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Dr Thanda Mhlanga

Teaching Fellow

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Qualifications and awards Ph.D, MA, PGCE, TESOL, BA
Telephone +44 (0) 1784 414324

I have been involved in a range of teaching, training, lecturing, tutoring and management roles in the Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) sectors in the UK for nearly two decades. I was professionally reared in FE, a sector that has always been at the forefront of Widening Participation, Inclusion and giving students a second chance. So, I am passionate about raising the aspirations and educational attainment of students from non-conventional backgrounds, students from lower socio-economic groups, students that are usually marginalised and misunderstood because of the section of the population that they come from.

I have worked with students, lecturers, leadership teams and policymakers in different capacities in Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, London and the United Arab Emirates to facilitate an institution-wide inclusive habitus that ensures that all students, irrespective of their background, are visible and have a sense of belonging, thus are retained, progress and complete their programs successfully.

My expertise are in essay writing, dissertation writing, critical analysis and reflective writing skills, research methods, dissertation supervision, education and leadership and management theory. 

Research interests
  • Professional Identity Formation
  • Professions, Professionalisation, Professionalism & Deprofessionalisation
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisation Culture & Institutionalisation
  • Culture & Socialisation
  • Organisation Culture Change
  • Leadership & Management Theory
  • Managerialism
  • Power and Influence
  • In/equality, Marginalisation & Disadvantage
Publications and conference papers

Mhlanga, T. (2017) “A Critical Examination of Widening Participation Strategies in UK HE”, London.

Mhlanga, T. (2015) “Is Teaching a Profession or profession?” Presented at the 21st TESOL Arabia International Conference, Dubai, Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Mhlanga, T. (2015) “Middle Management: willing compliers, unwilling compliers, strategic compliers and principled mutineers”, Presented at the Teacher Leadership Academy, Dubai, Higher Colleges of Technology.

Mhlanga, T. (2014) “Methodology: Gatekeeping, Power, Goodwill and Access”, Reading.

Mhlanga, T. (2013) “The Construction of the Professional Identities of Middle Managers in Further Education: The perspectives of Experts in Educational Leadership and Management”, Reading.

Mhlanga, T. (2013) “Undertaking Insider Research: Issues and Challenges”, Reading. 

Mhlanga, T. (2013) “The Leadership-Management Debate: Lived Experiences of a Middle Manager in Further Education”, Presented to visiting academics from Kazakhstan, University of Reading.

Mhlanga, T. (2012) “Dancing and Wrestling with an Ethnographic Constructivist Interpretivist Methodological Approach”, Reading.