Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Researchers at Bath Spa University opened a new study in 2020 to understand what helps or hinders teaching careers for spouses and partners of British Armed Forces personnel. The study is set to close on 2 October 2020.

Findings from the study will inform teacher training providers, like Bath Spa University, that want to recruit and support trainee teachers with a military-affiliated background.


Research at Bath Spa University has identified specific challenges faced by mature students with a military-affiliated background, including military wives (Macer & Chadderton, 2020). Recent news reports suggest an increasing number of people are now considering joining the teaching profession since the Covid-19 lockdown. However, little is known about the experiences of spouses and partners of British Armed Forces personnel who want to pursue or return to a career in teaching.

About the Study

This study is supported by the three Families Federations and is being conducted via an online survey. To take part in the study, participants should be:

  • 18 years old or above
  • In a relationship (married/civil partnership or other) to a serving member of the British Armed Forces
  • Not serving in the British Armed Forces

Please visit to participate in the research survey. The survey will close on Friday 2nd October 2020.

Get in touch

If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Dr Mel Macer, School of Education, Bath Spa University at [email protected]

Bath Spa University

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