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Dr Catherine Comfort

Profile summary

Professional biography

Current role: Academic Lead, Access Participation and Success 

Have volunteered as youth mentor with a local authority for over 5 years. 

Scholarship areas: peer mentoring for students, inclusive curriculum tool, virtual internships, care leavers 

Awaiting viva for Doctorate in Education: 'Relationships, assets and social capital - a case study review of youth mentoring'.



Research interests

Research interests include youth people and wellbeing; the benefits of mentoring relationships; social capital and young people; care experienced young people and the benefits of mentoring, 

Teaching interests

Usage of inclusive curriculum tool

Interventions to close awarding gaps

Benefits of virtual internships 


Virtual internships in open and distance learning contexts: Improving access, participation, and success for underrepresented students (2023-05-14)
Butler, Diane; Reid, Kristen; Comfort, Catherine and Potter, Andrew
Distance Education ((Early Access))

Induction for Student Access Participation and Success (2023-07)
Comfort, Catherine and Rhoden, Maureen
In : MKE Teaching Practice Conference 2023: Theme - Your Voice: Shaping the Future of Management Education. (7 Jul 2023, UCL, London, UK)

Relationships, Assets and Social Capital: A Case Study Review of Youth Mentoring (2023-01-18)
Comfort, Catherine Jean
edd thesis The Open University

The language and practice of student support for one another: Diverse options for diverse purposes. A practice insight working paper. (2022-01-28)
Forbes, Tina; Fox, Alison; Comfort, Catherine; Taylor, Louise and Mott, Natalie
CollectivED, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds.

Taking an ecological view of student (peer) mentoring (2022-01-28)
Fox, Alison; Comfort, Catherine; Forbes, Tina; Taylor, Louise and Mott, Natalie
CollectivED, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds.