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Alison Feeney

Personal details

Alison FeeneyName: Alison Feeney

Qualifications: M. Ed. (SEN) (1997); AMBDA status awarded (Specialist Teacher of Dyslexic Children) (1995); Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (2004)

Job title: Senior Lecturer (Special Educational Needs and Inclusion and NASC Programme Leader)

Email: alison.feeney@cumbria.ac.uk

Phone: 01524 384432

Academic interests

Academic interests

  • Vulnerable children and their social, emotional and behavioural needs
  • Accessing pupil voice
  • Use of research by SENCos in schools and impact of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination

Recent external roles

  • External Examiner, Liverpool John Moores University (September 2013 – present)

Research activity

Current projects

  • Currently developing research around accessing pupil and parent voice

Selected outputs


  • Bradbury, B., Feeney, A. & Gager, E.A. (2010) ‘Hearing the voice of the child: ensuring authenticity’ in Hallett, F. & Hallett, G. (2010), ‘Transforming the Role of the SENCO: Achieving the National Award for SEN Coordination’ Buckingham, Open University Press (lead writer)

  • Feeney, A., Gager, E.A. & Hallett, G. (2010) ‘The transformative nature of the special school placement: reporting ‘insistent’ data from emerging teachers and exploring an agenda for future research’ Support for Learning 25(4), pp.159-163 (sole writer, co-researcher)


  • Feeney, A., Gager E.A. & Hallett, G. ‘The Purpose of School Placements: a case study of the perceptions of trainee teachers towards their experiences in mainstream and specialist schools’ at The European Conference on Educational Research (Gothenburg, 10.09.08)

  • Feeney, A., Gager E.A. & Hallett, G. ‘Meeting Children’s Learning Needs: a case study approach to the introduction of a Post Graduate Certificate module, using practitioner research’, at The European Conference on Educational Research (Gothenburg, 12.09.08)

  • Feeney, A., Hallett, G. & Gager, E. A., ‘Special School Placements in Initial Teacher Education: An examination of the Attitudes of Students and Tutors to such placements’ at The European Conference on Educational Research (Helsinki, 27.08.10)

  • Feeney, A. & Gager, E. A., ‘Hearing the Voice of the Child: Ensuring Authenticity’: reporting the results of research at The European Conference on Educational Research (Berlin, 14.09.11)