Research Centre for Learning and Teaching

Staff Profile

Lucy Tiplady

Senior Research Associate


My research interests include children and young people's wellbeing and engagement in learning, outdoor learning and co-produced, participatory and visual research methods.  Working collaboratively with schools and the wider education community has led to exploration of how research methods can be used as tools for enquiry to aid practitioner and student learning and in how alternative learning environments can increase wellbeing and address educational disadvantage. 

Having worked as a researcher within the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT) in ECLS since 2005 and as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator across numerous projects, I have developed a wealth of experience in bid-writing, research design, literature reviews, qualitative, quantitative, visual and participatory research methods, data analysis, project management, reporting research findings, engagement and impact.

I am co-convenor of the North East Outdoor Learning Research hub, member of the Newcastle University Social Justice Advisory Group and HaSS Play Research Network and manage the CfLaT Research Tea programme, securing a diverse range of presenters including staff, postgraduate students and invited speakers from academia and practice. 


Current research

  • SCIREARLY HORIZON-CL2-2021-TRANSFORMATIONS-01-04: Addressing poor learning outcomes in basic skills and early school leaving at national, regional and local level in Europe, 2022-2025, Co-Investigator
  • Breeze Forest School network: co-producing change in schools to support children and young people’s wellbeing and engagement in education, Principal Investigator


Previous research

  • ESRC Covid-19 Rapid Response: VOICES project - Children and young people living in poverty: Covid-19 needs and policy implications, Co-Investigator
  • Natural History Society of Northumbria: How to be a young North East Naturalist evaluation, Principal Investigator
  • EC Erasmus: Collaborative Re-Design with Schools - CoReD
  • Child Poverty Action Group: Evaluating the Cost of the School Day Project
  • Catherine Cookson Foundation: Developing outdoor learning: how and why are schools developing provision? Principal Investigator
  • Scotswood Garden: Researching the impact of the Breeze Forest School Project, Principal Investigator
  • Newcastle Social Justice Fund: Forest School for wellbeing: addressing children and young people’s mental health, Principal Investigator
  • Newcastle University Institute for Social Science: School-community partnership to improve children’s well-being: researching the impact of a school-community Forest School project, Principal Investigator
  • ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Co-production fund: Impacting on young people's emotional wellbeing: a Forest School intervention, Principal Investigator
  • Catherine Cookson Foundation: Impacting on the wellbeing of Post Looked After Children - Breeze (a Forest School intervention), Principal Investigator
  • EC: ITELab (Initial Teachers Education Lab) knowledge alliance project, Co-Investigator
  • EC FP7: Improving Progress for Lower Achievers through Formative Assessment in Science and Mathematics Education (FaSMEd), Co-Investigator
  • AHRC: Co-curate North East - creating sustainable routes for North East communities to
  • digitally transform and co-produce open cultural resources
  • Mentor UK: Just For A Laugh evaluation, Principal Investigator
  • Bedlington Station First School and Creative Partnerships Case Study, Principal Investigator
  • Creative Partnerships: Creating purpose, permission and passion for outdoor learning
  • Exploring the fitting of practice to context at Oakfields Community College 
  • Links into Languages - Enquiry Networks
  • Learning to Learn in Schools Phase 4 Evaluation
  • An evaluation of the DCSF Extended Schools Subsidy Pathfinder
  • Helen Hamlyn Foundation Open Future Evaluation
  • Developing formative assessment using ICTs in education
  • Facilitating participation in the design process at Seaham College
  • Seaview Primary - Creative Partnerships
  • An evaluation of the DfES Full Service Extended Schools (FSES) Initiative
  • An evaluation of the Scottish Executive Activating Children’s Thinking Skills (ACTS) Project in East Ayrshire. 


I currently teach Forest School practice, theory and research to postgraduate students as part of EDU8046 Innovative Pedagogies.