Steven’s Research

This page lists my recent scholarly publications about Higher Education. Please get in touch if there are any you can’t access freely. You can find more info, including details of my publications in Linguistics, on my publications page at the University of Manchester or my citations page at Google Scholar.


Journal Articles:

Pampaka, Maria, Daniel Swain, Steven Jones, Julian Williams, Martyn Edwards and Lawrence Wo. 2018. “Validating constructs of learners’ academic self-efficacy for measuring Learning Gain.” Higher Education Pedagogies.

Jones, Steven. 2017. “Expectation vs experience: might transition gaps predict undergraduate students’ outcome gaps?” Journal of Further and Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2017.1323195

Jones, Steven, Maria Pampaka, Daniel Swain and Julian Skyrme. 2017. “Contextualising Degree-Level Achievement: an exploration of interactions between gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status and school type at one large UK University”. Research in Post-Compulsory Education 22(4), 455-476. DOI: 10.1080/13596748.2017.1381287

Jones, Steven, Michael J. Sutcliffe, Joanna Bragg and Diane Harris. 2016. “To what extent is capital expenditure in UK Higher Education meeting the pedagogical needs of staff and students?” Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 38(4), 477-489. DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2016.1181881

Jones, Steven. 2016. “Expressions of student debt aversion and tolerance among academically able young people in low-participation English schools”. British Educational Research Journal.  42(2), 277-293. DOI: 10.1002/berj.3209.

Jones, Steven, Anthony Mann and Katy Morris. 2016. “The ‘Employer Engagement Cycle’ in Secondary Education: analysing the testimonies of young British adults”. Journal of Education and Work 29(7), 834-856. DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2015.1074665.

Mountford-Zimdars, Anna, John Sanders, Joanne Moore, Duna Sabri, Steven Jones and Louise Higham. 2016. “What can universities do to support all their students to progress successfully throughout their time at university?”. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education 21(2-3), 101-110. DOI: 10.1080/13603108.2016.1203368

Jones, Steven. 2014. “Equity in the Higher Fees Era: a case study of English universities”. Revista de Docencia Universitaria. 12(2), 61-76. (download directly here)

Jones, Steven. 2013. “‘Ensure That You Stand Out From the Crowd’: A corpus-based analysis of personal statements according to applicants’ school type”. Comparative Education Review. 57(3), 397-423. DOI: 10.1086/670666 

Zimdars, Anna, Steven Jones, Alice Sullivan and Anthony Heath. 2013. “Framing Higher Education: questions and responses in the British Social Attitudes survey, 1983 to 2010”. British Journal of the Sociology of Education. 34(5-6), 792-811. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2013.816040

Chapters in Edited Collections:

9781138501041Jones, Steven, Anthony Mann, and Elnaz Kashefpakdel. 2018.‘My brother’s football team mate’s dad was a pathologist’: serendipity and employer engagement in medical careers.” In Essays on Employer Engagement in Education, pp. 132-145. London: Routledge.



Vigurs, K., S. Jones, J. Everitt and D. Harris. 2018.Higher fees, higher debts: Unequal graduate transitions in England?” In Higher Education Funding and Access in International Perspective ed. Sheila Riddell, Sarah Minty, Elisabet Wheedon and Susan Whittaker. Emerald Publishing Limited. ISBN: 9781787546547. pp. 80-98.


Jon51gQc2QNLmL._UY250_es, Steven. 2015.Non-academic indicators and the Higher Education admissions process: a case study of the Personal Statement.” In Handbook of Higher Education Admission Policy and Practice, ed. Virginia Stead. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.


Jones,81d7gPIQg9L Steven. 2015. ‘“Ensure That You Stand Out From the Crowd”: A corpus-based analysis of personal statements according to applicants’ school type’. In Fair Access to Higher Education, ed. Anna Mountford-Zimdars, Daniel Sabbagh and David Post. Chicago: Chicago University Press.


Jones, Steven. 2014.The role of work experience in the UK Higher Education admissions process”. In Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: theories and evidence, ed. Louise Archer, Anthony Mann and Julian Stanley. London:Routledge.


Jones, Steven. 2014.Ambassador or Observer? Competing identities of the academic researcher in studies of higher education participation.” In Education Policy Research: design and practice at a time of rapid reform, ed. Helen M Gunter, David Hall and Colin Mills. London: Bloomsbury.



Moore, Joanne, Louise Higham, John Sanders, Steven Jones, Duygu Candarli and Anna Mountford-Zimdars. 2017. Evidencing Teaching Excellence: analysis of the TEF2 provider submissions. Higher Education Academy. (download here)


Jones, Steven. 2016. Making A Statement. The Sutton Trust. (download here)


Vigurs, Katy, Steven Jones and Diane Harris. 2016. Greater Expectations of Graduate Futures? A Comparative Analysis of the Views of the Last Generation of Lower-Fees Undergraduates and the First Generation of Higher-Fees Undergraduates at Two English Universities. SRHE Final Report. (download here)

af0f7e8f3d0e34ea3acd3a88e7aaf102_400x400Mountford-Zimdars, Anna, Duna Sabri, Joanne Moore, John Sanders, Steven Jones and Louise Higham. 2015. Causes of Differences in Student Outcomes (HEFCE). London: HEFCE. (download here)logo

Jones, Steven. 2015. Election Manifesto Poverty Audit (Education Section). Academics Stand Against Poverty UK. (download here)qqq

Atherton, Graeme, Steven Jones and Alex Hall. 2015. Does Cost Matter? Students’ understanding of the higher education finance system and how cost affects their decisions. National Education Opportunities Network. (download here)

Jones, Steven. 2012. Is the personal statement a fair way to assess university applicants? The Sutton Trust. (download here)q

Raffo, Carlo, Diane Harris, Alan Dyson, Cate Goodlad, Steven Jones and Julian Skyrme. 2014. JRF Adult and Tertiary Education and Poverty – a review. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. (download here)123a

Books about Linguistics

Jones, Steven, M. Lynne Murphy, Carita Paradis and Caroline Willners. 2012. Antonyms in English. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.


Jones, Steven. 2002. Antonymy: a corpus-based perspective. Routledge: London.


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