Dr Debra Cureton


Dr Debra Cureton is the Associate Professor of Equity in Learning and Teaching and is based in the Doctoral College at the University of Wolverhampton. Through this role she supports the ongoing development of the University’s Doctoral College.  Her role focuses on individual development and equality of experience for both University staff and students.  This involves supporting the development of researchers at all stages of their careers, through the provision of development programmes that relate to Vitae’s Research Development Framework, mentoring and other developmental opportunities.  In addition, Debra leads on researcher wellbeing, postgraduate researcher voice and postgraduate researcher experience. 

In the past Debra led the University’s staff mentoring scheme. Additionally, Debra leads and contributes to research programmes pertaining to attainment, retention, progression and belonging.  Debra is currently contributing to the ‘That’s Me’ project which a dual University project with BCU to examine the access barriers to research degrees for Global Majority students. Previously she has contributed to collaborative cross sector research programmes relating to the outcome gaps including a Catalyst collaborative project comprising of the Universities of Wolverhampton, Kingston, Hertfordshire and De Montford which focused on Global Majority Student Outcomes.  Debra has also led the University of Wolverhampton’s contribution to the What Works Programme retention and progression change programme, and co-led the HEA funded Disparities in Student Attainment (DiSA) programme.