Mary Healy

Mary Healy


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Personal profile


I am Head of Year 3 and a Senior Lecturer on the BA Education undergraduate programme. Before coming to Roehampton, I taught in a primary school, specialising in SEN and Philosophy for Children. I have worked in a variety of schools from inner city to the leafy suburbs, from large, four class entry parallel classes to single mixed-age classes, from faith schools to secular schools.

My research crosses many areas in citizenship and social connectedness, from personal friendship to social cohesion. In recent years, I have undertaken research into the use of Patchwork Text and written on identity and belonging within the European context, both with my colleague Mary Richardson. I also write on loyalty and belonging and am very interested in the use of literature and metaphor as methods of research.


B.Ed (Hons); M.A (Ed); PhD

Research interests

Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Friendship

Social Cohesion and Images of Belonging

Loyalty: Civic and Personal

Conceptual Metaphor Theory

The Ethical Environment in HE

Children's Literature

Professional affiliations

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (Development Committee)


  • Aims of Education (Y1)
  • Children's Literature and Literacy (Y2) (module leader)
  • Classroom Learning and Behaviour (Y2) (module leader)
  • Dissertation (Y3) (module leader)
  • Independent Study (module leader)
  • Values in Education: Social Philosophy (Y3) (module leader)
  • Values in Education (MA Education module)
  • Supervisor on EdD