SWDTP Student Conference 2018 Keynote Profiles

“Get your cards right: The research-driven collaboration behind the XL-LAN (literacy & numeracy) project”

Kaydee Owen & Nicole Ilott


Nicole Ilott (project manager at charity XLP) and Kaydee Owen (Bangor University) will discuss the process of their collaboration on research on the XL-LAN project.

AbacusKaydee Owen is a PhD researcher at Bangor University, investigating how precision teaching methods can help “at risk” learners to improve their basic maths skill fluency. This project utilises evidence-based strategies such as Say-All-Fast-Minute-Every-Day-Shuffled (SAFMEDS). Through collaboration with the regional school effectiveness agency for North Wales (GwE), Kaydee has been able to conduct this research in 63 schools across the region; aiming to gain further insight into how teacher training and support can affect the outcomes of a fluency-based numeracy programme. Alongside her PhD, Kaydee has been involved with the XL-LAN (XLP literacy and numeracy) project; supporting the use of SAFMEDS with young people in London.

Nicole Illott leads the literacy and numeracy project at XLP, a London based charity working to create positive futures for young people.  XLP run a range of projects, including; educational support, mentoring, arts, sports and access to training and employment, all with the aim to see young people making positive choices.  The literacy and numeracy project (XL-LAN) has been working collaboratively with Bangor University over the past 18-months, using the evidence-based SAFMEDS approach.  The University’s expertise is helping the project thrive and young people in London make significant improvements in their literacy and numeracy skills.

“Working Collaboratively with Museums & Collections”

Nick Booth

Nick is Head of Collections at the SS Great Britain Trust. He has previously worked in University and Local Authority Museums, with diverse collections including Geology, Pathology, Archaeology, Social History and Art.

“Moving Beyond the Academic Article: Exploring the Potential of Visual and Creative Techniques for Engaging Diverse Audiences and Increasing Research Impact”

Dr Dawn Mannay

EqualityDawn Mannay is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences (Psychology) at Cardiff University. Her research interests revolve around class, gender, education, identity and inequality; and she employs participatory, visual and creative methods in her work with communities. Dawn was the Principal Investigator on a Welsh Government funded project exploring the educational experiences and aspirations of children and young people who are care experienced in Wales. She is currently working on a project to establish a community of practice to improve the educational experiences of children and young people – ExChange: Care and Education. Dawn edited a collection for the University Wales Press (2016), ‘Our changing land: revisiting gender, class and identity in contemporary Wales’; and wrote the sole authored text for Routledge (2016), ‘Visual, narrative and creative research methods: application, reflection and ethics’. Her most recent book with Tracey Loughran was published by Emerald in 2018 – ‘Emotion and the researcher: sites, subjectivities, and relationships’.