Centre for the Study of Higher Education

About

I am a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent. My route into Higher Education research has been somewhat eclectic. I have an MA in Higher Education, a PGCHE and a PGCE in secondary science. I am a qualified yoga teacher and somatic movement therapist, I worked as a body-worker and movement artist and my first degree is in Chemistry with Analytical Science. My doctoral studies were a phenomenological exploration of young children’s perceptions, expressions and reflections of embodiment through movement.

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Publications

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Article
Leigh, J. S. and Brown, N. (2021) "Researcher experiences in practice based interdisciplinary research", Research Evaluation. Oxford University Press.
Collins, J., Brown, N. and Leigh, J. S. (2021) "Making sense of cultural bumps: supporting international graduate teaching assistants with their teaching", Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2021.1919175.
Caltagirone, C., Draper, E. R., Hardie, M. J., Haynes, C. J. E., Hiscock, J. R., Jolliffe, K. A., Kieffer, M., Leigh, J. S. and McConnell, A. J. (2021) "Calling in support: An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity", Chemistry World. Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 5-5. Available at: https://www.chemistryworld.com/opinion/supramolecular-community-calls-in-support-for-gender-equity/4013248.article.
Caltagirone, C., Draper, E. R., Hiscock, J. R., Hardie, M. J., Haynes, C. J. E., Jolliffe, K. A., McConnell, A. J. and Leigh, J. S. (2021) "An area specific, international community-led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within supramolecular chemistry", Angewandte Chemie. Wiley.
Beadle-Brown, J., Beecham, J., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Richardson, L. (2020) "Outcomes and costs of skilled support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs", Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/jar.12782.
Hiscock, J. R. and Leigh, J. S. (2020) "Exploring perceptions of and supporting dyslexia in teachers in higher education in STEM", Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Taylor & Francis, pp. 714-723. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2020.1764377.
Leigh, J. S., Petsilas, P., Brown, N. and Blackburn, C. (2019) "Embodied Reflection – Exploring creative routes to teaching reflective practice within dance training", Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. intellect, pp. 177-195. doi: 10.1386/jdsp_00004_1.
Leigh, J. (2019) "Using creative research methods and movement to encourage reflection in children", Journal of Early Childhood Research. SAGE, pp. 130-142. doi: 10.1177/1476718X19885992.
Leigh, J. S. (2019) "Exploring multiple identities: An embodied perspective on academic development and higher education research", Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Intellect, pp. 99-114. doi: 10.1386/jdsp.11.1.99_1.
Leigh, J. S., Brown, N., Petsilas, P. and Blackburn, C. (2019) "Creative and embodied methods to teach reflections and support students' learning", Research in Dance Education. Taylor & Francis, pp. 19-35. doi: 10.1080/14647893.2019.1572733.
Beadle-Brown, J., Wilkinson, D. T., Richardson, L., Shaughnessy, N., Trimingham, M., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Himmerich, J. (2018) "Imagining Autism: Feasibility of a Drama-Based Intervention on the Social, Communicative and Imaginative behaviour of Children with Autism", Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice. Sage, pp. 915-927. doi: 10.1177/1362361317710797.
Brown, N., Thompson, P. and Leigh, J. S. (2018) "Making Academia More Accessible", Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. Napier. doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v6i2.348.
Brown, N. and Leigh, J. S. (2018) "Ableism in Academia: Where are the disabled and ill academics?", Disability and Society. Taylor & Francis, pp. 985-989. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2018.1455627.
Bradshaw, J., Beadle-Brown, J., Richardson, L., Whelton, B. and Leigh, J. S. (2018) "Managers' views of skilled support", Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Wiley, pp. 873-884. doi: 10.1111/jar.12444?.
Leigh, J. S. and Brown, N. (2018) "Academia needs to talk about invisible disabilities", Times Higher Education Supplement. TSL Education Ltd. Available at: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/academia-needs-talk-about-invisible-disabilities#survey-answer.
Leigh, J. S. (2017) "Experiencing emotion: Children's perceptions, reflections and self-regulation", Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy. Taylor & Francis, pp. 128-144. doi: 10.1080/17432979.2017.1303544.
Leigh, J. S. (2017) "Perceptions, tensions and expectations of programmes for academic and professional development", Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. Napier, pp. 31-38. doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v5i1.220.
Leigh, J. S. (2016) "An embodied perspective on judgements of written reflective practice for professional development in Higher Education", Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Taylor & Francis, pp. 72-85. doi: 10.1080/14623943.2015.1123688.
Beadle-Brown, J., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B., Richardson, L., Beecham, J., Bäumker, T. and Bradshaw, J. (2015) "Quality of life and quality of support for people with severe intellectual disability and complex needs", Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 0-0. doi: 10.1111/jar.12200.
Leigh, J. S. (2014) "'I still feel isolated and disposable': Perceptions of professional development for part-time teachers in HE", Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. Napier, pp. 105-105. Available at: http://jpaap.napier.ac.uk/index.php/JPAAP/article/view/105.
Leigh, J. S. and Bailey, R. (2013) "Reflection, Reflective Practice and Embodied Reflective Practice", Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice, pp. 160-171. doi: 10.1080/17432979.2013.797498.
Bradshaw, J., Beadle-Brown, J., Beecham, J., Mansell, J., Bäumker, T., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Richardson, L. (2013) "Quality of communication support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs", Communication Matters, pp. 24-26.
Book section
Watson, B. and Leigh, J. S. (2021) "Using photo diaries as an inclusive method to explore information experiences in Higher Education", in Cao, X. and Henderson, E. F. (eds.) Exploring diary methods in higher education research: Opportunities, choices and challenges. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429326318.
Leigh, J. S. (2021) "What Would a Rhythmanalysis Of a Qualitative Researcher's Life Look Like?", in Temporality in Qualitative Inquiry: Theories, Methods and Practices. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003083504.
Leigh, J. S. (2021) "Embodiment and authenticity: how embodied research might shed light on experiences of disability and chronic illness", in Brown, N. (ed.) Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, pp. 53-72. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv1nh3m5m.10.
Hiscock, J. R. and Leigh, J. S. (2021) "Teaching with and supporting teachers with dyslexia in higher education", in Brown, N. (ed.) Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education. London, UK: Policy Press, pp. 249-264. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv1nh3m5m.
Finesilver, C., Leigh, J. S. and Brown, N. (2020) "Invisible disability, unacknowledged diversity", in Ableism in academia: Theorising experiences of disabilities and chronic illnesses in higher education. London, UK: UCL Press. Available at: https://www.uclpress.co.uk/products/123203.
Leigh, J. S. and Brown, N. (2020) "Internalised ableism: Of the political and the personal", in Ableism in academia: Theorising experiences of disabilities and chronic illnesses in higher education. London, UK: UCL Press. Available at: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110703/1/Ableism-in-Academia.pdf.
Brown, N. and Leigh, J. S. (2020) "Concluding thoughts: Moving forward", in Ableism in academia: Theorising lived experiences of disability and chronic illness. London, UK: UCL Press. Available at: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110703/1/Ableism-in-Academia.pdf.
Brown, N. and Leigh, J. (2020) "Preface", in Ableism in academia: Theorising experinces of disabilities and chronic illnesses in higher education. London, UK: UCL Press, p. xiv-xvi. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv13xprjr.5.
Brown, N. and Leigh, J. (2020) "Preface", in Brown, N. and Leigh, J. (eds.) Ableism in academia: Theorising experiences of disability and chronic illnesses in higher education. London, UK: UCL Press. doi: 10.14324/111.9781787354975.
Leigh, J. S. and Brown, N. (2020) "Afterword", in Ableism in Academia: Theorising experiences of disabilities and chronic illnesses in higher education. London, UK: UCL Press, pp. 237-238. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv13xprjr.21.
Leigh, J. (2019) "An Embodied Approach in a Cognitive Discipline", in Breeze, M., Taylor, Y., and Costa, C. (eds.) Time and Space in the Neoliberal University: Futures and Fractures in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-15246-8.
Brown, N. and Leigh, J. S. (2018) "Creativity and playfulness in Higher Education research", in Huisman, J. and Tight, M. (eds.) Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. Emerald, pp. 49-66. doi: 10.1108/S2056-375220180000004005.
Leigh, J. S. (2018) "An introduction: practice and theory, teaching, and research in higher education", in Leigh, J. S. (ed.) Conversations on embodiment across higher education: Teaching, practice and research. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 1 -7. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Conversations-on-Embodiment-Across-Higher-Education-Teaching-Practice/Leigh/p/book/9781138290044.
Leigh, J. S. (2018) "Embodied practice and embodied identity", in Leigh, J. S. (ed.) Conversations on embodiment across higher education: Teaching, practice and research. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 151 -172. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Conversations-on-Embodiment-Across-Higher-Education-Teaching-Practice/Leigh/p/book/9781138290044.
Leigh, J. S. (2018) "Jennifer Leigh in conversation with Mike Poltorak", in Leigh, J. S. (ed.) Conversations on embodiment across higher education: Teaching, practice and research. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 209 -210. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Conversations-on-Embodiment-Across-Higher-Education-Teaching-Practice/Leigh/p/book/9781138290044.
Leigh, J. S. (2018) "Concluding thoughts", in Leigh, J. S. (ed.) Conversations on embodiment across higher education: Teaching, practice and research. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 227 -232. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Conversations-on-Embodiment-Across-Higher-Education-Teaching-Practice/Leigh/p/book/9781138290044.
Conference or workshop item
Leigh, J. S., Leech, H. K. and Collins, J. (2018) "Summer research vacation competition: An opportunity for post-docs and undergraduates", in SRHE conference 2018. SRHE conference 2018.
Leigh, J. S. (2018) "Where are the boundaries around research?", in International Institute of Qualitative Methods 2018. International Institute of Qualitative Methods 2018, Sage. doi: 10.1177/1609406918801621.
Whelton, B., Leigh, J. S., Beadle-Brown, J., Richardson, L. and Bradshaw, J. (2014) "Manager and Staff Perspectives of Skilled Support", in 3rd IASSID-Europe congress. 3rd IASSID-Europe congress, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 342-342.
Beadle-Brown, J., Richardson, L., Wilkinson, D. T., Shaughnessy, N., Trimingham, M., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Himmerich, J. (2014) "Imagining Autism: impact of a drama based intervention on the social communicative and imaginative behaviour of children with autism", in 4th IASSID-Europe congress. 4th IASSID-Europe congress, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 343-343.
Richardson, L., Beadle-Brown, J., Wilkinson, D. T., Shaughnessy, N., Trimingham, M., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Himmerich, J. (2014) "Imagining Autism: evaluation of a drama based intervention for children with autism-the views of teachers and parents", in 4th IASSID-Europe congress. 4th IASSID-Europe congress, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 343-344.
Richardson, L., Beadle-Brown, J., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Bradshaw, J. (2014) "Quality of life and quality of support for people with severe Intellectual disabilities and autism", in 4th IASSID-Europe congress. 4th IASSID-Europe congress, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 341-341.
Bradshaw, J., Beadle-Brown, J., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Richardson, L. (2014) "Quality of communication support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in supported accommodation settings", in 4th IASSID-Europe congress. 4th IASSID-Europe congress, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 341-341.
Leigh, J. S. (2013) "Academic development needs of part-time teachers in higher education: Are they being met?", in SRHE Conference 2013. SRHE Conference 2013.
