Lucy Bolton

Postgraduate Researcher (Part-Time)

Management, Postgraduate Researchers, Socio-Technical Centre (STC)


MSc Occupational Psychology, University of Nottingham 

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

 Chartered Psychologist Qualification in Occupational Psychology (British Psychological Society) 

British Psychological Society Test User Occupational - Ability and Test User Occupational - Personality (formerly Level A and B Intermediate). Qualified Assessor/trainer. 

Certificate of Competence in Risk Assessment for Work-Related Stress 

Professional Membership /Recognition

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (CPsychol)

Co-Chair of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Annual Conference 2014

Chartered Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)

Affiliate Member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP)

Lucy worked at Leeds University Business School from January 2009 to August 2016 as a Researcher in Organizational Psychology conducting both research and teaching activities. 

Lucy’s research interests include generational differences in the workplace, careers, work values, psychometric testing, organizational change and culture, job design, knowledge management and the application of socio-technical principles. Currently Lucy is conducting her PhD research investigating generational differences in the workplace with a focus on ‘Generation Y’ and their careers, work values and socialization into organizations. This work is being carried out in collaboration with three large multinational companies. Lucy has  also worked with Rolls-Royce in the area of knowledge management to update and develop their knowledge acquisition process; in particular with a focus on extracting knowledge from experts. In addition, Lucy has been working on a project with REED-NCFE developing and validating a psychometric tool assessing students’ readiness to work. Lucy has worked with a number of organizations across a variety of industries including Bentley Motors, Marks and Spencer, NHS, UK Government, BAE Systems, Airbus,  Aston Martin and Faraday Packaging Partnership.

In addition, Lucy has presented her work at various national and international conferences:-

  • BPS Division of Occupational Psychology
  • European Association of Work and Organizational Psychologists (EAWOP)
  • Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE)

Lucy recently became a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Member (CPsycho.) of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology. She has been very involved in the Division of Occupational Psychology within the BPS organising local events with Psychologists at LUBS and Co-Chaired the annual DOP Conference (2014), bringing an academic perspective to the committee.


Thesis Title

“Generation Me”: Understanding the Careers and Work Values of Generation Y


Dr Gail Clarkson 

Prof Kerrie Unsworth

Thesis Keywords

Generation Y; Generations; Careers; Work values; Socialisation; Self-efficacy

Thesis Summary/Synopsis

My research focuses on Generation Y in the workplace and understanding the key job characteristics that are impacted by this demographic group’s career expectations, work values, self-efficacy and subsequently behaviours. The study will analyse how such individuals are socialised into organisations and the effect of this on their career orientations and work values. This research aims to test proposed ideas about ‘GenYers’, in comparison to other generations, developing careers theory to help organisations make evidence-based decisions to accommodate and attract new and evolving workforce characteristics. 


Lucy has been involved in teaching within the Business School by lecturing on the topics of consultancy, ethics, professional identity, selection and assessment, career development, workplace counselling and job design. Lucy held the position of Module Leader for the Commercial and Professional Skills for Organizational Psychologists module, teaching students on practical consultancy skills and working with organizations.

LUBS 5584M – Commercial and Professional Skills - Module Leader

LUBS 5392M – Dissertation supervisor

LUBS 8001 – Work placement tutor


Bolton, L.E., Cadas, C., Cichomska, K.I., & Roe, V. (2016). “Help, my expert is leaving next week!” - Improving the Knowledge Acquisition and Modelling Process within an Engineering Organisation, Presentation at the 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), 2016, 27th-31st July, Florida, USA.

Beaumont, L.C., Bolton, L.E., McKay, A., & Hughes, H.P.N. (2014). Rethinking service design: a socio-technical approach to the development of business models. In: Schaefer, D. ed. Product Development in the Socio-sphere: Game Changing Paradigms for 21st Century Breakthrough Product Development and Innovation. Springer International: Switzerland. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-310-07404-7_5

Clegg, C.W., Bolton, L.E., Offutt, R., & Davis, M. (November 2014). Work design for ‘compassionate care’. In: OPIPP Public Policy Project: How to change the culture of the NHS. British Psychological Society Publication.

Ridgway, K., Clegg, C. W., Williams, D. J., Hourd, P., Robinson, M., Bolton, L., Cichomska, K., & Baldwin, J. (2013). The factory of the future. Report for the Government Office for Science. 

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