Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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Dr Rebecca O'Rourke

Senior Teaching Fellow

I am Deputy Director of the Clinical Education programme, which offers a Postgraduate Certificate and Master of Education in Clinical Education. My core work is with the LIME New and Early Career Research Group. I specialise in academic writing development, providing staff and PGR students with guidance on thesis writing and publications.

Research Interests

My research interests are in writing, adult education as a social movement and adult education policy. My interest in writing stems from working in formal and informal education, in adult basic education, creative writing and academic literacy. My interest in adult education as a social movement and policy is rooted in organising, developing and delivering adult education in various settings, including higher education.


Senior Lecturer in Continuing Education

Key Publications


  • O'Rourke RK, Creative Writing: Education, culture and community (NIACE, 2005), 160p

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke RK, ‘Living the writing: Gendering local cultures of writing’, Women's Studies International Forum, 25.2 (2002), 235-246
    DOI: 10.1016/S0277-5395(02)00233-9

  • O'Rourke RK, Hunter L, ‘The values of community writing’, Soundings, 12.12 (1999), 144-152


  • O'Rourke RK, ‘Men in United Kingdom adult and community education: the politics of practice and pedagogy’, in Gender, Maculinities and Lifelong Learning, ed. by Bowl M and others (London: Routledge, 2012), 82-94

  • O'Rourke RK, Pearse J, Ross J, Tinman A, ‘Wordpower and the publishing of student writing’, in Insights from Research and Practice, ed. by Herrington M and Kendall A (Leicester: NIACE, 2005), 338-350

Conference Papers

  • Bajanki S, Kaufold K, Le Bek A, Dimitrova V, Lau L, O‚ÄôRourke R, Walker A, ‘Use of Semantics to Build an Academic Writing Community Environment’, in Artificial Intelligence in Education, Building Learning Systems that Care: From Knowledge Representation to Affective Modelling, ed. by Dimitrova and others (IOS Press, 2009), 357-364 14th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education

  • Armstrong PF, Coles J, O'Rourke RK, Zukas M, ‘An Interrupted Conversation’

  • O'Rourke RK, Zukas M, ‘Exploring disciplinary and pedagogic identities in the teaching of writing’, in What a difference a pedagogy makes: researching lifelong learning and teaching (What a difference a pedagogy makes: researching lifelong learning and teaching, 2005)

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