Dr Marie Stephenson


Course Leader and Senior Lecturer - Department for Education and Inclusion

Education and Inclusion

Contact Details

email: m.stephenson@worc.ac.uk

Marie joined the Centre for Education & Inclusion in 2014 and brings extensive teaching experience from the post-compulsory (FE) sector. Marie has a number of specialisms, which include teaching the visually impaired, having spent a number of years designing and delivering courses at the Royal National College for the Blind. In addition to teaching here at the University of Worcester, Marie also spent time in the USA, delivering on the Executive Leadership Doctoral Program at the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education & Human Development.

Marie holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership & Management and a doctorate in Education. Her doctoral thesis concerned Ethical decision-making: Learning from Prominent Leaders in Not-for-Profit Organisations. The research has provided many insights into the ethical leader mindset, particularly how elite or specialised individuals maintain their moral compass in morally intense situations in value expressive organisations (contexts). The contribution adds to the field by linking individual ethical awareness, with that of the organisation and as corollary, society. The concepts of responsibility, trust and ethics are shown to be perpetually interwoven. Marie hopes to add to this work by completing a Post-Doc which explores how gender plays a part in ethical decision-making building on Carol Gilligan's (1982) seminal work In a Different Voice.



Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Education Feb 2018
  • PG Cert Research Methods, University of Worcester (Distinction) - 2013
  • MSc Educational Leadership and Management (Distinction), University of Worcester February 2008
  • PGCE in Education (Education & Training) with Distinction, University of Wales - 1998

Professional Qualifications

  • BTEC Professional Award: Teaching Adults with a Visual Impairment

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Expertise

Marie divides her time between the United Kingdom and Belgium; taking responsibility for a variety of modules across academic levels. These include design and delivery of:

  • EDST 3128 (level 6) on the BA (Hons) Education Studies Degree course
  • MAED 4001 (level 7) on the MA Education course.
  • Post-graduate supervision includes both MA dissertations and PhDs.

Other responsibilities:

  • Personal Academic Tutor for a range of students, proudly providing support and guidance through respective courses.
  • Co-Chair of the School for Education Ethics Panel.
  • Marie is also on the register for doctoral supervision at the University of Worcester.

Teaching Interests

  • Qualitative Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Ethical leadership & Decision-making
  • Moral Philosophy & Normative Ethical Theory
  • Values Education
  • Policy & the Management of Change
  • The Management of Quality
  • Leading Innovation (pedagogic)

Professional Bodies

  • IPDA (International Professional Development Association) Member
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Stephenson (2018). “Ethical Decision-making: Learning from prominent leaders in not-for-profit organisations”. PhD thesis, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK.


Stephenson, M E. (2015, October 17th). Ethical decision-making: Learning from Prominent leaders is not for profit organisations. University of Worcester Post Graduate research Conference, City Campus, Worcester University, United Kingdom.

Stephenson, M. E. (2014, June 20th). Elite and Specialized Interviewing in Leadership Research. University of Worcester, Post-Graduate Research Conference, City Campus, Worcester, United Kingdom.

Stephenson, M. E. (2013, May 25th). Ethical Leadership: A flawed construct in a stagnant field. University of Worcester Research Student Conference, St John’s Campus, Worcester University, United Kingdom. 

External Roles

Peer reviewer

  • Research in Post Compulsory Education (ISSN 1359-6748) Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Leadership (ISSN 1742-7150) Sage Publications

Conference Committees

  • Post Graduate Research Conference, Institute of Education, University of Worcester, 18th October 2014.