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Jacqueline Stevenson

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson EdD, MEd, BA, PGCE,

Head of Research, Sheffield Institute of Education

Summary

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is Head of Research in the Sheffield Institute of Education.  

She is a sociologist of education with a particular interest in policy and practice relating to equity and diversity in higher education, widening participation, access and student success, pedagogic diversity and the stratification and marketisation of higher education. 

She currently leads work for the University on addressing the degree attainment gap and the Hallam Guild.

  • About

    Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is a sociologist of education with a particular interest in policy and practice relating to equity and diversity in higher education, widening participation, access and student success, pedagogic diversity and the stratification and marketisation of higher education.

    Key areas of interest are the social and academic experiences of religious students, Black and Minority ethnic students' degree attainment and success, and policy and practice relating to the higher education experience of refugees and international students.

    She currently leads work for the University on addressing the degree attainment gap, and the Hallam Guild — a cross-university community of staff and students committed to developing teaching expertise and enabling an excellent student experience.

    Jacqueline co-convenes the Society for Research into Higher Education's Access and Widening Participation Network and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Education Opportunities Networks and the Higher Education Race Action Group.

    Her recent include books include: Refugees in Higher Education: Debate, Discourse and Practice; Possible Selves and Higher Education: New Interdisciplinary Insights; and Evaluating Equity and Widening Participation in Higher Education.

  • Teaching

    Responsible for doctoral programmes in the Sheffield Institute of Education. Previously module lead for analysing and theorising data and research methods. External examiner for the Doctorate in Education at the University of Birmingham. 

    Researcher development

    Doctorate in Education

    Data analysis, interpretation and presentation

  • Research

    Evaluation of HEFCE's National Networks for Collaborative Outreach
    Evaluation of the impact of financial support for the Office for Fair Access

    Current research explores the experiences of estranged students. Recent research includes that with refugees and asylum seekers, ethnic minority students, international students, and part time learners.

    Higher Education Academy
    Higher Education Funding Council for England
    Office for Fair Access
    New Education Opportunities Network

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Clegg, S., Stevenson, J., & Burke, P.-.J. (2016). Translating close-up research into action : a critical reflection. Reflective Practice, 17 (3), 233-144. http://doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2016.1145580

    Willott, J., & Stevenson, J. (2013). Attitudes to Employment of Professionally Qualified Refugees in the United Kingdom. International Migration, 51 (5), 120-132. http://doi.org/10.1111/imig.12038

    Stevenson, J., & Clegg, S. (2013). 'My past is a double edge sword': Temporality and reflexivity in mature learners. Studies in Continuing Education, 35 (1), 17-29. http://doi.org/10.1080/0158037X.2012.684794

    Clegg, S., & Stevenson, J. (2013). The interview reconsidered: context, genre, reflexivity and interpretation in sociological approaches to interviews in higher education research. Higher Education Research and Development, 32 (1), 5-16. http://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2012.750277

    Clegg, S., Stevenson, J., & Willott, J. (2010). Staff conceptions of curricular and extracurricular activities in higher education. Higher Education, 59 (5), 615-626. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-009-9269-y

    Stevenson, J., & Willott, J. (2007). The aspiration and access to higher education of teenage refugees in the UK. Compare, 37 (5), 671-687. http://doi.org/10.1080/03057920701582624

    Book chapters

    Stevenson, J., & Aune, K. (2016). Religion and higher education in Europe and North America : historical and contemporary contexts. In Aune, K., & Stevenson, J. (Eds.) Religion and Higher Education in Europe and North America London: Taylor and Francis: . https://www.routledge.com/Religion-and-Higher-Education-in-Europe-and-North-America/Aune-Stevenson/p/book/9781138652958

    Taylor, C., & Stevenson, J. (n.d.). Leadership of academic writing development in England: narratives of problems, pragmatism and possibility. In Su, F., & Woof, M. (Eds.) Cosmopolitan perspectives on academic leadership in higher education London: Bloomsbury

    Stevenson, J. (n.d.). Becoming a reflexive researcher: A personal research journey. In Burke, P.J., Hayton, A., & Stevenson, J. (Eds.) Evaluating Equity and Widening Participation in Higher Education London: Trentham Books

    Reports

    Burke, P.J., Bennett, A., Bunn, M., Stevenson, J., & Clegg, S. (2017). It’s About Time: working towards more equitable understandings of the impact of time for students in higher education. Australia: Curtin University. https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/publications/its-about-time-working-towards-more-equitable-understandings-of-the-impact-of-time-for-students-in-higher-education/

  • Other activities

    Convenor for the Society for Research into Higher Education's Access and Widening Participation Network; member of the Executive Committee of the National Education Opportunities Networks and the Higher Education Race Action Group.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Jacqueline supervises doctoral students researching widening participation - including part-time, mature students, those minority ethnic or religious groups, and other underrepresented or under-researched groups, and higher education policy and practice.

    Completions

    • 2016 Jill McLachlan (EdD): Communicating with parents:  Exploring Newly Qualified Primary Teachers’ views  of their preparation, Leeds Beckett University

    • 2015 Gary Walker (EdD): Institutional Habitus and Educational Outcomes of Looked After Children:  Complexities and Paradoxes; Leeds Beckett University

    • 2013 Pauline Whelan (PhD): The Discourse and Policy of Widening Participation in Higher Education in  England; Leeds Beckett University

    Supervisions

    • Autism, sociality and Friendship: a Qualitative Enquiry

    • The student parent experience: supporting access and engagement in Higher Education

    • Understanding Higher Education students' approaches to employability through a Bourdieurian lens

    • Identities and practices of lecturers in higher education

    • Why women don't choose academic careers


  • Media

    Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is head of research in the Sheffield Institute of Education. She is a sociologist of education and her research areas include equity and diversity in higher education, widening participation, pedagogic diversity and the stratification of higher education, and the enactment of HE policy in to practice. She is co-convener of the Society for Research into Higher Education Access and Widening Participation network.

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