Research Centre for Learning and Teaching

Staff Profile

Lydia Wysocki

Research Associate



  • PhD in Education (Newcastle University, thesis submitted Dec 2023)
  • Master's in Education (MEd, Newcastle University 2010)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA, 2007)
  • BA in History (University of York, 2003), which included an exchange year at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Current memberships and affiliations:

  • British Educational Research Association (member)
  • American Educational Research Association (member)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UKPSF D3)
  • Newcastle University's Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (core member)
  • Founder of Applied Comics Etc, a small organisation for comics and research projects.


Ongoing and proposed projects

Completed projects

  • VOICES project - Children and young people living in poverty: Covid-10 needs and policy implications (Co-I, working with PI Liz Todd and team; ESRC Covid-19 Rapid Response)
  • Accelerating collaborations between comics creators and researchers (PI; ESRC IAA ABC)
  • Research and comics seminar series (PI, working with Jorge Catala-Carrasco and Mel Gibson; NU Institute of Social Science)
  • Patient information comics with the Great North Children's Hospital (Co-I with Janice McLaughlin, working with clinical teams at GNCH; GNCH Foundation)
  • Freedom City Comics (Overall project lead: Matthew Grenby).
  • work with Children North East to extend the evaluation of their work Poverty Proofing the School Day (PI: Liz Todd, with Laura Mazzoli-Smith)
  • InHarmony evaluation with Sage Gateshead (PI: Karen Laing)
  • ROMtels Erasmus project (PI: Heather Smith). 


Teaching experience

  • EDU3002 (contributor to BA Education module since 2017)
  • 2020/21 - HSS8007 team-taught module as part of Faculty PGR provision
  • Supervision of M-level students in ECLS
  • Professional Standards Advisor for academic staff applying for UKPSF D1-D3 (2015-2022)
  • 2013 Deputy course leader, CASAP course for academics visiting Newcastle University
  • 2011-2015 Contributing teacher for CASAP Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice, Newcastle University
  • 2008-2009 Module Leader for undergraduate English majors at Southeast University, Nanjing
  • 2007 English language summer school teacher, Greenwich, London