University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

    Dr Rachel Spacey

    Research Fellow

    Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute

    About Rachel Spacey

    Rachel Spacey is Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Vice Chancellor’s Office.

    Department Responsibilities

    Rachel has worked at the University of Lincoln since June 2014. Her first post was as Research Fellow (part time) in the School of Education where she was the Institutional Researcher on the Postgraduate Experience Project (PEP) funded by HEFCE and she also taught on the EdD programme. Rachel moved to the Vice Chancellor’s Office in January 2016 where she now works full time researching the student experience.

    Subject Specialism

    Higher Education; University Students; Lifelong Learning; Public Libraries


    • ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills — ILM, 2014
    • Family literacy and learning (module of MA Adult Literacy) — Lancaster University, 2006
    • PhD Information Science — Loughborough University, 2004
    • MA Library and Information Studies — Loughborough University, 2000
    • MA Women’s Studies — Nottingham Trent University, 1998
    • BA (Hons) Politics and History — Newcastle University, 1995


    • Associate Fellowship — Higher Education Academy, 2015
    • MCLIP — Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, 2007

    Professional Affiliations

    • CILIP — Member
    • BERA — Member
    • SRHE — Member

    Research Interests

    Research Projects

    • Understanding the Student Experience — 2016
    • Postgraduate Experience Project — HEFCE in 2014
    • Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries — AHRC in 2012
    • The impact of reading for pleasure on blind and partially sighted adults — RNIB in 2012
    • Engaging unemployed women in ESF-funded training — Skills Funding Agency in 2011
    • The Family Learning Approach — UNESCO in 2008
    • Renaissance North West: Evaluation of the North West Museum Hub Family Learning Initiatives — North West Museum Hub in 2008
    • Learning journeys of Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Somali women — European Social Fund in 2008
    • Making the connection - mental health and family learning — NHS - Section 64 in 2007
    • An Exploratory Study on the Links Between Family Learning and Parenting Programmes in Local Authority Settings — DfES in 2007
    • The building blocks of quality in family learning — Learning and Skills Council in 2006
    • Biblio.for.mEDA — European Union - Leonardo in 2004

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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