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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. (2017) ‘Researching educational transition using ethnographySAGE Research Methods Cases . ISSN 9781473986749


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


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

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) ‘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

Administrative Responsibilities

Course Leader for MSc Psychology