Professor Jocey Quinn

Professor Jocey Quinn

Professor of Education

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Professor of Education


PhD Educational Research,  Lancaster University (ESRC award)

PGCEA (Majoring in Higher Education), University of Surrey

MA Area Studies: USA, University College, London (DES award)

BA Hons English, University of Liverpool

Professional membership


Roles on external bodies

Editorial Board

Gender and Education
Policy Futures in Education
Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

Research interests

Education and Culture

Learning outside Formal Education

Post-compulsory Education and Training

Comparative Higher Education

HE curriculum and feminist ideas

Grants & contracts

Current externally funded projects

2015-2017 Arts Council Research Grants Programme, Beyond Words, principal investigator

2014-2016 British Academy, The Significance and Survival of Tent City University, principal investigator

2014-2016 Erasmus+, PrevDrop, Preventing student drop out from Higher Education or facilitating successful switching to Vocational Education and Training, co-investigator

Selected Previous Funded Projects

2013-2015 Council of Europe, Higher Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, principal investigator

2013-2016 Campaign for National Parks, Mosaic Youth Project, principal investigator 

2011-2013 ESRC New Perspectives on Education and Culture, principal investigator

2012 Equality Challenge Unit, Women's Mentoring in Higher Education, principal investigator

2009-2010 Equality Challenge Unit, Equality issues in student work placements in the Arts and Cultural Sector, principal investigator

2007-2008 DIUS  International synthesis of widening participation initiatives, principal investigator

2006-2008 EU/Learning and Skills Council/Connexions Young people in jobs without training in South West England, principal investigator

2006 ESRC Backward and Forward Linkages between universities and communities, co-applicant

2003-2005 Joseph Rowntree Foundation Rethinking working class drop out from Higher Education, principal investigator

2003-2004 Learning and Skills Research Council, Learning Brokerage Research Project, co-applicant

2002-2003 Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, International retention in HE  project, co-applicant

2002-2004 ESRC Problematising Methodology in Access Research, principal investigator

2002 DfES Supporting Retention of Non-Traditional Students in HE (Traynor Report), co-applicant

2001 HEFCE Evaluation of widening participation partnerships, co-applicant

1997-2000 ESRC Powerful Subjects: women students, subjectivity and the HE curriculum, PhD studentship


Quinn, J. ( forthcoming) Education and Culture, London: Routledge

Quinn, J. (2010) Learning Communities and Imagined Social Capital, London:

Quinn, J. (2003) Powerful Subjects: are women really taking over the university?,
Stoke on Trent: Trentham

Thomas, L. and Quinn, J. ( 2007) First generation entry into Higher Education: an
International study
, Buckingham: SRHE, Open University Press

 Edited Books

Thomas, L., Cooper, M. and Quinn, J. (2003) Improving Completion Rates among disadvantaged students, Stoke: Trentham Books

Thomas, L. Cooper, M. and Quinn, J. (2002) Collaboration to Widen Participation, Stoke: Trentham Books

Thomas, L., Cooper, M. and Quinn, J. (2001) Access to Higher Education: The Unfinished Business, Stoke: Trentham Books

Davies, S., Lubelska, C. and Quinn, J. (1994) Changing the Subject: Women in Higher Education, London: Taylor and Francis

Book Chapters

Quinn, J., Allen, K., Hollingworth, S., Maylor, U., Osgood, J., Rose, A. (2015) Dialogue or Duel?the gendered politics of impacting and engaging, in Y. Taylor, Ed, The Entrepreneurial University Engaging Publics, London: Routledge

Allen, K., Quinn, J., Hollingworth, S. and Rose, A. ( 2012)  Doing Diversity and Evading Equality: the case of student work placements in the arts and cultural sector in Y. Taylor Ed Diversity, London: Palgrave MacMillian

Sandmann, L., Moore, T. and Quinn, J. (2012) Center and Periphery in Service Learning and Community Engagement, in J, Hatcher and R. Bringle (Eds) Service Learning and Community Engagement: crossing boundaries through research: Information Age Press: USA

Quinn, J. (2009) Rethinking ‘failed’ transitions into Higher Education, in Ecclestone, K. Biesta, G. and Hughes, M. Eds Transitions and Learning through the Lifecourse, London: Routledge

Quinn, J., Lawy, R. and Diment,  K. (2009) “Drifting”, “Desperate” or just “Diverse”? (2009) Researching young people in jobs without training’ in J. Field, J. Gallacher and R., Ingrams, (Eds)   Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning, London: Routledge

Quinn, J. (2008) Crossing borders of the mind: women in Higher Education, in J. Klaehn, (Ed), Roadblocks to Equality, Toronto: Black Rose Press

Quinn, J. (2007) Welcome to the Pleasure Dome: women taking pleasure in the university, in P. Cotterill, G. Letherby and S. Jackson (Eds) Challenges and Negotiations for Women in Higher Education, New York : Kluwer Academic Publishers

Quinn, J. (2006) Mass Participation but no Curriculum Transformation in Jary, D. and  Jones, R. (Eds) The Policy and Practice of Widening Participation in the Social Sciences CSAP; University of Birmingham

Quinn, J. (2004) The Corporeality of Learning: Women Students and the Body in Ali, S. Benjamin, S. and Mauthner, M. (Eds) The Politics of Gender and Education, London: Pearson Macmillan

Quinn, J. (2003) The Ethnographic Self as Hired Hand: Reflecting on Researching Partnerships, in Satterthwaite, J., Gale, K. and Atkinson E. (Eds) Discourse Power and Resistance: challenging the rhetoric of contemporary education, Stoke: Trentham Books

Quinn, J. (2002) Interdisciplinary Collaboration: its role in widening participation in Thomas, L, Cooper, M. and Quinn, J. Collaboration to Widen Participation, Stoke: Trentham Books

Journal Articles

Quinn, J. (2013) Theorising Learning and Nature: posthuman possibilities and problems, Gender and Education, Special Issue

Quinn, J.  (2013) New Learning Worlds? The significance of nature in the lives of disadvantaged young people, Discourse: Cultural Politics of Education, 34:5

Allen, K., Quinn, J., Hollingworth, S. and Rose, A. (2013) Becoming an employable student and an ‘ideal’ creative worker: inequality and diversity in student work placements, British Journal of Sociology of Education

Holdsworth , C. and Quinn, J. (2012) The epistemological challenge of HE student volunteering: ‘reproductive’ or ‘deconstructive’ volunteering? Antipode: Journal of Radical Geography, 44:2, pp386-405

Holdsworth, C. and Quinn, J. (2010) Student volunteering in English higher education, Studies in Higher Education Vol 35:2, pp113-127

Lawy, R., Quinn, J. and Diment, K. (2010) Responding to the ‘needs’ of young people in jobs without training: some policy suggestions and recommendations, Journal of Youth Studies, 13(3) 335-351

Quinn, J. (2009) Many more rivers to cross: women in Higher Education, Gender and Education, Vol 21:3, pp 337-341

Lawy, R., Quinn, J. and Diment, K. (2009) Listening to ‘the thick bunch’: (mis)understandings and (mis)representations of young people in jobs without training in South West England, British Journal of Sociology of Education

Quinn, J., Lawy, R. and Diment, K. (2008) “Dead End Kids In Dead End Jobs”? Reshaping Debates on Young People in Jobs without Training, Research in Postcompulsory Education, Vol 13:2, pp185-194

Quinn, J., Thomas, L., Slack, K., Casey, L., Thexton, W. and Noble, J. (2006) Lifting the Hood: lifelong learning and young, white, provincial working class masculinities, British Educational Research Journal, Vol 32:5

Quinn, J. (2005) Belonging in a learning community: the reimagined university and imagined social capital, Studies in the Education of Adults, Vol 37: 1

Quinn, J., Thomas, L. Slack, K., Vigurs, K. and  Flynn, N.  (2005)  Learners on their own terms? Learning brokerage, mainstream transformation and social exclusion, Journal of Access Policy and Practice,

Quinn, J. (2004) Understanding working class drop out through a socio-cultural lens: cultural narratives and local contexts, International Studies in Sociology of Education, Vol 14:1

Quinn, J. (2004) Mothers, Learners and Countermemory, Gender and Education, Vol 16:3

Slack, K., Thomas, L., Casey, L. Vigurs, K, Quinn, J. and Flynn., N. (2004) Learning Brokerage: Building Bridges between learners and providers, Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Vol 6:3

Quinn, J. (2003) The dynamics of the protected space: spatial concepts and women students, British Journal of Sociology of Education Vol 24:4


Reports & invited lectures

Research Reports

Quinn, J. ( 2013) Drop out and completion in Higher Education in Europe amongst under-represented students, report commissioned by the Network of Experts in Social Aspects of Education and Training (NESET) on behalf of the European Commission

Quinn, J. (2011) Women’s Mentoring in Higher Education: research report and Guidelines for the HE sector, Equality Challenge Unit

Allen, K., Quinn,J. , Hollingworth, S. and Rose, A.( 2010) Equality issues in student work placements in the arts and cultural sector, London: Equality Challenge Unit

Quinn, J., Kuyok, K. A., Minty, S. (2009) International synthesis of widening participation evidence, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills: London

Quinn, J., Lawy, R. and Diment, K. (2008) Young People in jobs without training in South West England: Not just ‘dead-end kids in dead-end jobs’, Marchmont Observatory/Exeter University

Quinn, J. Thomas, L., Slack, K., Casey, L., Thexton, W. and Noble, J. (2005) From Life Crisis to Lifelong Learning: Rethinking working class drop-out from higher education, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation,

Thomas, L. Quinn, J., Slack, K., Vigurs, K, Casey, L. and   Flynn, N.(2005/2004) Learning Brokers Research Project: Reports One, Two and Three London: Learning and Skills Research Centre

Thomas, L. and Quinn, J. (2003) International Insights into Widening Participation: Institute for Access Studies: Staffordshire University (Sutton Trust and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation)

Thomas, L., Quinn, J., Slack, K. and Casey, L. (2002) Student Services Project: Effective Approaches to Retaining non-traditional  Students in Higher Education. London: DfES

Thomas, L. Quinn, J., Slack, K. and Williams, S. (2001) Widening Participation: evaluation of the collaboration between higher education institutions and further education colleges to increase participation in higher education. Bristol