Leigh, J. S. (2013) "Touch, and parents of children with autism and tactile defensiveness", in ABA Conference 2012. ABA Conference 2012.
Beadle-Brown, J., Mansell, J., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Richardson, L. (2012) "The cost and outcomes of skilled support for people with severe intellectual disability and complex needs", in 14th World Congress of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability. 14th World Congress of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 773-773.
Book
Leigh, J. S. and Brown, N. (2021) Embodied Inquiry: Research Methods. Bloomsbury. Available at: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/embodied-inquiry-9781350118782/.
Thesis
Leigh, J. S. (2012) Somatic Movement and Education: a phenomenological study of young children's perceptions, expressions and reflections of embodiment through movement. Available at: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/3479/.
Other
Collins, J., Brown, N. and Leigh, J. S. (2021) "Resources toolkit - Supporting international postgraduate teaching assistants". UCL, UK: UCL. Available at: https://open-education-repository.ucl.ac.uk/580/.
Edited book
Brown, N. and Leigh, J. S. (eds.) (2020) Ableism in academia: theorising disabilities and chronic illnesess in higher education. London, UK: UCL Press. doi: 10.14324%2F111.9781787354975.
Poltorak, M. (2018) Conversations on embodiment across higher education: Teaching, practice and research. Edited by J. S. Leigh. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Conversations-on-Embodiment-Across-Higher-Education-Teaching-Practice/Leigh/p/book/9781138290044.
Internet publication
Leigh, J. S. (2017) Being Hefty. Leadership Foundation 4 HE. Available at: https://lf4he.blog/2017/11/21/being-hefty/.
Research report (external)
Leigh, J. S. (2018) Exploring academic identity. SRHE. Available at: https://www.srhe.ac.uk/downloads/reports-2016/LEIGH-Jennifer-SRHE-NR-Final-Report.pdf.
Beadle-Brown, J., Beecham, J., Mansell, J., Bäumker, T., Leigh, J. S., Whelton, B. and Richardson, L. (2012) Outcomes and costs of skilled support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs. NIHR.
Review
Leigh, J. S. (2017) "Book review: 'Different speeds & different needs: how to teach sports to every kid'", Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, pp. 262-263.
Leigh, J. S. (2012) "Book review: 'Effective action research: developing reflective thinking and practice'", Educational Research and Evaluation. Taylor and Francis, pp. 395-398. doi: 10.1080/13803611.2011.643357.
Confidential report
Leigh, J. S. (2016) Reflective practice across the CDD. CDD.
Bailey, R. P., Leigh, J. S., Pearce, G., Sharrock, R., Reeves, M., Cope, E., Dismore, H., Quarmby, T., Doughty, L. and Peacock, S. (2011) National impact evaluation of the gifted and talented physical education and sport programme. Youth Sport Trust.
Total publications in KAR: 60 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

My research interests centre around embodied experience, how innovative and creative research methods can add depth, richness, honesty and emotion to experience, and include reflective practice, reflexivity the ethics of research, the boundaries between research and therapy or art, and how these relate to practice and academic identity. I have worked on large mixed methods projects including Skilled support for people with severe or profound intellectual disability and complex needs and Imagining Autism.

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Research Projects

  • 2016 Won the SRHE Newer Researcher Prize for a phenomenological study using creative research methodsExploring embodied academic identity
  • 2016  Consultant for the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama Exploring reflective practice across the Conservatoire 
  • 2013  Small grant from University of Kent Centre for the Study of Higher Education awarded for research study on professional practice within higher education.  This resulted in dissemination at an international conference, and a publication in an international journal 
  • 2011  Small Faculty Grant from University of Kent Social Sciences Faculty awarded for pilot research study ‘Touch, and Parents. Perspectives on Raising Children with Autism and Tactile Defensiveness.  A poster describing this study was accepted at an international conference.  With Dr Julie Beadle-Brown.
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