Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
Lincoln HE Research Institute
About Rachel Spacey
Rachel Spacey is Research Fellow (part time) in LHERI where she is evaluating the university’s access agreement.
Within LHERI Rachel leads on the Access Agreement Evaluation Project and is Reviewer: the Lincoln Higher Education Research Awards 2017 and Reviewer: IMPact: The University of Lincoln journal of Higher Education Research. Rachel has worked at the University of Lincoln since June 2014. Her first post was as Research Fellow 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 was researching the student experience with Prof. Mary Stuart and she moved to LHERI in September 2017.
Higher Education; University Students; Widening Participation; Lifelong Learning; Adult Learning; Public Libraries; Libraries and Information
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
— Higher Education Academy,
MCLIP - revalidated
— Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals,
Research Groups Memberships
Recording and recognising the experiences of estranged students in higher education: a participatory research project using photo-elicitation
— LHERAward in 2017
Access Agreement Evaluation Project
— UoL in 2017
Understanding the Student Experience
— UoL in 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
Learning journeys of Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Somali women
— European Social Fund in 2008
Renaissance North West: Evaluation of the North West Museum Hub Family Learning Initiatives
— North West Museum Hub in 2008
The Family Learning Approach
— UNESCO 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
— European Union - Leonardo in 2004
Trends in Scholarly Communications: Output, Access and Use Issues
— JISC in 2002
- Spacey, R. and Muir, A. and Cooke, L. and Creaser, C. and Spezi, V. (2017) Filtering wireless (Wi-Fi) internet access in public places. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 49 (1). pp. 15-25. ISSN 0961-0006
- Muir, Adrienne and Spacey, Rachel and Cooke, Louise and Creaser, Claire (2016) Regulating internet access in UK public libraries: legal compliance and ethical dilemmas. Journal of Information Communication and Ethics in Society, 14 (1). pp. 87-104. ISSN 1477-996X
- Spacey, Rachel and Cooke, Louise and Creaser, Claire and Muir, Adrienne (2015) Regulating Internet access and content in UK public libraries: findings from the MAIPLE project. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 47 (1). pp. 71-84. ISSN 0961-0006
- Spacey, Rachel and Creaser, Claire and Hicks, Debbie (2014) The impact of reading for pleasure on blind and partially sighted adults and its implications for materials provision. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 46 (4). pp. 271-288. ISSN 0961-0006
- Cooke, Louise and Spacey, Rachel and Creaser, Claire and Muir, Adrienne (2014) You don’t come to the library to look at porn and stuff like that": filtering software in public libraries. Library and Information Research, 38 (117). ISSN 1756-1086
- Spacey, Rachel and Cooke, Louise and Muir, Adrienne and Creaser, Claire (2013) Regulating use of the internet in public libraries: a review. Journal of Documentation, 70 (3). pp. 478-497. ISSN 0022-0418
- Spacey, Rachel (2006) We are family: family learning and public libraries. Public Library Journal, 21 (3). pp. 29-32. ISSN 0268-893X
- Benstead, Kerry and Spacey, Rachel and Goulding, Anne (2004) Changing public library service delivery to rural communities in England. New Library World, 105 (11/12). pp. 400-409. ISSN 0307-4803
- Spacey, Rachel and Goulding, Anne (2004) Learner support in UK public libraries. Aslib Proceedings, 56 (6). ISSN 0001-253X
- Spacey, Rachel and Goulding, Anne and Murray, Ian (2004) The power of influence: what affects public library staff's attitudes to the Internet? Library Management, 25 (6/7). pp. 270-276. ISSN 0143-5124
- Spacey, Rachel and Goulding, Anne and Murray, Ian (2004) Exploring the attitudes of public library staff to the Internet using the TAM. Journal of Documentation, 60 (5). pp. 550-564. ISSN 0022-0418
- Goulding, Anne and Spacey, Rachel (2003) The People’s Network and cultural change. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 35 (2). pp. 75-77. ISSN 0961-0006
- Goulding, Anne and Spacey, Rachel (2003) Women and the information society: barriers and participation. IFLA Journal, 29 (1). pp. 33-40. ISSN 0340-0352
- Spacey, Rachel and Goulding, Anne and Murray, Ian (2003) ICT and change in UK public libraries: does training matter? Library Management, 24 (1/2). pp. 61-69. ISSN 0143-5124
- Spacey, Rachel (2017) Using life writing data from the Mass Observation Archive to understand who should have and who should pay for Higher Education. In: BERA (British Educational Research Association) Annual Conference 2017, 5 - 7 September 2017, University of Sussex.
- Spacey, Rachel and Stuart, Mary (2017) “I feel like there’s a bit of an obsession with the student experience”: deconstructing the university student experience. In: BERA (British Educational Research Association) Annual Conference, 5th-7th September 2017, University of Sussex.
- Spacey, Rachel and Stuart, Mary (2017) “It’s different for everyone”: understanding the student experience of higher education. In: European Educational Research Association: ECER 2017, 22-25 August 2017, Copenhagen.
- Spacey, Rachel (2017) Who should pay and who should go: using correspondent data from the Mass Observation Project to explore attitudes to higher education. In: Anniversary Conference - celebrating 80 years of the Mass Observation movement, 10 -11 July 2017, University of Sussex.
- Spacey, Rachel and Stuart, Mary (2016) Making sense of the student experience: searching for meaning in an overused term. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference 2016, 7-9 December 2016, Newport, Wales.
- Spacey, Rachel and Stuart, Mary (2016) Understanding the student experience. In: Understanding the Contemporary Higher Education Student, 21st September 2016, University of Surrey.
- Abbas, Andrea and Spacey, Rachel (2015) Convergent policies and differentiated contexts: developing an understanding of employability through the disciplinary lenses of students and academics in taught STEM postgraduate programmes. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference 2015, December 2015, Newport, Wales.
- Spacey, Rachel and Cooke, Louise and Creaser, Claire and Muir, Adrienne (2014) Managing access to the Internet in public libraries in the UK – the findings of the MAIPLE project. In: ATINER Annual International Conference on Library and Information Science, 4-7 August 2014, Athens, Greece, 4-7 August 2014, Athens, Greece.
- Spacey, Rachel (2014) Managing access to the internet in public libraries in the UK: the findings of the MAIPLE project. In: Annual International Conference on Library and Information Science, 4 - 7 August 2014, Athens.
- Spacey, Rachel (2003) An evaluation of the New Opportunities Fund ICT Training Programme for Public Library Staff, UK. In: World Library and Information Congress: 69th IFLA General Conference and Council, 1-9 August 2003, Berlin, Germany.
- Spacey, Rachel and Abbas, Andrea (2015) Postgraduate Experience Project: investigating the expectations and attitudes towards postgraduate taught science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) study at the University of Lincoln 2014/2015. Project Report. UoL.
- Spacey, Rachel and Cooke, Louise and Muir, Adrienne and Creaser, Claire (2014) Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries [MAIPLE]. End of award report submitted to the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Project Report. Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.
- Creaser, Claire and Spacey, Rachel and Hicks, Debbie (2012) Assessing the impact of reading for blind and partially sighted adults. Project Report. The Reading Agency.
Reviewer - BERA Annual Conference 2018, 2018; Reviewer - ECER Emerging Researchers' Conference 2018; Invited Reviewer -
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science; Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science; Referee - Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning