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Professor Jacky Lumby CertEd, MA, PhD

Emeritus Professor

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Professor Lumby is an Emeritus Professor of Education with a primary focus on leading for equity in all parts of the education system worldwide.

Professor Lumby's main interests are in educational leadership and management, particularly focused on how some learners and staff may be excluded. This has led her to engage with issues of diversity, gender and power. She is concerned to explore how leaders can be supported to lead people, systems and processes which offer success to all learners and staff in the context of living a life they value. Her work encompasses a range of perspectives, including critical theory and comparative and international perspectives. She is interested in challenging the assumption of the appropriateness of Western-derived concepts, theories and practice in different cultures and in an increasingly diverse UK culture. She has researched and published widely on the leadership and management of schools and colleges in the UK, Ireland, China, Hong Kong and South Africa.

She has published books on equality, diversity and leadership (with Dr Marianne Coleman), on the way language is used to describe and develop leadership (with Professor Fenwick English) and on the language of policy (with Professor Daniel Muijs).

Professor Lumby entered higher education after a long and varied involvement with education, having taught and led in secondary schools, adult and community and further education She also worked in a Training and Enterprise Council with responsibility for the development of managers in both business and education, managing a network which allowed the cross-fertilisation of skills and experience from education into business and vice versa.

She is co editor of two international handbooks on leader preparation and development.

Awards and Memberships

Research interests

  • Leadership and management
  • Equality and diversity in leadership
  • Internationalisation of leadership theory
  • Power in education

Research group

Leadership, Effective Education & Policy

Research project(s)

Evaluation of the work of the European Policy Network on School Leadership

The practice of leadership in HE

Women’s representation and experience in school leadership, management and administration in South Africa

Leading for equality in schools

Schools face ever-greater challenges in making their provision fair for all learners. This project learns from practitioners in the field how they have understood and responded to the multiple challenges.

External activities and associations

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Book Chapters



Working Papers

  • MSc Education
  • BSc (Hons) Education Studies

PhD students

Clifford Allen: Identifying leadership development needs and requirements in senior local authority staff

Vilma N. Clarke: ‘Virtual Shock’: Adult Students' Perceptions of Their Emotional Experience on an Online Learning Undergraduate Degree at a Regional Caribbean University

Angeline Dharmaraj: Democratic Participation in Educational Reform: The case of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Campaign for Universal Education) in rural India

Stephen Finch: The influence of background and demographic factors on the leadership of further education principles

John Gregory: The motivation to undertake training in public sector organisations

Kavita Hayton: Visions of Future Selves - how student protégés approach career mentoring.

Michael Horswell: Raising young peoples' aspirations

Alan Lee: Distributed Leadership in Practice: The Case of Plessington

Jill Lueddeke: The nature and impact of language use of female leaders in further education

Steven Ryall: Internationalising the curriculum in professional health services

Pornrawee Thunnithet: Approaches to criticality development in the literature classroom: a case study in a Thai university

Eng Wee: Communication styles of principals in Malaysia

Junko Winch: An Investigation of Japanese Educational Cultural Impact on Japanese Language Learning in an International Context

Kabiru Yakubu: Higher education in Nigeria: issues of resource-efficiency and its implications to funding

Professor Jacky Lumby
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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