Dr Kieran Balloo


Dr Kieran Balloo
NameDr Kieran Balloo
Email Addresskieran.balloo@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleSenior Lecturer (Pathways)
QualificationsBSc Surrey, MSc OpenUni UK, PhD Roehampton
DepartmentUniSQ College (Pathways)
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1745-4653
  • 3821
    total views of outputs
  • 2359
    total downloads of outputs
  • 150
    views of outputs this month
  • 156
    downloads of outputs this month

Biography

Dr Kieran Balloo is a Senior Lecturer (Pathways) and Associate Head (Learning, Teaching & Student Success) in UniSQ College. His disciplinary background is in psychology and his research broadly explores issues surrounding student transitions, equity, and wellbeing. Prior to working at UniSQ, he held Research Fellow and Lecturer positions in Higher Education and Psychology at the University of Surrey and the University of Roehampton. He holds a Visiting Lectureship in the Surrey Institute of Education at the University of Surrey. Kieran has been awarded, as Principal or Co-Investigator, a total exceeding £300,000 in competitive grants. Adopting both quantitative and qualitative framings, the funders include the Economic and Social Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, and the grants mainly relate to research on assessment, mental distress, and wellbeing in higher education. He has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate, and foundation levels, and he invites expressions of interest from potential higher degree (Master of Research and PhD) applicants.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Research Fellow / LecturerUniversity of Surrey, UK20172021
LecturerUniversity of Roehampton, UK20162017

Expertise

Academic Literacies

Assessment and Feedback

Higher Education

Student Equity

Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

Student Transitions

Teaching and Learning

Widening Participation

Mixed Methods

Q Methodology

Secondary Data Analysis

Teaching

TPP0175 Introduction to Psychology and Counselling

TPP0122 Study Management

MDS1001 Navigating the University: Studying for Success

Fields of Research

  • 390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
  • 390203. Sociology of education
  • 390303. Higher education
  • 390402. Education assessment and evaluation
  • 390407. Inclusive education
  • 399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
  • 520102. Educational psychology

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)
Member of the National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia (NAEEA)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
BSc
Surrey
2004
MSc
OpenUni UK
2011
PhD
Roehampton
2016

Supervision Interests

Student Transitions and Wellbeing

Exploring the impact of undertaking Pathways courses at a regional Australian university on students with neurodevelopmental conditions

Exploring approaches to improving access and outcomes for incarcerated students

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
ESL students’ feedback literacy in China’s application-oriented universitiesAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Academic goals and motivation: A longitudinal study investigating the well-being of higher vocational education students in ChinaAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2020
Navigating the grey: Supporting successful student transition by enhancing the first-year experience through a focus on transition pedagogyPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
An exploration of Year 9 students lived experiences and perceptions of physical activity within their school contextPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2017

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Emotional problems among children and adolescents in Mauritius: An investigation of prevalence and preventionAssociateDoctoral2021
Project titleDetailsYear
Mental Health Researchers in Discovering Active Ingredients in longitudinal Datasets using Artificial Intelligence (MHR-DAIDAI)£40,000, funded by the Wellcome Mental Health Data Prize. This project is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with academics at the University of Surrey and the University of East Anglia, as well as the mental health charity, Miricyl. We are aiming to integrate lived experience approaches, computer science, and secondary data analysis. The team will work towards building and testing a digital tool that uses natural language processing to help mental health researchers decide what variables to use in longitudinal studies, with a particular focus on how physical activity affects young people’s mental health during key periods of their school and university life, and the impact of sociological and demographic factors.2022
A multi-perspective analysis of university students’ personal mental health and well-being capital and its effect on their life outcomes£271,976, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Secondary Data Analysis Research Initiative. Known as the Student Wellbeing & Life Outcomes Project (StudentWellLives), we used an intersectional approach to investigate the extent to which the life outcomes of young people who go to university are affected by their social inequality groupings and mental health and well-being during adolescence. Additionally, this project also aimed to determine the characteristics of university environments that can improve the life outcomes of these young people depending on their social and mental health/wellbeing background.2020
DateNameAwarding organisationUnderpinning research
2019Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence AwardHorizon 2020
2023Editorial BoardTeaching in Higher Education
Item reviewedYear
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Culture and Organization
Computers and Education
Journal of Educational Psychology
PLOS ONE
Higher Education
Higher Education Research & Development
Studies in Higher Education
Teaching in Higher Education
British Journal of Educational Psychology

Research trends in the higher education feedback literature since the ‘new paradigm’ shift to learner-centred feedback practices

Balloo, Kieran. 2023. "Research trends in the higher education feedback literature since the ‘new paradigm’ shift to learner-centred feedback practices." Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) International Conference 2023. Birmingham, United Kingdom 06 - 08 Dec 2023 United Kingdom.

