People

John Sharp (Professor of Higher Education and Head of LHERI) has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years, specialising in mixed-methods research designs and the analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.  John is particularly interested in the relationship between student engagement, approaches to learning, achievement-related emotions and academic attainment.

Bethan Everett (Administration and Finance Officer) provides essential operational support across LHERI as a whole and has additional responsibility for all internally and externally arranged events.  Bethan is also a member of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).

Lucy Mallinson (Research Assistant) specialises in impact evaluation and the design, implementation and analysis of large-scale online surveys.  Lucy’s most recent work with LiNCHigher and ‘Explaining the Gaps’ employs her knowledge of quantitative research methods within the field of widening participation.

Zoe Mills (Project Manager) has overall responsibility for the OfS funded project ‘Transitioning students effectively: A student led approach to mental health support’. Prior to this, Zoë worked for the Student Wellbeing Team at the university for almost 17 years. Zoë has a particular interest in improving the quality of the student experience including widening participation and student engagement.

Anthea Rose (Research Fellow) has nearly 20 years of research and evaluation experience across the social sciences, specialising in qualitative case study approaches. She is particularly interested in social justice and equality, rurality, and the impact of government policy. Recent areas of investigation include the effectiveness of school improvement initiatives and mental health and wellbeing across the sector. Anthea is also a co-convenor of BERA’s mental health and wellbeing special interest group.

Rebecca Sanderson (Research Assistant) specialises in qualitative and evaluative research and project management.  Her professional expertise includes project design and the implementation of monitoring and evaluation strategies and stakeholder communications.  Rebecca currently works on the University’s ‘Access and Participation Plan’.

Rachel Spacey (Research Fellow) specialises in mixed-methods research incorporating surveys, focus groups, interviews and participatory techniques including photo-elicitation and biography.  Her expertise also focuses on the student experience and widening participation evaluation. 

Rhianne Sterling-Morris (Senior LEAP Research Officer) provides operational support on the Lincoln Equality of Attainment Project (LEAP) working alongside Xiaotong Zhu to develop and introduce the Lincoln Education Toolkit for Student Success (LETSS). Since joining the university, Rhianne has been involved in a number of high-profile projects focussing on student engagement and equality, diversity and inclusion. Rhianne also co-chairs the People of Colour (POC) staff support network.

Xiaotong Zhu (Research Fellow) specialises in student engagement, assessment, assessment feedback and self-regulation using quantitative and mixed-methods techniques including the meta-analysis of data.  Xiaotong has recently completed two projects for the OfS and leads on the ‘Lincoln Equality of Attainment’ project.