training for Sustainable Student Services (USVSV)” project.

Anne co-convenes the BSA's Auto/Biography Study Group: Auto/Biography Study Group ( with Dr Carly Stewart, Bournemouth University.

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University Roles

  • Head of Department (2021-present)
  • Divisional Lead, Department of Education (2018-2021)
  • Director of Teaching and Learning, Department of Education (2016-2018)

University Responsibilities and Committee Membership

  • Academic Practice and Professional Excellence Recognition Panel member;
  • Changing the Culture Working Group member;
  • Gender Mentoring Scheme mentor;
  • Qualitative Research Methods PGR Workshop Series convener;
  • Safeguarding Officer;
  • Safeguarding, Children and Vulnerable Groups Committee member; 
  • Senate (elected member 2019-2021).

Newest selected publications

Wainwright, E., Barker, J., Chappell, A. and McHugh, E. (2023) '‘On the high street’ tuition for primary-aged children in London: Critiquing discourses of accessibility, attainment and assistance.'. Education 3-13: the professional journal for primary education, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 0300-4279 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lebbakhar, A., Hoskins, K. and Chappell, A. (2022) 'Equality and diversity in secondary schools: teachers’ agentic and constrained enactments of the curriculum'. London Review of Education, 20 (1). pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 1474-8460 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ince, C., Chappell, A. and McHugh, E. (2021) 'University Students from Military Families: The Same but Different'. Place of publication: Brunel University London. Available at: Access Link


Chappell, A. (2020) 'Safe Practice, Risk Assessment and Risk Management', in Capel, S., Lawrence, J. and Cliffe, J. (eds.) A Practical Guide to Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School (third edition). Abingdon : Routledge. pp. 129 - 147. ISBN 13: 9780367183936.

Book chapter

Chappell, A., Wainwright, E., McHugh, E. and Gilhooly, K. (2020) 'The Experiences of Undergraduate Commuter Students'. Place of publication: Brunel University London.Open Access Link

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