Exploring the identities of pathways educators through the lens of Third Space Theory

Balloo, Kieran, Ramos, Fabiane, Crank, Russell, Crane, Daniel, Hopkins, Susan, McGovern, Mary, Parkes, Frey, Penno, Julie, Singh, Niharika, Todd, Nicholas, Wilson, Victoria, Windsor, Angela and Worsley, Sue. 2023. "Exploring the identities of pathways educators through the lens of Third Space Theory." Pedagogy Culture and Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2023.2230986

Measuring psychological wellbeing and mental health in university student cohorts

Heron, Paul, Balloo, Kieran, Barkham, Michael, Bennett, acks, Berry, Clio, Bewick, Bridgette, Dutta, Snigdha, Edwards, Lisa, Foster, Juliet, Gardani, Maria, Hosein, Anesa, Knowles, Louise, Kumar, Sanjay, Linton, Myles-Jay, McLafferty, Margaret, Lucock, Mike, McMillan, Dean, Paton, Lewis, Rees, Sarah, ..., Broglia, Emma. 2023. Measuring psychological wellbeing and mental health in university student cohorts. United Kingdom. SMaRteN.

Observational feedback literacy: designing post observation feedback for learning

Heron, Marion, O’Donaghue, Helen and Balloo, Kieran. 2023. "Observational feedback literacy: designing post observation feedback for learning." Teaching in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2023.2191786

The role of the university environment in shaping education and employment inequalities

Hosein, Anesa, Balloo, Kieran, Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia A.. 2023. "The role of the university environment in shaping education and employment inequalities." Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 45 (2), pp. 223-242. https://doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2023.2180170

Poems and pedagogic frailty: uncovering the affective within teacher development through collective biography

Kinchin, Ian, Balloo, Kieran, Barnett, Laura, Gravett, Karen, Heron, Marion, Hosein, Anesa, Lygo-Baker, Simon, Medland, Emma, Winstone, Naomi and Yakovchuk, Nadya. 2023. "Poems and pedagogic frailty: uncovering the affective within teacher development through collective biography." Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: an international journal of theory, research and practice. 22 (3), pp. 305-321. https://doi.org/10.1177/14740222221147483

Mapping the values and identities of academics who teach into widening participation university preparation programs

Balloo, Kieran, Crane, Daniel, Crank, Russell, Hopkins, Susan, McGovern, Mary, Parkes, Geoffrey, Penno, Julie, Ramos, Fabiane, Singh, Niharika, Todd, Nicholas, Wilson, Victoria, Windsor, Angela and Worsley, Sue. 2022. "Mapping the values and identities of academics who teach into widening participation university preparation programs." Society for Research into Higher Education International Research (SRHE) Conference 2022. 05 - 09 Dec 2022 United Kingdom.

Differences in education and employment inequalities based on the social and cultural environments of universities

Hosein, Anesa, Balloo, Kieran, Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia A.. 2022. "Differences in education and employment inequalities based on the social and cultural environments of universities." Society for Research into Higher Education International Research (SRHE) Conference 2022. 05 - 09 Dec 2022 United Kingdom.

University Environment Classification, 2008-2012

Balloo, K. and Hosein, A.. 2022. University Environment Classification, 2008-2012. Toowoomba. UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-856056

An intersectional analysis of inequalities in young people’s mental health within the higher education context

Balloo, Kieran, Hosein, Anesa, Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia A.. 2022. "An intersectional analysis of inequalities in young people’s mental health within the higher education context." Health Studies User Conference (2022). Manchester, United Kingdom 12 Jul 2022 Manchester, United Kingdom.

Mental distress during adolescence and participation in higher education

Balloo, Kieran, Hosein, Anesa, Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia A.. 2022. "Mental distress during adolescence and participation in higher education." 44th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference (HERDSA 2022). Melbourne, Australia 27 - 30 Jun 2022 Australia.

