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Rachel Strisino

Assistant Professor

Early Years Programmes


Room WCE1.7, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Westwood Campus

Rachel Strisino is an Assistant Professor on the Early Childhood programme at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the ECSDN Sustainability group and an External Examiner. Rachel’s early career was in Nurseries in the late 1990s which inspired her to embark on her BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies here at Warwick. Upon graduation, Rachel started to lecture at a local Further Education College where she worked with members of the local community at the Women’s Multi-refuge centre and Sure Start, supporting mainly women back into education. In 2008, Rachel became the programme lead at a partnership college for the Early Childhood Foundation degree at the University of Warwick, and for many years taught across both sites.

Rachel has also continued her own educational journey with Warwick by completing her teacher training and Masters in Childhood in Society. Whilst working on her MA, Rachel investigated the perceptions and interpretations of early years’ practitioners when working with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and the concept of ‘what is a child in the 21st Century’. Previously, Rachel has been part of a steering group which explored ways in which adult learners who engage with lifelong learning can be best supported to maintain motivation, success in assessment and well-being whilst studying. Her current research interest is exploring the relationship between the development of identity, lived experiences and environment of young refugee and asylum seeking children who are not in any early childhood care or education provision.

As an Assistant Professor, Rachel leads on a core modules across the Early Childhood Foundation and BA (Hons) degree. She is a dissertation supervisor for BA (Hons) and Masters level dissertations and personal tutor.

Publications and Conference Contributions

Jones, C. and Strisino, R. (2021) Interdisciplinarity and the Lifelong Learner: Celebrating Individual Stories and Collective Voices. 5th Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Warwick - 15th April 2021.