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Dr Olga Rotar

Former Research Student

Olga Rotar

Research overview

I joined academia in 2013 as an assistant lecturer at the Saint-Petersburg University of Civil Aviation, Russia (Department of Economics and Department of Airports and Airfields). In parallel, I have been working part-time as a distance learning specialist at the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance (SPbSUEF) since 2015. In 2016, I received a SKOLKOVO School of Management scholarship to conduct a Ph.D. research in online education at Lancaster University. 

In contrast to previous studies, my project aims to uncover variations in how adult students experience their learning in two identical online programs (offered by a UK university and its partner institution in Russia) and to investigate differences in adult students' perceptions of academic success.

The findings of my research will be used to assist the University program team to gain insights into how adult students experience a transition to online learning and what does it mean for them to be a successful learner. This will contribute to a better understanding of how to improve tuition in considered online programs for adult students.


Thesis Title

Phenomenographic research on adult students’ experiences and conceptualisations of success in their online postgraduate programmes.

Additional Information

Student member of Centre for Technology Enhanced learning (CTEL), International Students REP. 



Current Research

2016-2017- Research Assistant, FASS project headed by Dr. Kyungmee Lee and Dr. Murat Oztok.

2019-Research Assistant, project PI Dr. Janja Komljenovic

2019- Researcher, Business Collaboratories 2019, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester. 

2021- Learning designers' experience of adaptation to the pandemic and post-pandemic working environment: lessons learnt (ESRC-funded project)