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Clare Mawson

Research Assistant
Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence

Clare provides research support to our Educational Engagement Fellows; this varies from being a critical friend to hands on project assistance. Her wider work with Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) involves being involved in the organisation of the Belonging and Success Research group and supporting with the Compassionate Curriculum Network.

Before joining LITE, she had many years’ experience of mentoring students from widening participation backgrounds. Clare has also developed education initiatives within the community to enable children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to remain engaged with learning. This work was recognised in 2019 by HRH Princess Anne.

Her previous roles include Academic Engagement Manager at Leeds University Union, where she supported policy development to develop students as partners in their education and developed robust student representation across faculties.

Beyond LITE, Clare is using her Social Science expertise to complete her PhD which investigates the contribution that working-class students make to medical education.  Research interests include widening participation to education; working class culture; autism and gender; and intersectional social inequalities in education.

Clare has a passion for developing inclusive learning communities and understanding how under-represented groups enhance the university experience for all.