Stacey Mottershaw

Stacey Mottershaw


Prior to joining Leeds I worked at the University of Sheffield for over 10 years, across a range of professional services roles including in central teams such as study abroad and outreach, as well as in academic departments including the School of Law as a Recruitment and External Engagement Team Leader and the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering as an Employability, Placements and Alumni Ofifcer, where I also taught ethics to engineering students. I joined Leeds University Business School as a Teaching Fellow in September 2018 and in August 2020 I was promoted to Lecturer (Teaching and Scholarship). Since September 2019 I have been seconded on a part-time basis to the role of Faculty Director of Taught Student Social Mobility, with strategic oversight of under-represented students support. As part of this, I am Chair of the Careers and Employability workstream for the Widening Participation in Postgraduate Study NEON working group

Alongside my full-time role in LUBS I am pursuing my Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Sheffield. My research interests are around under-representation, imposter syndrome and deficit thinking in the higher education sector. 


Mottershaw, Stacey and Bramley, Gareth. 2022. To professionalise, or not to professionalise, that is (part of) the question. Higher Education Policy Institute. [Online]. Published 17th December 2021. Available from:

Mottershaw, Stacey. 2021. Why we need to stop using the term widening participation. Higher Education Policy Institute. [Online]. Published 29th March 2022. Available from:



May 2022. ‘The Importance of Working Class Academics – Belonging and Authenticity’. Alliance of Working Class Academics. 11th May 2022 (online). 

April 2022. ‘Online or face to face. That is the question’ – exploring preferences of students for academic personal tutoring (with Anna Viragos). UK Association of Tutoring (UKAT) Conferenc 2022 (online). 

July 2021. ‘40 miles apart: Exploring the impact of locality in university admissions’. British Sociological Association Early Career Researcher event: ‘Situating Austerity’ (online). 

May 2021. ‘Disinvesting in Critical Pedagogy: Redundancies and Academic Freedom at the University of Leicester Business School’. EdD study school weekend, University of Sheffield (online). 

June 2021. ‘Using 'Listening Rooms' methodology to support under-represented students’. CABS LTSE Conference (online). 

July 2020. ‘Bridging the gap between leadership and success for under-represented students’. Advance HE Learning and Teaching Conference (online). 

February 2020. ‘Business degrees, transferable skills and the future’ (with Sarah Barksby and Kate Scott). UCAS Annual Conference for Teachers and Advisers. Brighton.

June 2019. ‘Personal tutoring models: attendance and engagement’ (with Anna Viragos). British Academy of Management MKE Conference, ‘Teaching and Learning for Impact’. York St John University. 


Ongoing: I coordinate and deliver at the bi-monthly LUBS Social Mobility Forum and facilitate the alternating bi-monthly LUBS Social Mobility Reading group. 

December 2021: Presented at the Management Research Seminar Series – "Can you hear me?" - Using Listening Rooms to explore under-represented student perceptions of success

December 2021: Presented at the University of Leeds Success and Belonging Research Group – ‘Listening Rooms’

November 2021: Presented at the Women at Leeds Network event ‘The lesser heard PGR voice’

October 2021: Presented at the University of Leeds Student Voices and Review Group – ‘Listening Rooms’

September 2021: Co-delivered School of Earth and Environment Personal Tutor Training – ‘Supporting diverse cohorts’ 

March 2021: Co-delivered LUBS Personal Tutor Training – ‘Supporting diverse cohorts’

February 2021: Delivered School of Education Scholarship Sharing Good Practice workshop  – ‘Listening Rooms’

October 2020: Presented at Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence Share Adopt Adapt workshop – ‘Personal tutoring and dissertation supervision during a pandemic’

February 2020: Facilitated Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence Journal Club on Emma Heron’s 2019 ‘Friendship as Method’ paper. 

September 2019: LUBS Enhance Conference – ‘Moving to One Drive’


  • Faculty Director of Taught Student Social Mobility

Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests, including: 

  • Under-representation, imposter syndrome and deficit thinking in HE
  • Career development policies for under-represented student groups
  • Authenticity in teaching and personal tutoring

I have also peer reviewed journal articles for the International Journal for Students as Partners, the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, and a UKAT special edition of Frontiers in Education, ‘Academic Advising and Tutoring for Student Success in Higher Education: International Perspectives’. 


  • PG Diploma and QCD, Career Development - Nottingham Trent University
  • MA (Hons) Political Theory - University of Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy - University of Sheffield

Professional memberships

  • British Academy of Management (BAM)
  • Career Development Institute (CDI)
  • Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE), Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Recognised Senior Adviser (RSA), UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT)

Student education

Since joining LUBS I have taught on a range of modules covering academic and employability skills, business ethics and sustainability. I have been module leader for LUBS1876 Academic and Employability Connections, LISS1043 Ethics for Business and Society and LUBS3003 Business Ethics. 

I am personal tutor to undergraduate students across all year groups and placement tutor for students undertaking a year in industry. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.