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Dr Iole Cozzone

Research Associate, Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults

Tel: 020 8240 2346


Dr Iole Cozzone is Research Associate for the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults. Iole is the Lead Researcher on the domestic project First Star Academy St Mary’s and her role is to investigate the efficacy, impact, and scalability of the project. 

Researcher in School

Prior to joining St Mary’s in August 2018, Iole worked as a Postdoctoral Educational Researcher for the charity Researchers in Schools (2015-2018) and was an Honorary Research Associate at King's College London, School of Education. She designed, planned, delivered and evaluated evidence-based research projects for secondary school pupils, including sporadic primary school experiments, to widen access to highly-selective universities for pupils from under-represented groups (i.e. newly arrived, asylum seekers, first in family, free school meals, pupil premium, young carers, pupils in care, etc.). As part of her school-based postdoc, Iole qualified as a Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) secondary-school teacher (QTS and NQT) and taught foreign languages across all Key Stages in challenging secondary schools in the South-West and West London. She specialised in: language education at secondary-school level; literacy interventions for newly-arrived and EAL (English as Additional Language) pupils; teaching and learning strategies in MFL; translation as a pedagogical tool in multilingual and multicultural classes; research and development in educational contexts.

Teaching and background

Iole has taught students of all ages, from 2 to 75 year olds in a variety of educational contexts (public and private sector, UK and Italy, pro-bono and immigration centres), from a huge variety of linguistic and social backgrounds, and with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities (SENDs). She has also worked as a study skills and research skills advisor for undergraduate and postgraduate SEND students at AccessAbility (University of Exeter).

Iole’s background is in Linguistics, Modern Languages, Literature and Translation Studies.

In 2015, Iole was appointed Associate Lecturer in Italian and Translation at the University of Exeter, where she qualified to be an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). During her doctoral studies (2010-2014) there, she taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2014, she was awarded a PhD in Translation Studies (focus on poetic translation, interdisciplinary research). Her PhD is entitled ‘Una Poeta: Perspectives on the Translation of Janet Frame’s Verse into Italian’ (

Iole also holds an MA in Translation Theory and Practice (two-year, full-time postgraduate course) and a BA Joint Hons in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Literature (four-year, full time with Year Abroad) both awarded with distinction from the University of Naples L’Orientale.

Research interests

  • Translation Studies (translation theory and practice, focus on literary and verse translation; specialist and computer-assisted translation; the creative turn in TS)
  • General and applied linguistics
  • Language education (L1, L2 and FL acquisition; language teaching and learning; translation in language pedagogy)
  • Action research in schools (focus on literacy and support to EAL pupils)
  • Critical theories (especially postcolonialism, poststructuralism, and gender studies).

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