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About Karin Crawford

Karin is an Associate Lecturer with the International Business School. Prior to moving to work part-time, Karin was the inaugural Head of the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute at the University of Lincoln. Karin has extensive experience in leadership and management in higher education, she has undertaken a range of research, both in education and in health and social care, which was Karin's discipline earlier in her career. Karin has authored and co-authored a number of books, many of which are now published in their second or third editions. Her publication record also includes a range of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters that report on Karin’s research work. Over her teaching career, Karin has worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students, full-time and part-time learners, with lengthy experience of supporting students who are studying part-time through on-line and distance learning programmes. Karin is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Principal Fellow (PFHEA) — Higher Education Academy, 2016
  • ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management — Institute of Leadership and Management, 2014
  • Doctor of Education – Educational Research and Development (Ed D) — University of Lincoln, 2009
  • Masters degree in Education MA (Ed) — The Open University, 2005
  • Advanced Award in Social Work — East Pennine Consortium/General Social Care Council, 2005
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessing Professional Development Award — Staff Educational Development Association, 2004
  • Diploma in Social Work and Diploma in Higher Education — University of Humberside (CCETSW - GSCC), 2003
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Course Design in Higher Education (PGCE) — The Open University, 2003
  • Certificate in post-experience Management — University of Humberside, 1993
  • Post-qualifying Certificate in Care of Older People — University of Humberside (CCETSW/ENB), 1993
  • BA Social Science — The Open University, 1992
  • Registered Nurse (SRN - pin number now lapsed) — UK Nursing and Midwifery Council, 1983


2017-2021 External Examiner - University of Portsmouth - Professional Doctorate in Education --- 2017 - 2021 External Examiner - University of Chichester - MA Education --- 2014 - 2019 External Examiner - Open University (delivered by Havering College of Further and Higher Education) MA Critical Studies and Education --- 2013 - 2014 External Examiner - Liverpool John Moores University - MA Social Work --- 2012 - 2014 External Examiner - Edge Hill University - BA (Hons) Social Work --- 2012 - 2013 Health and Social Care National Strategic Advisory Group - Peason/EdExcel A-Level development programme --- 2012 - 2013 External consultant to new service self-evaluation HomeStart Lincoln --- 2012 - 2017 Academic Associate - HIgher Education Academy --- 2011 - 2014 - Trustee (with particular responsibility for safeguarding) on Board of Trustees HomeStart Lincoln --- 2009 - 2013 - Editorial Board Member of the journal ‘Innovations in Education and Teaching International’ --- 2009 - 2013 - Member of Staff and Educational Development Association National Scholarship, Research and Evaluation Committee --- 2009 - 2013 External Examiner - University of Bradford - MSc Professional Studies (Work Based Learning) and MA Integrated emergency management --- 2006 - 2014 - Editorial Board Member of the journal ‘Practice: Social Work in Action’ (Routledge) a journal of the British Association of Social Workers --- 2006 - 2011 External Examiner - University of Leeds, Lifelong Learning Centre, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies --- 2007 - 2011 External Examiner - University of Strathclyde - PG Diploma/ Master of Community Care --- 2006 - 2012 Joint Book Reviews Editor for Practice: Social Work in Action (Taylor & Francis) - journal of the British Association of Social Workers --- 2009 External panel member for University of Derby, National Professional Standards for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (HEA accredited) approval panel. --- 2008 Academic Subject Advisor on University of Derby revalidation of BA (Hons) Applied Social Care, Health and Community Studies --- Peer and Book Reviewer for the following journals at different periods over the last 10 years: Practice: Social Work in Action; European Journal of Social Work; Social Work Education; British Journal of Social Work; Research, Policy and Planning; International Journal for Academic Development; International Studies in Educational Administration, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership; Critical Reader for Research in Practice (RiP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)

Research Interests

  • Critical Realism

  • Education

  • Emancipatory Methods

  • higher education

  • Higher Education Academic Practice

  • International Perspectives

  • Life Trajectories

  • Narrative Methods

  • Pedagogical Research

  • Professional Development

Research Projects

  • Research Higher — awarded £80000 by NCOP LincHigher in 2018
  • Explaining the Gaps — awarded £40000 by NCOP LincHigher in 2017
  • Pilot to evaluate measures of Learning Gain — HEFCE in 2015
  • Development of an Academic Intern Scheme — awarded £10000 by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in 2015
  • Pedagogies of Partnership: What Works — Higher Education Academy in 2014
  • Post graduate experience project — HEFCE in 2012
  • First steps – an exploration of the practice of newly qualified social workers in child protection — awarded £1339 by University of Lincoln (College of Social Science) in 2012
  • Academic Identities — awarded £2900 by University of Lincoln (College of Social Science) in 2012
  • Embedding Open Educational Resources – leading one of six institutional projects funded by the HEA — awarded £5000 by Higher Education Academy in 2012
  • Mayo Children’s Initiative (MCI), County Mayo, R.of Ireland Evaluation of MCI project (Phase two) –Stevenson, H. Crawford, K. and Karran, T. — awarded £30000 by Mayo Children’s Initiative (Atlantic Philanthropies) in 2011
  • Communities in Care: A scoping review to establish the relationship of community to the lives of looked after children and young people Hicks, L. (PI), Simpson, D., Mathews, I., Crawford, K. and Koort — awarded £31000 by Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2011
  • Teaching Development Grant Enjoyment to Employment – Crawford, K. (Principal Investigator)., Mathews, I. and Simpson, D. — awarded £7000 by Higher Education Academy in 2011
  • Mayo Children’s Initiative (MCI), County Mayo, R. of Ireland. Evaluation of MCI project (Phase one) - Stevenson, H., Crawford, K., Karran, T. and Hicks, L. — awarded £65000 by Mayo Children’s Initiative (Atlantic Philanthropies) in 2010
  • Students as Mentors: Changing the next Generation Crawford, K. (project lead), Simpson, D. and Mathews, I. — awarded £5000 by The Higher Education Academy; Social Policy and Social Work Subject Centre in 2009
  • Creative analysis of National Student Survey data and collaborative research to inform good practice in assessment feedback Crawford, K., Hagyard, A. and Saunders, G. — awarded £15000 by The Higher Education Academy; Social Policy and Social Work Subject Centre in 2008
  • Integrating Children’s Perspectives in Policy-making to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion Experienced by Single Parent Families: A Transnational Comparative Approach — EC Second Transnational Exchange Programme (VP/2004/004) in 2005
  • Training for enhancing the skills to provide social services in Romania — European Profiles S.A. Consortium, Athens, Greece in partnership with Louis Berger on Phare project in 2003

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Recognition Reference PR112148