Prof. Eleni Skourtou

Dr. Eleni Skourtou teaches Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Education at the Department of Primary Education / University of the Aegean. She is the director of the Language, Literature & Folks Culture Lab at the same department.
She has studied Sciences of Education (Erziehungswissenschaften) in Frankfurt / Germany (Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität) and she holds a PhD from the same university in bilingual education.
Her main research interests are language education, second language learning, bilingualism and education of minority children; literacy / orality / multiliteracies, text & meaning making. Her actual research and commitment are in the field of Roma children education and of refugees (children and adults) education.
Recently (2018), Eleni Skourtou spent a semester as Visiting Research Scholar at the City University New York (CUNY) / Graduate Center. During the same time, she was invited to talk at the Harvard University, the University of Yale (USA) and at the University of Toronto (Canada). Read More
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Fiona Shelton

Fiona Shelton has worked in the field of education for 25 years as a primary school teacher, teacher educator, curriculum designer and currently she works as Dean of Students and Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Derby. In 2019, Fiona received the prestigious National Teaching Fellow award which celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession. Research interests are in the field of education ranging from gender and education, arts and education and the use of narrative inquiry to understand educational experiences. Her Masters dissertation focussed on co-creation of the English National Curriculum involving a national study with teachers across the nine government regions in the UK and their experiences of the development of the curriculum in 2008.  Her current research for her doctoral degree is a narrative inquiry which explores the lived experiences of former pupils in primary schools and analyses the impact of educational policy on their everyday experience of school. Read More


Dr. Frances Maratos

Frances is an Associate Professor and Reader in Emotion Science. For the past 20 years, her research has centred on understanding psychological, neurological, cognitive and physiological correlates of emotional well-being. In particular, her research has contributed to understanding anxiety and its relationship with eating disorders, understanding processes of threat and self-criticism, and the use of compassion for emotion-regulation across various populations. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in these specific areas, as well as several book chapters. In recent years, she has become a key individual within the compassion in schools movement, and is currently serving as a consultant on UK ‘Mindfulness Initiative Education Strategy’ policy. In her keynote, Frances will provide an overview of the international Compassion in Schools research programme. This 3 year funded research includes initiating, co-ordinating, progressing and evaluating well-being effects of compassionate mind training with both educators and their pupils. Read More