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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

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Research Output

  • 13 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

The Other Side of Belonging

Healy, M., 23 Jan 2020, In : Studies in Philosophy and Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Downloads (Pure)

Examining the Ethical Environment in Higher Education

Richardson, M. & Healy, M., 9 Jul 2019, In : BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. p. 1089–1104 15 p., BERJ3552.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Friendship and Education

Healy, M., 23 Aug 2019, Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Peters, M. (ed.). 2019 ed. Singapore: Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Belonging, Social Cohesion and Fundamental British Values

Healy, M., 28 Aug 2018, In : BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES. 67, 4, 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
16 Downloads (Pure)

Patriotism and Loyalty

Healy, M., 2 Aug 2017, Handbook of Patriotism. Sardoc, M. (ed.). Springer, 36 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

6 Downloads (Pure)


An exploration of the perceptions of future ‘eminence’ among highachieving secondary schoolgirls, through ‘possible selves’ narratives

Author: Jackets, K., 30 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Shaughnessy, J. (Supervisor), Healy, M. (Supervisor) & Mahony, P. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis