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Marie Stephenson


Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905542079

Marie joined the Centre for Education and Inclusion in 2014 and brings with her extensive teaching experience from both the Post-Compulsory (FE) sectors and more recently higher education settings - here and in the USA. In a career spanning nearly 20 years Marie has taught in a variety of educational contexts, delivery and design of courses at the Royal National College for the Blind.

She is currently a final year PhD student, completing early 2017 at the University of Worcester. Marie has also spent 2 years as a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University, hosted by the Graduate School of Education & Human Development. Her own research is entitled ‘Ethical-decision-making: Learning from prominent leaders in not for profit organisations’. It is a transatlantic study to seek new understandings regarding the ethical challenges leaders face and how moral standards influence decision-making. The study uses an innovative methodology from the world of political science, namely in-depth interviews with individuals described as ‘elite and specialized’.


Academic Qualifications
PhD in Education (expected) 2017
PG Cert Research Methods, University of Worcester (Distinction) - 2013
MSc Educational Leadership and Management (Distinction), University of Worcester – 2008
PG Cert (Education & Training) with Distinction, University of Wales - 1998

Professional Qualifications:
BTEC Professional Award: Teaching Adults with a Visual Impairment



Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Expertise
Lead responsibility for modules on the Foundation Degree in Learning Support; FDLS1017
Partnerships in Education; FDLS2011 Introduction to Research Methods; FDLS2014 Work Based Study.

Lead responsibility for Modules on the BA (Hons) Ed Studies; EDST3128 Extension Module; EDST3126 Organising Teaching and Learning and Independent Study Supervision (EDST3002)

Lead responsibility for MAED4001E Research methods, and MA Supervision. Academic Tutor - providing support, advice and guidance to tutees.

Teaching Interests:
Qualitative research methods
Leadership Research, Theory & Practice
Ethical Leadership and Decision-making
Specialist Education & Inclusive Practice
Moral Philosophy & Ethical Theory (Normative)
Values in Education

Further teaching interests:
Policy & the Management of Change
The Management of Quality
Performance Management
The Management of Innovation 

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

IPDA (International Professional Development Association) Member

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy




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 Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

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.