Dr Paula Burkinshaw


Senior Research Fellow
Leeds University Centre for Interdisciplinary Leadership

Email: P.Burkinshaw@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)113 343 0291
Location: G27 Liberty
Category: Academic, Management



PhD (ESRC studentship) 2013 Lancaster University
Associate Member (by teaching qualification) 2012 Higher Education Academy
Fellow 2000 Institute Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL)
Chartered Fellow 1999 Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Professional Certificate in Coaching  2002 School of Coaching/Strathclyde University
MA (by research) 1999 York University
PG Diploma in Management 1998 Leeds Metropolitan University
Professional Certificate in Counselling 1988 Leeds University 
BA Public and Social Policy (2:1 Honours) 1981 Bradford University


·         Senior Research Fellowship, Leeds University Centre for Interdisciplinary Leadership
·         Freelance Leadership Development consultant
·         Head of Professional and Leadership Development, Lancaster University
·         Corporate Learning and Development Manager, Leeds University Business School
·         Head of Employee Development and Recruitment, York City Council
·         Staff Development Adviser, York College of Further and Higher Education
·         Staff Training Coordinator, Tameside Accredited Centre
·         Staff Training Coordinator, Fielden Cegos, Manchester
·         Training officer, Fielden House, Manchester
·         Recruitment and Training Officer, Barnardos, Leeds 
·         Trainee Personnel and Training Officer, North East Gas, Leeds


I hold a senior research fellowship within the Business School and am primarily involved in leadership research and related activities in collaboration with researchers at home and abroad. My role builds on work already emerging within LUCILE and includes: research on the missing women in higher education leadership; research on gender and leadership in the retail sector; and older women professional workers and explorations of the missing women in professional working life. My responsibilities focus on these research activities under the direction of Professor Jackie Ford within the field of critical approaches to leadership and gender within organizations.


Dr Paula Burkinshaw holds a senior research fellowship within LUCILE, having previously worked as a leadership development professional for more than twenty years. Paula’s professional experience spans public, private and third sectors culminating in senior appointments and consultancy. Paula has been fascinated by gendered leadership cultures for some time now and more recently Paula completed her PhD at Lancaster University exploring the under-representation of women at the top of higher education.


I am qualified to teach in Higher Education both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am developing modules and short courses on my research for inclusion in our seminar series and executive education programmes.


· Joint paper submitted to Society Research in Higher Education conference, December 2014, ‘women in leadership: absent talent in UK HEIs’

. Joint paper accepted for inaugural Women in Academic Medicine conference, London, October 2014, ‘making the most of Athena Swan: how research can help’

. Book contract with Palgrave Macmillan, November 2014, entitled ‘women vice chancellors leadership and higher education: silent and strange voices from the top’

. Paper (under review) Journal of Gender Work and Organisation, 'achieving a critical mass of women ‘at the top’: stories from the Academy'

. Paper (under review) Journal of Higher Education Research and Development, ‘fitting in: women vice chancellors’ lived experiences of higher education leadership communities of practice of masculinities’

· Paper to Gender, Work and Organisation conference, Keele June 2014, 'achieving a critical mass of women ‘at the top’: stories from the Academy'

· Paper for Oxford University's Oxford Learning Institute, February 2014, 'learning leadership: higher education leadership as communities of practice of masculinities'

· Symposium paper accepted for Society Research in Higher Education Conference, December 2013 ‘Fitting in’: women Vice Chancellors’ experiences of higher education gendered leadership cultures’

· Feature article in Times Higher Education, 22 August 2013 ‘VC’s talk about the need for a critical mass of women in senior posts’

· Poster to National Conference on ‘The Missing Women’, Lancaster, June 2013 ‘the missing women at the top of higher education leadership’

· Book Review for Gender and Education Journal, April 2013 ‘feminism counts: quantitative methods and researching gender’

· Paper to Gender and Education Conference, London, April 2013 ‘fitting in: identities of women at the top’

· Presentation to Educational Research Department worldwide scholarly community, Lancaster University, January 2013, ‘silent and strange voices’

· Paper to Society Research in Higher Education Conference, Newport, December 2012, ‘the silent and the strange: the voices of women Vice Chancellors’

· Paper to British Educational Research Conference, Manchester, September 2012, ‘why aren’t there more women Vice Chancellors’

· Paper to Leadership and Diversity Conference, Toulouse, July 2012, ‘a study into UK gendered academic leadership’

· Poster to Northern Leadership Academy, Durham, June 2012, ‘women Vice Chancellor’s experiences of gendered leadership cultures’

· Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Project evaluation: HEIF ‘a comparative pilot study into gender mainstreaming’

· PhD Research Project (ESRC awarded Studentship): ‘why there are so few women at the top of UK Higher Education: exploring women Vice Chancellors’ experiences of higher education gendered leadership cultures’