Portrait of Dr Lynda Turner Dr Lynda Turner

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l.turner@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472936


I joined the university in 2005 and am currently a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MSc Psychology. I was in the finance industry for seventeen years before making a career change into teaching.  I worked in Further Education with Access, A level and GCSE students but my interest in writing and research eventually led me to a career in academia.

Research and Scholarship

Research interests

I am interested in socio-cultural explanations for human behaviour with a particular focus on learning and development. My doctorate focused on student transition into Higher Education and I am currently using Communities of Practice theory to understand the relationship between identities and community participation. I also have experience in mental health and therapeutic approaches and am qualified in bereavement counselling.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Turner, L. and Tobbell, J. (2017) ‘Learner Identity and Transition; an Ethnographic Exploration of Undergraduate TrajectoriesJournal of Further and Higher Education . ISSN 0309-877X


Turner, L. and Tobbell, J. (2016) ‘Researching educational transition using ethnographySage Research Methods Cases Education Project .


Turner, L (2015) ‘Identity and transition into Higher Education: an exploration of the synthesis between prior and emerging learner identities’. In: EDULEARN15: 7th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 6-8th July 2015, Barcelona, Spain


Tobbell, J. and Turner, L. (2014) ‘Transforming pedagogy: an exploration of the relationship between academic performance and participation in professional activity in H.E. students’. In: BERA Annual Conference, 23rd-25th September 2014, Institute of Education, London

Turner, L. and Tobbell, J. (2014) ‘Hide and seek: how implicit and explicit practices shape learner identity during transition to Higher Education’. In: BERA Annual Conference, 23rd-25th September 2014, Institute of Education, London

Turner, L. and Tobbell, J. (2014) ‘How practices shape identity: an exploration of transition for undergraduate psychology students’. In: HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey, 30th April - 1st May 2014, University of Edinburgh


Turner, L (2012) An ethnographic study of transition in to Higher Education for undergraduate psychology students Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.


Turner, L (2009) ‘“Thrown in at the deep end and it’s sink or swim for us”: Students Talking About Transition To University’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 23rd March - 2nd April 2009, University of Huddersfield


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Research Degree Supervision

  • Teaching and learning relationships in Higher Education (completed)
  • The learning experiences of post graduates in the Applied Sciences
  • Identity changes and the learning experiences of engineering students during and after their placement year
  • ‘Growth mindset’ in primary school
  • Children’s experiences of outdoor play
  • Musicians and identity
  • Communication between family carers and people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease who are participating in a community arts programme
  • The experiences of family carers of people with mental health issues

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Lynda Turner


MSc by Research


MSc by Research

Administrative Responsibilities

Course Leader for MSc Psychology