Jacqueline Stevenson

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, Director of the Lifelong Learning Centre
Email: J.Stevenson@leeds.ac.uk

Jacqueline Stevenson

My role

I am the Director of the Lifelong Learning Centre, and a Professor of the Sociology of Education with interests in equity and diversity, widening participation, and student success. 


My responsibilities as Director of the Lifelong Learning Centre include developing the vision for the Lifelong Learning Centre, being responsible for its strategic direction and the planning, co-ordination and development of both its academic delivery and support functions. I am also a co-director of Centre for Research on Families, Life Course and Generations (FLaG) in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

I have extensive experience of supervising and examining doctoral students. I am interested in supervising new students with an interest in policy and practice relating to equity and diversity in higher education, widening participation and social mobility, student experience and success, and pedagogic diversity. 

My areas of expertise include: resilience, belonging and mattering; time, temporality and future selves; narrative research; equality and diversity; student experience and student success; mature learners; refugees; religious students; degree awarding gap. 


I gained my undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge followed by a Masters degree in Lifelong Learning and then a Doctorate in Education at the University of Leeds.  

Professional experience 

The early part of my career was in the voluntary sector, schools, further and community education, before moving in to higher education where I have held a number of academic and professional services roles, including Professor of Education Research at Sheffield Hallam University and Professor of Higher Education at Leeds Beckett University.  

Professional memberships

I am a member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education and I chair the Society’s Research and Development Committee, as well as the Academic Advisory Board of the Network for Evaluating and Researching University Participation Interventions (NERUPI). I am also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I received an MBE in 2019 for my services to education.  


Stevenson, J. and Baker, S. (2018) Refugees in Higher Education: Debate, Discourse and Practice. London: Emerald Publications.

Henderson, H., Stevenson, J and Bathmaker, A-M. (2018), Possible Selves and Higher Education: New Interdisciplinary Insights, London: Routledge/ Society for Research into Higher Education Book series

Hayton, A. Stevenson, J. and Burke, P-J. (2018), Evaluating Equity and Widening Participation in Higher Education,  London: Trentham Books

Aune, K. and Stevenson, J. (Eds), (2017) Religion and Higher Education, London: Routledge/ Society for Research into Higher Education Book series 


Stevenson, J. (in press, 2021), The marginalisation of religious students in UK higher education, in Harrison, N, and Atherton, G (Eds), Marginalised Communities in Higher Education. Routledge 

Stevenson, J., Whelan, P. and Burke, P-J. (2018), Marketisation, institutional stratification and differentiated pedagogic approaches, in Bowl, M., McCaig, C. and Hughes, J. (eds) Equality, Equity and Differentiation in Marketised Higher Education, Palgrave. 

Richardson, S. and Stevenson, J. (2018) A sustainable higher education sector: the place for mature and part-time students? in  Dastbaz, M., Naude, W. and Manoochehri, J. (eds.) Smart Futures, Challenges of Urbanisation, and Social Sustainability, Palgrave. 

Stevenson, J., Whelan, P. & Burke, P-J (2017), ‘Teaching Excellence’ in the context of frailty; in Kinchin, I.M. & Winstone, N.E. (Eds.), Pedagogic Frailty and Resilience in the University, Rotterdam: Sense Publications. Pp 63-77 

Stevenson, J. (2017), Exploring the lifeworld of international doctoral students: the place of religion and religious organisations in Gomes, C. and Tran, L. (eds) International Student Connectedness and Identity Transnational Perspectives Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education, Melbourne: Springer 

Taylor, C.A. and Stevenson, J. (2017), Leadership of Academic Writing Development in England: Narratives of Problems, Pragmatism and Possibility, Su, F. and Wood, M. (eds) Cosmopolitan Perspectives on Academic Leadership in Higher Education. London and New York: Bloomsbury. 

Journal articles

Harrison, N. Baker, Z. and Stevenson, J. (in press, 2021) Employment and further study outcomes for care-experienced graduates in the United Kingdom, Higher Education. 

Murphy, A. and Stevenson, J. (2018), Occupational Potential and Possible Selves of Masters' Level Dyslexic Healthcare Students: A Narrative Inquiry, Journal of Occupational Science, 26(1), pp. 18-28. 

Ghaffar, F. and Stevenson, J. (2018), British Pakistani and Bangladeshi women, Higher Education and Defensive Othering, Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 20(3), pp. 50-67.