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 in September 2018. 

Alongside my role in LUBS I am pursuing my Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Sheffield. My research explores the career decisions, journeys and trajectories of academics from working-class backgrounds. 

Since December 2023 I have been Trustee of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON). Find out more about our work here: 

Online resources: 

How Might We Guide: engaging with student voices. University of Leeds 2023. Available from:

Ensuring all student voices are heard: case study. University of Leeds 2023. Available from:

Selected presentations:  

January 2024. 'Common ground: Using authenticity to make connections in teaching', co-delivered with Mike Reynolds. Student Education Conference 2024. The University of Leeds. 

January 2024. ‘Reflections on being working-class and collaborative approaches to exploring class in HE’, co-delivered with Rachael O’Connor and Nadine Cavigioli. Student Education Conference 2024. The University of Leeds. 

November 2023. 'Common ground: Using authenticity to make connections in teaching', co-delivered with Mike Reynolds. ISSOTL 2023. Utrecht, The Netherlands. 

September 2023. 'Common ground: Using authenticity to make connections in teaching'. RAISE Conference. Leeds.

September 2023. ‘Pay your dues’: student finance, debt and disrupting legal education', co-delivered with Gareth Bramley. University of Law Learning and Teaching Conference. Online. 

August 2023. Invited speaker: 'Understanding student success'. University of South Wales. Online. 

July 2023. 'Changes to delivery of academic personal tutoring', co-delivered with Anna Viragos. Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) Showcase. Online. 

June 2023. Invited keynote: ‘Flexible learning and higher education: a recipe for under-represented student success?’. Advance HE Flexible Learning Symposium. 14th June 2023. The Studio, Leeds. 

September 2022. ‘Hiding in plain sight: Why every teacher should be student again’ (with Gareth Bramley). University of Law Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. 6th and 8th September 2022. Online. 

July 2022. ‘Can you hear me? – Using Listening Rooms to explore student success for under-represented students in LUBS and AHC’. Advance HE Learning and Teaching Conference. 6th July 2022. Northumbria University. 

June 2022. ‘Creating SoTL communities through critical storytelling: reflections on a participatory study with Russell Group academics of working-class heritage’ (with Charlie Davis, Penny Rivlin, Adam Matthews and Jessica Hawkins). EuroSoTL 2022. 17th June 2022. MMU.

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) Conference 2022 (online). 

March 2022: ‘Supporting the progression and attainment of diverse cohorts’ (with Maria Hussain). Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Certified Management Business Educator (CMBE) CPD training (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’ (with Gareth Bramley). 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. 

Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests, including: 

  • Under-representation, imposter phenomenon and challenging deficit thinking in HE
  • Career decisions, journeys and trajectories of academics from working-class backgrounds
  • Personal tutoring policies and practice
  • Authenticity in the classroom and if/how this links to sense of belonging

I have 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

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

Student education

Since joining LUBS in September 2018, I have taught on a range of modules covering academic and employability skills, business ethics, CSR and sustainability.