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Dr Leanne de Main

Job: Associate Dean (Academic)

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Leanne is an experienced leader in Higher Education, currently as Associate Dean at De Montfort University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and holds the CMBE with the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABs).

Publications and outputs 

Wolstencroft, P., de Main, L. and Cashian, P. (2020 Achieving Teaching Excellence: Developing your TEF Profile and Beyond. Maidenhead: Open University Press

Wolstencroft, P. and de Main, L. (2020) 'Why Didn't You Tell Me That Before?' Engaging Students in Feedback within UK Higher Education. Journal of Further and Higher Education. DOI:10.1080/0309877X.2020.1759517

de Main, L. and Wolstencroft, P. (2020) 'The Role of Widening Participation'. British Education Research Association, Research Intelligence Special Issue 143 (2020), 27-28

Research interests/expertise

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.


PhD "Being Voiceless: Perceptions of class identity, misrepresentation and disconnect from a working class perspective.

MA Management

Pg Cert Higher Education Professiona Practice

BA (hons) Business and Finance

Membership of external committees

Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE) - Chartered Association of Business Schools

Conference attendance

de Main, L. and Wolstencroft, P. (2020) ‘No Place Like Home: Bringing Higher Education to Further Education’ 6th Widening Participation Biennial Conference, Open University 22nd/23rd April 2020 (Paper accepted but conference postponed to 17th/18th March 2021 due to Covid-19)

de Main, L and Wolstencroft, P. (2020b) ‘From FE to HE: Creating confidence through increased student belonging’. National Education Opportunities Education Network (NEON) Symposium. 21-22nd October

de Main, L. Langston, F. and Jackson, D. (2017) ‘Tailoring your Lecture Style to Suit the Needs of Students with Disabilities’. CU Teaching and Learning Conference. Coventry University, 22-23 June

de Main, L. (2016) ‘The Voicelessness of the Working Class’ Inequalities and Social Justice Postgraduate Conference. ESRC/University of Warwick. 10th July

Crossan, M. and de Main, L. (2015) ‘Re-Setting all Student Expectations of Internationalisation during University Induction’ SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference 2015- Internationalising the Curriculum:  What does this mean? How can we achieve it? Manchester. 14th - 15th May.

Bass, T., de Main, L. and Pyper, N. (2015) ‘The Challenge of Enabling Global Citizens: Teaching Professional Skills to Diverse Cohorts”’, European Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 7-9th July 2015, Cork, Ireland

de Main, L. (2014) ‘Chavs, Troubled Families and the Feral Underclass’ ESRC Festival of Social Science. 1st November, University of Warwick

Bass, T. & de Main, L. (2014) ‘Discourse analysis as a creative learning and assessment tool for business undergraduates’ ISSOTL Conference. 22nd-24th October - Quebec City

de Main, L. (2014) ‘The perceived voicelessness of the white working class’ BESRES – Coventry University, 1 July 2014

de Main, L. (2014) ‘The perceived voicelessness of the white working class: Preliminary findings of an exploratory case study’ Postgraduate Research Symposium, Poster submission, Coventry University

de Main, L. (2014) ‘The perceived voicelessness of the white working class’ Centre for Social Relations Conference, 28/29 March 2014

Bass, T. and de Main, L. (2013) ‘Students as Partners in Assessment: A Postgraduate Perspective’ Higher Education Academy Conference 2013, University of Warwick.

de Main, L. (2013) ‘Self-assessment for Postgraduate students’. Engaging Students in Active, Inquiry Based and Effective Learning – Coventry University.

de Main, L (2012) ‘Who speaks for the white working classes? The value of social capital’ Regeneration Management Research, Birmingham City University – November 2012

de Main, L. and Bass, T. (2012) ‘Who needs Lecturers anyway? Learning how to learn through self-assessment and self-regulation: a case study’ Improving student learning through research and scholarship: 20 years of ISL - August 2012, Lund University, Sweden

Professional esteem indicators

Advance HE, Athena Swan - National Panelist

EFMD Global - International Peer Reviewer

COMPASS Journal of Teaching and Learning - Editorial Board Member

Reviewer – The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) (2017 - 2019)

Reviewer & Panel Chair – Annual Assessment in HE Conference (2015 -)

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External activities

Vice Chair and Community Governor – King Edward VI College, Nuneaton (2018 -), Better Futures Multi-Academy Trust

External Examiner – Liverpool John Moores University (2017-2021)

External Examiner – University of Lincoln (2017-2021)

External Expert Advisor - University of Northumbria (2020)

External Expert Advisor – University of Northampton (2020)

External Expert Advisor – University of Surrey (2019)

External Expert Advisor – Cardiff Metropolitan University (2018)

External Examiner – University of Plymouth, Cornwall College (2007-2010)

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