Staff Profiles


Dr Christian Beighton

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Postgraduate Programmes

Campus: 21 New Dover Road

Tel: 01227 923445

Profile summary

In education since 1991, I have worked in a variety of teaching and training roles in the UK and abroad, notably in Europe and the Middle East. Having occupied teaching posts in Further Education, higher education and private sector training and consultancy, my research interests currently draw on this experience and range from pedagogy and creativity in education settings to applications of aspects of continental philosophy to education theory and practice.  My teaching responsibilities currently focus on supervision (PhD, EdD, Masters by Research), research development, and teacher education.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am currently working with partnership research projects with universities in Palestine and the US. I also currently lead on a project developing responses to Covid 19 in research methodology as part of CCCU's Interdisciplinary Research Network

I  supervise and chair a wide range of Doctoral and Masters' projects, including 

Doctoral Supervision: recent completions (misc.) 

  • GenZ’s perceptions of factors impacting academic attainment and employment outcomes: an exploratory multiphase Q-methodology study
  • The Professional Learning of Academics in Higher Education: A Sociomaterial Perspective
  • Developing Resilience as a Policy Strategy: The Impact of Policy as Mediated by Ofsted
  •  A Study of How Middle Leaders in a Secondary School are Making Sense of Their Role in Relation to Teachers’ Professional Development

Doctoral Supervision: current (misc.)

  • Internationalization of Higher Education: Lived Experiences of International Students and Perspectives on the Global University.

  • Glossophobia in foreign language classes: psycho-educational perspectives
  • Sustaining neoliberal ideology: regulation, control and evaluation in FE inspection policy
  • Early Childhood Education Provision in Algerian Preschool Settings: An Investigation into ideologies
  • Assemblage theory and arts education management: a practice-based approach

Teaching and subject expertise

Over the years I have developed subject expertise in:

  • MFL (French)
  • Adult and Professional Learning 
  • Teacher training and education
  • Research development and academc publication
  • Doctoral supervision 

I am an Honorary National Fireams Instructor (NFI) and a fellow of the HEA. I also write the technical pages of the San Fairy Ann Cycling club magazine, "Milestone". 

External activities

My research work has been recognized externally be several national and international bodies. My work has been solicited for (re)publication here and in France, the US and Australia. I have presented twice at the National Policing Conference based on my work with policing in Jordan and Kent. In 2018, I gave a keynote address at the CCCU Annual Teaching and Learning Conference on Partnership in Learning and the co-creation of knowledge. Other invitations include to Birmingham University to present on Gilles Deleuze, and to undertake research grant assessment for the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. I am currently PI on a research project involving  partner universities in three continents and the collator for a research project on the effects of Covid 19.

Publications and research outputs

  • Kemiche, Z. & Beighton, C. (2021 in press) “It’s like very white-winged”: Students’ perceptions of Racism and Internationalisation in UK Higher Education. Journal for CEPS.
  • Beighton, C. (2021) Language Learning in Crisis: A dangerous question?
  • Beighton, C. (2020) Pandemic panic: Covid and the Claustropolitan university?

  • Beighton, C. (2020) “A cumulative and alienating pattern of repeated slights and insults”: Racism, Internationalization and Ethical Vacuity in UK Higher Education. Journal for CEPS, 18 (3).   
  • Beighton, C. (2020) Xenolexia’s Positivity: the Alterity of Academic Writing and its Pedagogical Implications. Teaching in HE
  • Beighton, C. (2020) Beyond alienation: spatial implications of teaching and learning academic writing, Teaching in HE, 25:2, 205-222
  • Beighton, C. (2019) Reasoning with Qualitative Data: Using Retroduction with Transcript Data, Sage Research Methods 
  • Beighton, C. (2018) A Transversal University? Criticality, Creativity and Catatonia in the Globalised pursuit of Higher Education Excellence in Cole, D. R. and Bradley, J.P.N. Principles of Transversality in Globalisation and Education, Springer. Pp. 47-66
  • Beighton, C. and Revell, L. (2018) Implementing the Prevent Strategy in England: British Values and the Semiotisation of discourse and practice in Further Education.  Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
  • Beighton, C. (2018) Critical Ethnography: Investigating practice in Police Firearms Training, Sage Research Methods
  • Beighton, C. (2017) Telling Ghost Stories with the Voice of an Ogre: Deleuze, Identity, and Disruptive Pedagogies, Issues in Teacher Education 26 (3) 111-127
  • Beighton, C. (2017) Groundhog day?  Nietzsche, Deleuze and the eternal return of prosumption in lifelong learning. Journal of Consumer Culture, 17 (3): 695-712
  • Beighton C. (2017) Closed circuit? Flow, influence and the liquid management of learning and skills, Discourse: Studies in the CPE, 38 (4): 603-618
  • Beighton, C. (2016) Payback time? Discourses of lack, debt and the moral regulation of teacher education, Discourse: Studies in the CPE, 37:1, 30-42

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