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Leanne is an experienced leader in Higher Education. Leanne designs and implements school strategy and manages the school budget and resource planning for over 130 academic staff, across 17 UG and PG courses for over 3000 students. Prior to this, Leanne was the Associate Head for Quality. This involved overseeing course reviews, revalidations, implementing University regulations and chairing various panels and boards. Within this role Leanne successfully led the project for EPAS accreditation at the initial stage and again three years later. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has the CMBE with the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABs).

Leanne researches on widening participation and opportunity in HE with a focus on access for working class students, commuting students and care leavers. In wider society Leanne writes on social exclusion, media representations of class, the 'underclass', defining class, class identity, political apathy and disconnect, social mobility and social capital. Leanne is an ethnographic critical realist who focusses on qualitative research methods.

Research Interests

Pedagogic Research: TEF; meta-cognition; self-assessment; widening access, success and participation; care leavers; student values; 

Subject Research: social class; social mobility; perceptions of class; politics and class; voicelessness; working class academics

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, Doctorate, Coventry University

Pg Cert HE, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

MA Management, MA, Coventry University

Pg Diploma Management, Postgraduate Diploma, Coventry University

BA Business and Finance, Degree, Coventry University

External positions

External Advisor, University of Northampton

19 Jan 2020

International Peer Review Team (EPAS), European Foundation for Management Development

1 Sep 2019 → …

National Panelist, Athena Swan, Advance HE

1 Jul 2019 → …

External Advisor, Cardiff Metropolitan University

10 Apr 2018

External Examiner, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sep 201731 Aug 2021

External Examiner, University of Lincoln

1 Sep 201731 Aug 2021

Academic Associate, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

1 Jan 2015 → …

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Research Output

Achieving Teaching Excellence: Lessons for Further and Higher Education: Case on Gaming and Simulation

Sindi, S., Wolstencroft, P., De Main, L. & Cashian, P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Milton Keynes: Open University Press. Open University Press, Vol. (In-Press). p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Role of Further Education in Widening Participation

Wolstencroft, P. & De Main, L., 9 Jun 2020, In : BERA Research Intelligence . 143, p. 27 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Voicelessness of the Working Class

    De Main, L., 2015, Inequalities and Social Justice Postgraduate Conference.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

    Chavs, Troubled Families and the Feral Underclass

    De Main, L., 20 May 2014.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


    • 13 Participation in conference
    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Other

    Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching (Journal)

    Leanne De Main (Associate Editor)
    1 Nov 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Vice Chair

    Leanne De Main (Chair)
    1 Nov 2018 → …

    Activity: Other

    Coventry University Teaching and Learning Conference

    Leanne De Main (Speaker)
    12 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    University of Warwick Centre for Education Studies Postgraduate Conference

    Leanne De Main (Speaker)
    6 May 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2014

    Leanne De Main (Speaker)
    1 Jul 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference