Mrs Ros Lishman

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7434



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Personal profile

Senior Lecturer

Ros has been at DMU since 1997, initially contributing to housing teaching, research and consultancy and more recently undertaking activities for the wider Department and Faculty and University.

Ros' teaching commitments have mostly been to undergraduate and postgraduate housing programmes.  She now leads on dissertations for the Department, contributes to the MSc Project Management and runs a core module on the undergraduate politics/IR programmes.  She focuses on the innovative use of technology enhanced learning and on improving the academic and professional skills of students and staff alike.

Teacher Fellow

In summer 2012 Ros' teaching excellence was recognised by the University and she was awarded a three-year funded Teacher Fellowship.  The University annually awards up to six new Teacher Fellows, a role which involves leading on teaching and learning issues.  Ros has particularly been interested in using the Fellowship to improve academic professional development.  For example, she has received funding to undertake small research projects:

  • to understand the level of interest in academic professional development opportunities in the Faculty; and 
  • to enhance staff digital capabilities in the Department.

Ros has also mentored colleagues who have applied for Teacher Fellowship and sat on the awarding panel for the 2016 and 2017 Teacher Fellows.

Working as a Teacher Fellow currently forms 0.1FTE of Ros' activitities at DMU.

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

In December 2014 Ros successfully made a claim for Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), under the University's learning and teaching recognition scheme, ‘Define’.  Ros is now taking an active role in supporting colleagues to gain their Fellowship through mentoring as well as sitting on/chairing assessment panels.

Digital Education

Ros' specialism is using teachnology in all areas of academic practice and has completed the PgDip in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh.  Being an online distance learning student has given Ros useful insights which she uses to improve the learning experience of her own students.

Digital Communications

Ros leads on digital communications in the Department of Politics, People and Place to promote its activities.  This includes working with a DMU Frontrunner to tweet/retweet on Twitter @LCBSHousing and @DMUpolitics, to post on Facebook and Instagram, as well as collating and editing an e-zine and managing the Policy Exchanges blog and other micro-blogging sites.

DMU LT2020

Elements of Ros' work have been included in LT2020, the University's repository of innovative learning and teaching resources. To access her work click on this link

Research group affiliations

Centre for Academic Innovation - newly established 2018/19

Publications and outputs 

Click here to see a full listing of Ros Lishman's housing publications and outputs.

Research interests/expertise

  • Digital education / e-learning
  • Digital capabilities
  • Approaches to learning and teaching for professional students, e.g. information literacies
  • Experiential learning
  • Professional development for academic staff
  • Housing
  • Allocations and lettings for social housing
  • Project management

Areas of teaching

  • Academic skills, including referencing - co-author of Faculty approved guides
  • Employability skills
  • Research skills - using experiences of undertaking housing research and consultancy
  • Reflective practitioners - using e-portfolios to capture activity and evidence
  • Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations
  • Housing - choice and lettings
  • Project Management


BSc (Hons) Geographical Science with French, University of Portsmouth (1994) first

Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh (2016) merit   

Courses taught

BSc (Hons) Housing Studies (online distance learning)

Programme Leader

Module Leader:

  • Housing Dissertation (BEHS3402) - 45 credits, Level 6


MSc Housing Studies (online distance learning)

Programme Leader

Module Leader:

  • Housing Research (BEHS5922) - 15 credits, Level 7
  • Housing Dissertation (BEHS5923) - 60 credits, Level 7


Undergradute Politics and Public Policy Programmes

Module Leader:

  • Politics in Action (POPP2515) - 15 credits, Level 5

Co-Module Leader:

  • Dissertation (POPP3000) - 30 credits, Level 6


MA Politics / MA International Relations / MA Dipomacy & World Order

Module Leader:

  • Dissertation (POPP5026) - 60 credits, Level 7


MSc Project Management

Module Leader:

  • Project Management Case Study Analysis (POPP5036) - 15 credits, Level 7
  • Project Management Skills (POPP5037) - 15 credits, Level 7


Ros has experience of teaching on a range of courses in the Department – which has included a mix of face-to-face, blended and online distance learning particularly for part-time professionals.

Honours and awards

DMU Teacher Fellow - from 2012

Professional licences and certificates

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) - from 2014

Conference attendance

Lishman, R. (2012) Housing & E-learning: using the CoI model, presentation at the E-learning & Housing Programmes, DMU & HEA Workshop & Seminar, De Montfort University, Leicester, 9 May

Lishman, R. & Crisp, A. (2013) Virtual reality experiences of using avatars in teaching and learning, presentation at the Technology and Pedagogic Change DMU ELT Symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, 12 June

Lishman, R. (2013) Le Choice-Based Lettings en Angleterre, keynote speaker at the Conférence communale du Logement de la Ville de Grenoble, Grenoble, 20 September

Lishman, R. (2013) Réforme du logement social: le cadre national et ses déclinaisons territoriales?, roundtable participant at the 16th European Annual Conference of Local Public Enterprises, CNIT La  Défence, Paris, 30 October

Lishman, R. (2014) Information Literacies: a different lens for online part-time professional students?, presentation at the Student Transitions: The Triad of Understanding, DMU Learning and Teaching Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, 3 September

Lishman, R. (2015) Mes Voyages en France (2013): Allocations, lettings and choice, Similar issues – sharing solutions in Europe, presentation at Allocations, Lettings and Choice: the issues and the solutions, HQN Seminar, Leeds, 10 March

Lishman, R. & Christopher, S. (2015) Using E-Portfolios to Reflect on Academic and Professional Skills: Experiences of Teaching and Assessing Reflection, presentation at the Supporting and Developing Student Reflection in Assessments Seminar, De Montfort University, Leicester, 15 May

Lishman, R. (2015) Using E-portfolios to assess professional practice for housing students, presentation at the Student Transitions II: The Pillars of Learning, DMU Learning and Teaching Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester 15 September

Consultancy work

Choice-based lettings

  • Seconded to Harborough District Council to set up the first district-wide choice-based lettings (CBL) project in England, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Jointly carried out evaluations of a number of CBL schemes, often focusing on data extraction and analysis as well as developing, undertaking and analysing questionnaires for a range of stakeholders. 
  • 013: involved in sharing the experiences of introducing choice-based lettings with social landlords and municipalities in France.

Externally funded research grants information

Title: Boosting the Supply of Affordable Rented Housing in the UK: Learning from Other Countries 
Type of Project: Comparative review
Start Date: January 2013
End Date: December 2013
Role in Project: Supported Principal Investigator and other researchers
Collaborators: Oxley, M., Brown, T. and Richardson, J.

Internally funded research project information

Title: Engaging Academics: investigating professional development reluctance

Funding Agency: DMU Teacher Fellow Funding for Pedagogic Research and Development Projects 2012/13

Type of Project: Research Project

Start Date: Sept 2012

End Date: Dec 2013

Role in Project:  Principle Investigator

Collaborator: Annie Britton


Title: DigitalPoPP: enhancing digital capabilities in the Department of Politics and Public Policy

Funding Agency: DMU Teacher Fellow Funding for Pedagogic Research and Development Projects 2014/15

Type of Project: Research Project

Start Date: March 2015

End Date: July 2015

Role in Project:  Principle Investigator

Collaborators: Jacq Furness, Chris Goldsmith, Richard Vallance

Additional Activities

Frontrunner Internship Mentor

  • 2014/15: Future of Housing Education - to review the status of housing education in the UK
  • 2015-2017: Politics Resources - to organise, catalogue and share learning and research resources in the Department
  • 2015-2019: Politics in Action - to increase the online prescence of the Department through social media


“I got my HEA Fellowship … I just wanted … to say thank you for all the help you gave me. I found the session with you hugely helpful and am certain that the guidance I received from you was instrumental to my being awarded the Fellowship. Thank you very much!” (PgCert Higher Education student, 2015/16)

"I cannot thank enough Ros Lishman, Dr Peter King and Dr Tim Brown ... for the support that they have given, particularly Ros over the last year and for making my time at De Montfort interesting and enjoyable."  (BSc (Hons) Housing Studies graduate, July 2015)

"Thank you for another informative year of teaching. I have learnt new skills and broaden my horizons through the module [Housing and Transferable Skills]." (Foundation Degree in Housing, Communities and Regeneration student, June 2015)


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