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Centre for Learning Excellence
University of Bedfordshire
University Square
Luton, Bedfordshire

Maria Kukhareva

Education Developer

Maria Kukhareva

I have over fifteen years’ experience in the Higher Education sector; I have worked as a lecturer, researcher, academic tutor and learning developer. My professional and academic experience spans Education, Social science, Widening participation, Business and Linguistics.


  • BA  (Hons, 1st) Public Relations
  • MBA Marketing
  • Professional Doctorate in Leadership in Children’s and Young People’s services
  • FHEA

Professional memberships

  • British Education Research Association (BERA)
  • Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Widening Access, Student Retention and Success (WASRS), HEA

CLE Responsibilities

  • Design and delivery of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PgCTHE)
  • Supporting academic staff in their teaching and learning practice
  • Promoting and embedding technology-enhanced learning
  • Facilitating the running of the Professional Teaching scheme
  • Contributing to the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) project

Research and publications

My doctoral research focused on risk and resilience, and resilience framework as a holistic approach to complex realities and life journeys. It is still very much my research interest, alongside reflective pedagogies, learner identity; student agency; transitions and turning points.

I also have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research and collaborations, as well as the dynamic between criticality and creativity in the higher education curriculum. 

I have published work on history of childhood, participation in higher education and experiences of UK migrants. I have presented at seventeen conferences in the UK, Canada and Europe.

External roles

  • Critical reader, C4EO (Resilience resource)
  • Consultant, Queen’s University Belfast (Resilience for Postgraduate researchers)
  • TEDx Speaker, TEDx Bedford (Resilience)
  • Steering group member, ALDinHE
  • Chair, ALDinHE Research and Development working group

I spend my free time

Reading and taking photographs

Contact information

Bedfordshire University

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