Staff profile

Dr Tamsin Bowers-Brown

Head of Social Justice & Pedagogic Practice Associate Professor of Learning and Teaching

Tamsin standing in front of camera wearing a blue dress, presenting.


Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching





I am passionate about the transformative power of education both for individuals but also in the collective contribution that higher education makes to improving society. I have a cross-institutional role as Head of Social Justice and Pedagogic Practice which gives me the opportunity to influence policy and practice which drives a transformative academic experience for students irrespective of their background. 

I lead a large area that includes pedagogic practice, widening access, the collaborative outreach partnership and the Policy and Evaluation Research Unit. The work of these teams contributes to the entire student journey and the synergies between the teams allow for a collaborative approach to ensuring that learning and teaching and support for academic practice is aligned to strategic imperatives and the ambition of the access and participation plan.

I am a Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University. 

Teaching responsibilities

Whilst teaching at Sheffield Hallam University, I was awarded recognition in the form of an Institutional Award for inspirational  teaching “Tamsin can grab the attention of a lecture theatre full of students and keep their attention throughoutMy subject specialism is in the Sociology of Education and the relationship between policy, practice and inequality. Whilst my current role does not involve much teaching I do give guest lectures on the BA in Social Work and I supervise doctoral students. 

My pedagogic practice is influenced by bell hooks and Paolo Freire, I am an advocate of critical pedagogy and the opportunities that it gives learners to participate in their learning, with the understanding that what they bring of themselves is of value. 

Membership of professional bodies

I am co-convenor of the British Sociological Association's Education Study Group.


Recent conferences

Recent publications

Invited Special Issue Editor

  • Bowers-Brown, T & Hughes, G (2020)  Student Services, Personal Tutors and Student Mental Health – a case study, Chapter 19 in the International handbook Student support services: Exploring impact on student engagement, experience and learning book
  • Bowers-Brown, T. (2018) “It Was Noticeable So I Changed”: Supergirls, Aspirations and Bourdieu. International Perspectives on Theorizing Aspiration: Applying Bourdieu's Tools. Bloomsbury 
  • Bowers-Brown, T. (2016) “It’s like if you don’t go to uni, you fail in life”: Bourdieu, decision making and the forms of capital in Ingram, N. Burke, C. and Thatcher, J. (2016) Bourdieu:  The Next Generation
  • Bowers-Brown, T. & Stevens, A. Chapter 6: Literature Reviews (2010) in Dahlberg, L. & McCaig, C (Editors) (2010) Practical Research and Evaluation: A Start-to-Finish Guide for Practitioners. London: Sage 
  • Smith, M. & Bowers-Brown, T. (2010) Chapter 8: Different Kinds of qualitative data collection methods in Dahlberg,L. & McCaig, C (Editors) (2010) Practical Research and Evaluation: A Start-to-Finish Guide for Practitioners. London: Sage
  • Benaton, T., Bowers-Brown, T., Dodsley,T. Manning-Jones, A, Nunn,A. The Plus One Community. (2020) Reconciling care and justice in contesting social harm through performance and arts practice with looked after children and care leavers. Children & Society, 2020
  • Bowers-Brown, T., Ingram, N., Burke, C., (2019) Higher Education and Aspiration, International Studies in Sociology of Education, 28 (3-4) 207-214
  • Sphorer, K, Stahl, G. & Bowers-Brown, T. (2018). Constituting neoliberal subjects? ‘Aspiration’ as technology of government in UK policy discourse. Journal of Education Policy, 33 (3), 327-342
  •  Adnett, N., McCaig, C., Slack, K., Bowers-Brown, T. (2011), Achieving ‘Transparency, Consistency and Fairness’ in English Higher Education Admissions: Progress since Schwartz?. Higher Education Quarterly, 65: 12–33
  • Bowers-Brown, T, McCaig, C, Stevens, A (2007) Does Aimhigher Work? Evidence from the national evaluation, Higher Education Research Network Journal, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Bowers-Brown, T. & Berry, D. (2005) Building Pathways: Apprenticeships as a Route to Higher Education . Journal of Education and Training, Volume 47 Number 4/5, August 2005, pp. 270-282
  • Bowers-Brown, T. with Harvey, L. (2004) Are there too many graduates in the UK? A literature review and an analysis of graduate employability. Industry and Higher Education, Volume 18 Number 4, August 2004, pp.243-254
  • Bowers-Brown, T,  Howard, H. Hathaway, H (et al) (2019) Student Attainment Project 2 Addressing Barriers to Student Success, OfS
  • Bowers-Brown, T. Booth,J. & Cottam, S. (2018) An evaluation of a school-based social mobility intervention. (anonymous funder through the Lord Lieutenant Andrew Coombes)
  • Bowers-Brown, T. & Kellock, A. (2017) Assessment and Feedback: an evaluation of current practice. (LTA funded project, Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Bowers-Brown T, McCaig C, Slack K, Barley R, Adnett, N, Cripps C, Wolstenholme C, Willis B (2008) Schwartz Report - Review 2008 For Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) and HEFCE.
  • McCaig, C, Bowers-Brown, T and Drew, S (2007) Accelerated learning programmes: a review of quality, extent and demand, The Higher Education Academy, York
  • Bowers-Brown, T, McCaig, C, Stevens, A & Harvey, L, (2006) National Evaluation of Aimhigher: Survey of Higher Education Institutions, Further Education Colleges and Work-based Learning Providers, HEFCE
  • Bowers-Brown, T, Cappuccini, G, Harvey, L, Williams,J, McCaig, C, Sagu, S & MacDonald, M (2005) Careers Advisory services and International Students, HECSU Research Report, September 2005.
  • Bowers-Brown,T. & Harvey L. Employability Cross-Country Comparisons, Graduate Market Trends, Winter 2004/5
  • Bowers-Brown, T., Stevens, A., Leman, J., Harvey, L. & Drew, S. (2004) A report of the Employability and Personal Development Planning. Sheffield Hallam University