Precedents to feedback literacy: using an evidence-based approach to reflect on feedback talk

Medland, Emma, Heron, Marion and Balloo, Kieran. 2022. "Precedents to feedback literacy: using an evidence-based approach to reflect on feedback talk." International Assessment in Higher Education Conference (AHE 2022). Manchester, United Kingdom 22 - 24 Jun 2022 Manchester, United Kingdom.

Differences in mental health inequalities based on university attendance: Intersectional multilevel analyses of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy

Balloo, Kieran, Hosein, Anesa, Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia A.. 2022. "Differences in mental health inequalities based on university attendance: Intersectional multilevel analyses of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy." Social Science and Medicine – Population Health. 19, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101149

Academic pressures and mental distress during adolescence: associations with participation in higher education

Balloo, Kieran, Hosein, Anesa, Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia A.. 2021. "Academic pressures and mental distress during adolescence: associations with participation in higher education." Symposium Conducted at the International Conference on Research into Higher Education 2021: (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times. United Kingdom 06 - 10 Dec 2021 United Kingdom.

Precedents to feedback literacy: uncoupling feedback from assessment using an evidence-based approach to reflect on and validate the Feedback Talk Framework

Medland, Emma, Heron, Marion and Balloo, Kieran. 2021. "Precedents to feedback literacy: uncoupling feedback from assessment using an evidence-based approach to reflect on and validate the Feedback Talk Framework." SRHE Conference 2021: (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times. United Kingdom 06 - 10 Dec 2021 United Kingdom.

The focus, function and framing of feedback information: linguistic and content analysis of intext feedback comments

Derham, Cathrine, Balloo, Kieran and Winstone, Naomi. 2021. "The focus, function and framing of feedback information: linguistic and content analysis of intext feedback comments." Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2021.1969335

Creating ‘excellent’ partnerships: reflections on practice

Barnett, Laura, Heron, Marion and Balloo, Kieran. 2021. "Creating ‘excellent’ partnerships: reflections on practice." Heron, Marion, Barnett, Laura and Balloo, Kieran (ed.) Exploring disciplinary teaching excellence in higher education: student-staff partnerships for research. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 199-208

Exploring ‘excellence’ in disciplinary contexts through student-staff partnerships

Williams, Sophie, Pricop, Malina, Heron, Marion, Balloo, Kieran and Barnett, Laura. 2021. "Exploring ‘excellence’ in disciplinary contexts through student-staff partnerships." Heron, Marion, Barnett, Laura and Balloo, Kieran (ed.) Exploring disciplinary teaching excellence in higher education: student-staff partnerships for research. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-20

Exploring disciplinary teaching excellence in higher education: student-staff partnerships for research

Heron, Marion, Barnett, Laura and Balloo, Kieran. 2021. Exploring disciplinary teaching excellence in higher education: student-staff partnerships for research. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan.

‘I’m not sure where home is’: narratives of student mobilities into and through higher education

Balloo, Kieran, Gravett, Karen and Erskine, Gemma. 2021. "‘I’m not sure where home is’: narratives of student mobilities into and through higher education." British Journal of Sociology of Education. 42 (7), pp. 1022-1036. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2021.1959298

Impacts of adolescent mental health, social identity, and university attendance on mental health during emerging adulthood: Intersectional multilevel analyses of a national cohort study

Balloo, Kieren, Hosein, Anesa, Byrom, Nicola and Essau, Cecilia. 2021. "Impacts of adolescent mental health, social identity, and university attendance on mental health during emerging adulthood: Intersectional multilevel analyses of a national cohort study." Institute of Mental Health Sciences Conference: Mental Health across the Life-course. 02 - 02 Jun 2021 United Kingdom.

A primer on gathering and analysing multi-level quantitative evidence for differential student outcomes in higher education

Balloo, Kieran and Winstone, Naomi E.. 2021. "A primer on gathering and analysing multi-level quantitative evidence for differential student outcomes in higher education." Frontline Learning Research. 9 (2), pp. 121-144. https://doi.org/10.14786/flr.v9i2.675

Effectiveness of the Super Skills for Life programme in enhancing the emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents in residential care institutions in a low- and middle-income country: A randomised waitlist-controlled trial

Ramdhonee-Dowlot, Karishma, Balloo, Kieran and Essau, Cecilia A.. 2021. "Effectiveness of the Super Skills for Life programme in enhancing the emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents in residential care institutions in a low- and middle-income country: A randomised waitlist-controlled trial." Journal of Affective Disorders. 278, pp. 327-338. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.09.053

