My current role is the Head of the Education subject group. Previously I worked at Nottingham Trent University as a Partnership Manager with responsibility for developing links with external agencies to enhance the student academic experience. Prior to this I was the Programme Lead on a large Joint Honour's Programme within the School of Education
Previous roles include
Partnership Manager Undergraduate and Professional Education team, Nottingham Trent University
Undergraduate Programme Manager, Nottingham Trent University
Senior Lecturer - teaching on the Educational Development Strand
All Saints RC School - Teacher of Economics and Law, then Head of Department.
Clowne Comprehensive, Derbyshire - Teacher of Economics
My current group leader role involves me in supporting staff delivering Education Studies, Foundation Degree, BA Top Up in Education and Learning Support as well as staff from The Autism Centre. I also contribute to the Department and College strategic and operational decision making.
marketisation of higher education
Use of economic models to analyse higher education
contemporary issues in education
transition and academic skills
Social Sciences and Arts
A selection of recent papers include:
Byrom, T. and Lightfoot, N. (2011) Higher Education and Non-Traditional Students: Identity Transformation or an Act of Transgression? European Conference in Educational Research, Berlin, 12-16 September,
Byrom, T. and Lightfoot, N. (2011) Transformation Or Transgression Working Class Students and Higher Education Experiences. International Conference on Education, Samos, 7-9 July.
McCaig, C., & Lightfoot, N. (2019). Higher education, widening access and market failure: towards a dual pricing mechanism in England. Social Sciences, 8 (10), 268. http://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8100268
Byrom, T., & Lightfoot, N. (2013). Interrupted trajectories: the impact of academic failure on the social mobility of working-class students. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34 (5-6), 812-828. http://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2013.816042
Lightfoot, N. (2009). A view from the other side: Interpretations of widening participation by a post-1992 university. Improving Schools, 12 (3), 196-208. http://doi.org/10.1177/1365480209342618
McCaig, C., & Lightfoot, N. (2017). A dual pricing mechanism: modelling the English higher education market? In European Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2017, Copenhagen, 21 August 2017 - 24 August 2017. http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer-2017-copenhagen/
Lightfoot, N. (2015). Policy research: In defence of ad hocery? In Exploring Education at Postgraduate Level: Policy, Theory and Practice. (pp. 81-87).
member of the British Educational Research Association
member of the British Education Studies Association
External Examiner BA (Hons) Education Studies, Hull University