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Dr Kimberley Horton

Kim Horton.JPGRole: Research Assistant

Institution: Cardiff University


Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 70977


After finishing a BA in Education at Cardiff University, I was a support worker working with adults with learning disabilities in the community. I was awarded a prestigious ESRC grant to study for an MSc in Social Science Research Methods and a PhD at Cardiff University. My thesis was titled 'The Narrative Construction of Dyslexic Identities in Adults' and I was awarded my PhD in July 2015.

Research Interests

I am interested in special educational needs (SEN), particularly dyslexia. I am also interested in qualitative research methods, including narrative methods and visual methods.

Current Research

I am currently working on the HEFCW funded WISERDEducation project into education and schools in Wales.


Smith, K. & Horton, K. L. Under Review. Educational Research and teaching in Wales: How do teachers in Wales engage research as a means to improve their practice? Teaching and Teacher Education

Horton, K. L. (2013) Establishing a baseline for Local Service Board scrutiny. Welsh Government Social Research.

Horton, K. L. (2012) Evaluation of Ignite 2009 – 2012. Report for Student Enterprise.


Conference presentations

Smith, K. & Horton, K. L. 2015. Educational research and teaching Wales. WISERD Annual Conference. July 2015. Cardiff University

Horton, K. L. 2014. Welsh pupils’ aspirations and expectations.  BERA Annual Conference. September 2014. London, IoE.

Horton, K. L. 2014. Welsh pupils’ plans for further education. ECER Annual Conference. September 2014. Porto, University of Porto.

Horton, K. L. 2014. What are Welsh pupils’ plans for further education?: WISERD Annual Conference, July 2014, Aberystwyth University.

Horton, K. L., Henwood, K. and Jones, R. (2012) “I’m not dizzy Natasha anymore, I have a condition”: The identity constructions of adults who identify as dyslexic. Moving Forward: The Use, Misuse and Abuse of Identity. June 2012. The University of Aberdeen, College of Arts and Social Sciences 9th Annual Postgraduate Conference

Horton, K. L., Henwood, K. and Jones, R. (2012) Rose and Ellie: Comparing narratives of change. Constructing Narratives of Continuity and Change. May 2012. Canterbury Christ Church University

Horton, K. L., Henwood, K. and Jones, R. (2011) Diagnosis: Dyslexia. Education, Identities and Social Inclusion. April 2011. Brunel University



Hopes and Dreams January 2014

What do you want to be when you grow up? August 2014 



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What does the future hold for languages in a post-Brexit UK?

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As the debates and scrutiny of the EU Withdrawal Bill continue, Aberystwyth University is hosting a conference tomorrow (21 September) on the implications of Brexit for language policy.


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8th September 2017

Work from WISERD’s Civil Society Research Programme featured prominently at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Annual Conference in Nottingham, September 7-8. The WISERD stand (pictured) did brisk business with high levels of interest from conference-goers.


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