Efficacy of a Microbial Reality Simulator (AMRSim) as an education tool for antimicrobial stewardship teaching for veterinary undergraduates

Subasinghe, D.W., Sofokleous, S., Howgate, M., Bartlett, K., Trace, C., Balloo, K., Lygo-Baker, S., Cockcroft, P., Wyles, K., Macdonald, A. and Chambers, M.. 2020. "Efficacy of a Microbial Reality Simulator (AMRSim) as an education tool for antimicrobial stewardship teaching for veterinary undergraduates." GW4 - Multidisciplinary approaches to AMR. Virtual 30 Nov - 04 Dec 2020

Facilitating students’ proactive recipience of feedback with feedback portfolios

Balloo, Kieran and Vashakidze, Aka. 2020. "Facilitating students’ proactive recipience of feedback with feedback portfolios." Gravett, Karen, Yakovchuk, Nadya and Kinchin, Ian M. (ed.) Enhancing student-centred teaching in higher education: the landscape of student-staff research partnerships. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 255-272

Discipline‑specific feedback literacies: A framework for curriculum design

Winstone, Naomi E., Balloo, Kieran and Carless, David. 2020. "Discipline‑specific feedback literacies: A framework for curriculum design." Higher Education. 83 (1), pp. 57-77. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00632-0

A systematic review of interventions targeting self-regulation in higher education

Balloo, Kieran, Panadero, Ernesto and Winstone, Naomi. 2020. "A systematic review of interventions targeting self-regulation in higher education." 2020 AERA Annual Meeting [Cancelled]. San Francisco, United States 17 - 21 Apr 2020 United States.

Who stands to benefit? Wellbeing, belonging and challenges to equity in engagement in extra-curricular activities at university

Winstone, Naomi, Balloo, Kieran, Gravett, Karen, Jacobs, Daniel and Keen, Harry. 2020. "Who stands to benefit? Wellbeing, belonging and challenges to equity in engagement in extra-curricular activities at university." Active Learning in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/1469787420908209

A crucial graduate attribute? Embedding feedback literacy into curricula across higher education

Balloo, Kieran, Winstone, Naomi E. and Carless, David. 2019. "A crucial graduate attribute? Embedding feedback literacy into curricula across higher education." Society for Research into Higher Education International Research (SRHE) Conference 2019 . Newport, United Kingdom 05 - 07 Dec 2018 United Kingdom.

Maximising student success through the development of self-regulation

Evans, Carol, Zhu, Xiaotong, Winstone, Naomi, Balloo, Kieran, Hughes, Annie and Bright, Chantal. 2019. Maximising student success through the development of self-regulation. United Kingdom. University of Southampton. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.21930.44481

Students’ difficulties during research methods training acting as potential barriers to their development of scientific thinking

Balloo, Kieran. 2019. "Students’ difficulties during research methods training acting as potential barriers to their development of scientific thinking." Murtonen, Mari and Balloo, Kieran (ed.) Redefining scientific thinking for higher education. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 107-137

Preface

Murtonen, Mari and Balloo, Kieran. 2019. "Preface." Redefining Scientific Thinking for Higher Education: Higher-Order Thinking, Evidence-Based Reasoning and Research Skills. Switzerland. Springer. pp. i-xxi

Redefining scientific thinking for higher education: higher-order thinking, evidence-based reasoning and research skills

Murtonen, Mari and Balloo, Kieran. 2019. Redefining scientific thinking for higher education: higher-order thinking, evidence-based reasoning and research skills. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan.

‘What’s the point?’ Do annotations on students’ work promote self-regulation?

Derham, Cathrine, Balloo, Kieran, Norman, Maria and Winstone, Naomi E.. 2019. "‘What’s the point?’ Do annotations on students’ work promote self-regulation?" 18th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI 2019). Aachen, Germany 12 - 16 Aug 2019 Germany.

