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 in the Management Division
· 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
Dr Paula Burkinshaw holds a senior research fellowship within the Organisational Behaviour Group of the Management Division, 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. Paula’s current research involves projects on gender and leadership across retail, finance, health, and higher education sectors.
Paula is qualified to teach in higher education both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; she is the personal tutor for some of our Masters students; and regularly supervises dissertations. Paula is developing modules and short courses around her research for inclusion in our seminar series and executive education programmes.
Paula holds a senior research fellowship within the Management Division of the Business School and is primarily involved in leadership research and related activities in collaboration with researchers at home and abroad. Paula’s role builds on work already emerging within the division and includes: research on the missing women in higher education leadership; research on gender and leadership in the retail and finance sectors; exploring staff engagement and gendered cultures in the health service; and older women professional workers and explorations of the missing women in professional working life. Paula’s responsibilities focus on these research activities within the field of critical approaches to leadership and gender within organizations.
Good practice or positive action? Using Q methodology to identify competing views on improving gender equality in academic medicine BMJ Open Aug 2017, 7 (8) e015973; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015973 L.D.Bryant; P.Burkinshaw; A.O.House; R.M.West; V.L.Ward
Journal of Administrative Sciences ‘Fixing the Women or Fixing Universities: Women in HE Leadership’ 2017 see here
Joint paper submitted to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: an International Journal, 'Networking and gender equality in academic leadership'
Joint paper in the process of submission to BJM, ‘Gendered regimes, plurality and difference in higher education: developing a new conceptual framework’
Paper accepted for biennial Gender, Work and Organisation conference, June 2016, ‘Fixing the women or fixing universities’
Invited Paper to Women@Leeds conference, March 2016, ‘Gender and Leadership: enablers and barriers to progression’
Paper (under review), Journal of Gender and Education, ‘Networking for gender equality in academic leadership’
Invited paper to HSBC international women’s network, October 2015, ‘Gender and leadership: barriers to promotion’
Joint paper submitted to British Academy of Management conference, September 2015, ‘Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the UK Retail Sector: A Case Study’
Joint paper accepted for Gender and Education biennial conference, June 2015, ‘Gender, networking and higher education’
‘Higher Education, Leadership and Women Vice Chancellors: Fitting in to Communities of Practice of Masculinities’, 2015, Palgrave Macmillan
Paper to University of Leeds WiSET inaugural conference, March 2015, ‘women in leadership: absent talent in UK HEIs’
Joint paper to Society Research in Higher Education conference, December 2014, ‘women in leadership: absent talent in UK HEIs’
Joint paper to inaugural Women in Academic Medicine conference, London, October 2014, ‘making the most of Athena Swan: how research can help’
Paper for Sheffield University Women@TUOS network, November 2014, 'learning leadership: higher education leadership as communities of practice of masculinities'
Paper (under review) Journal of Gender and Education, ‘Achieving a critical mass of women in higher education leadership: women vice chancellors join the debate about the difference it makes’
Paper to University of Leeds WiSET forum and Lancaster University Women Leaders forum, July 2014, 'achieving a critical mass of women ‘at the top’: stories from the Academy'
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 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’