The development of academics’ feedback literacy: experiences of learning from critical feedback via scholarly peer review

Gravett, Karen, Kinchin, Ian M., Winstone, Naomi E., Balloo, Kieran, Heron, Marion, Hosein, Anesa, Lygo-Baker, Simon and Medland, Emma. 2019. "The development of academics’ feedback literacy: experiences of learning from critical feedback via scholarly peer review." Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 45 (5), pp. 651-665. https://doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2019.1686749

Effectiveness of the Super Skills for Life (SSL) programme in enhancing children’s emotional wellbeing, emotional regulation and cognitive control: a randomized controlled trial study in Mauritius

Ramdhonee-Dowlot, Karishma, S., Essau, Cecilia A. and Balloo, Kieran. 2019. "Effectiveness of the Super Skills for Life (SSL) programme in enhancing children’s emotional wellbeing, emotional regulation and cognitive control: a randomized controlled trial study in Mauritius." British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2019 (BERA 2019). London, United Kingdom 10 - 12 Sep 2019

Evaluation of a large-scale inclusive assessment intervention: a novel approach to quantifying perceptions about assessment literacy

Balloo, Kieran, Norman, Maria and Winstone, Naomi E.. 2018. "Evaluation of a large-scale inclusive assessment intervention: a novel approach to quantifying perceptions about assessment literacy." Society for Research into Higher Education International Research (SRHE) Conference 2019 . Newport, United Kingdom 05 - 07 Dec 2018 United Kingdom.

Managing complex assessment interventions: research within research

Evans, Carol A., Winstone, Naomi E., Hughes, Annie, Zhu, Xiaotong, Balloo, Kieran and Kyei, Chantal. 2018. "Managing complex assessment interventions: research within research." Society for Research into Higher Education International Research (SRHE) Conference 2019 . Newport, United Kingdom 05 - 07 Dec 2018 United Kingdom.

The intervening role of assessment literacy in relationships between feedback literacy and self-regulation

Balloo, Kieran, Winstone, Naomi E. and Evans, Carol. 2018. "The intervening role of assessment literacy in relationships between feedback literacy and self-regulation." 9th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction SIG1: Assessment and Evaluation (EARLI 2018). Helsinki, Finland 29 - 31 Aug 2018 https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.27769.93283

Transparency Isn't Spoon-Feeding: How a Transformative Approach to the Use of Explicit Assessment Criteria Can Support Student Self-Regulation

Balloo, Kieran, Evans, Carol, Hughes, Annie, Zhu, Xiaotong and Winstone, Naomi. 2018. "Transparency Isn't Spoon-Feeding: How a Transformative Approach to the Use of Explicit Assessment Criteria Can Support Student Self-Regulation." Frontiers in Education. 3, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2018.00069

Conceptions of Research Methods Learning Among Psychology Undergraduates: A Q Methodology Study

Balloo, Kieran, Pauli, Regina and Worrell, Marcia. 2018. "Conceptions of Research Methods Learning Among Psychology Undergraduates: A Q Methodology Study." Cognition and Instruction. 36 (4), pp. 279-296. https://doi.org/10.1080/07370008.2018.1494180

Undergraduates’ conceptions of research methods learning

Balloo, Kieran. 2017. "Undergraduates’ conceptions of research methods learning." 2017 Biennial European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI 2017). Tampere, Finland 29 Aug - 02 Sep 2017 Belgium.

In-depth profiles of the expectations of undergraduate students commencing university: a Q methodological analysis

Balloo, Kieran. 2017. "In-depth profiles of the expectations of undergraduate students commencing university: a Q methodological analysis." Studies in Higher Education. 43 (12), pp. 2251-2262. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2017.1320373

Individual differences in research methods learning among undergraduate psychology students

Balloo, Kieran. 2016. Individual differences in research methods learning among undergraduate psychology students. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Roehampton.

Individual Differences in Psychology Undergraduates’ Development of Research Methods Knowledge and Skills

Balloo, Kieran, Pauli, Regina and Worrell, Marcia. 2016. "Individual Differences in Psychology Undergraduates’ Development of Research Methods Knowledge and Skills." Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences. 217, pp. 790-800. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.02.147

Undergraduates’ personal circumstances, expectations and reasons for attending university

Balloo, Kieran, Pauli, Regina and Worrell, Marcia. 2015. "Undergraduates’ personal circumstances, expectations and reasons for attending university." Studies in Higher Education. 42 (8), pp. 1373-1384. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1099623

Students as partners in departmental research participation: the approaches to learning project

Marzouq, Shems, McSweeney, Matthew S., Sinton-Hewitt, Morgan and Balloo, Kieran. 2014. "Students as partners in departmental research participation: the approaches to learning project." HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey (HEA 2014). Edinburgh, United Kingdom 30 Apr - 01 May 2014