Carol Costley is a Professor in Work Based Learning and Head of Research and Research Degrees at the Institute for Work Based Learning. She gained her PhD (1995) from the University of Surrey and she holds a Master’s Degree in Work Based Learning Studies. She also holds professional qualifications in teaching and learning.

Relevant Experience and Interests:

Carol works with organisations in the private, public, community and voluntary sectors internationally in the learning and teaching of work-based, taught and research degrees. She is link tutor for Ashridge Consulting for the Doctorate in Organisational Change. She was link for Forum for the Future, Masters in Professional Studies programme 1999-2006 and Cyprus cohorts 1996-2009. She is Chair of the International Conference on Professional Doctorates 2009- present, Vice-Chair of the ‘Association of Practice Doctorates’ 2009- present and ‘Researching Work and Learning’ conference series committee member 1999- present. She was an executive member of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) 2005-2011 and convenor of the UALL network for Work Based Learning 1998-2011.


Journal articles

Costley, C. (2013) ‘Evaluation of the current status and knowledge contributions of Professional Doctorates’ Quality in Higher Education Vol 19 No 1 17-27

Costley, C. and Lester, S. (2012) ‘Work-based doctorates: professional extension at the highest levels’ Studies in Higher Education Vol 37 No 3 257-269

Gibbs, P. and Costley, C. (2012) ‘The Community of Workers' University: a pragmatic institution for the future?’ Higher Education Quarterly, Vol 66 No 1 90-105

Lester, S. and Costley, C. (2010) ‘Work-based learning at higher education level: value, practice and critique’ Studies in Higher Education Vol 35 No. 5, 561-575

Costley, C. (2010) ‘Doctoral learning that leads to organisational and individual change’ Work Based Learning e-journal international Vol 1 No 1 177-201

Costley C. (2007) ‘Research influences on a professional doctorate’ Research in Post-Compulsory Education Vol 12 No 3 pp 343-357

Costley C. and Armsby, P. (2007) ‘Methodologies for undergraduates doing practitioner investigations at work Journal of Workplace Learning Vol 19 no 3 pp131-145

Boud, D. and Costley C. (2007) ‘From project supervision to advising: new conceptions of the practice’ Innovations in Education and Teaching International Vol 44 no 2 pp119-130

Gibbs, P., Costley C., Armsby, P. and Trakakis A. (2007) Developing the ethics of worker-researchers through phronesis Teaching in Higher Education Vol 12 No 3 pp 365-375

Costley C. and Armsby (2006) ‘Work Based Learning Assessed as a Field or a Mode of Study’ Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education Vol 31 No 4 pp 21-33

Costley C. (2006) –‘Introduction- Work Based Learning: assessment and evaluation in higher education’ Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education Vol 31 No 4 pp 1-9

Costley C. and Gibbs, P. (2006) Work-based learning; discipline, field or discursive space or what? Research in Post-Compulsory Education Vol 11 No.3 pp 341-350

Armsby, P., Costley C.and Garnett J. (2006) ‘The legitimisation of knowledge: a work based learning perspective of APEL’ International Journal of Lifelong Learning and Education vol 25. no 4 pp 369-383

Costley C. and Gibbs, P. (2006) ‘ Researching Others: Care as an Ethic for Practitioner Researchers’ Studies in Higher Education vol. 31 no.1 pp 89-98

Gibbs, P. and Costley C. (2006) ‘An ethics of community and care for practitioner researchers’ International Journal of Research and Method in Education vol. 29 no2 pp 239-249

Costley C. (2002) of ‘Work Based Learning -Models and Implementations’, New Capability, An introduction to vol 5. No.1 1-3

Costley C. (2001) ‘Employee and Organizational Perspectives of Work Based Learning’ The Learning Organization vol. 8 no.2 pp 58-63

Costley C. (2000) ‘Work Based Learning: an accessible curriculum’ Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning vol 1 no 5 20 -27

Costley C. (1993) 'Music, Gender and Language: An Action Research Project' British Journal of Music Education 10, 197-203

Authored Books

Costley, C., Elliott, G. And Gibbs, P. (2010) Work-based Research; approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers London; Sage

Books edited

Garnett, J., Costley, C. and Workman, B. (Eds.) (2009) Work Based Learning in Higher Education Middlesex University Press

Portwood and Costley (Eds.) (2000) Work Based Learning and the University: New Perspectives and Practices Birmingham; SEDA 136 pages

Chapters in edited books

Costley, C. (2011) ‘Professional Doctorates and the Doctorate in Professional Studies.’ In Professional Doctorates Edits Tony Fell, Ian Haines and Kevin Flint. Lichfield; UKCGE

Costley, C. (2010) ‘Workplace Learning and Higher Education.’ In An International Handbook of Workplace Learning Edits Karen Evans, Margaret Malloch, Len Cairns and Bridget O’Connor London; Sage

Costley, C. and Stephenson, J. (2009) ‘Building doctorates around individual candidates’ professional experience’ In Changing Practices of Doctoral Education Edits. David Boud and Alison Lee, London; Routledge pp171-187

Costley, C. (2007) ‘Integrating Research and Workforce Development Activities’. In: Incorporating the Learning People do For, In and Through Work into Higher Education Programmes of Study UVAC / LCCI Commercial Education Trust pp88-95

Costley C. and Doncaster K. (2000), ‘Citation and Related Argumentation Strategies in Reflective Essays by Work Based Learners’ In Learning to Argue in Higher Education edits. Sally Mitchell and Richard Andrews New York: Heinneman / Boyton Cook pp107-118

Costley C. (2000) 'The Boundaries and Frontiers of Work Based Knowledge’ In: Work Based Learning and the University: New Perspectives and Practices edits. Derek Portwood and Carol Costley, Birmingham; SEDA pp23-35

Portwood, D and Costley C. (2000) ‘Overview – Where to Next?’ In: Work Based Learning and the University: New Perspectives and Practices edits. Derek Portwood and Carol Costley, Birmingham; SEDA pp123-129

Armsby P. and Costley C. (2000) ‘Research Driven Projects’ In: Work Based Learning and the University: New Perspectives and Practices edits. Derek Portwood and Carol Costley, Birmingham; SEDA 67-75

Costley C. (1997) 'How Argument Relates to Graduates in their Work and Lives' In: The Quality of Argument edit. Mike Riddle Middlesex University pp31-39

Principal research interests include examining methodologies and epistemologies in work based learning and how they are additional to and support subject based approaches to knowledge. Within that looking particularly at work based learning as a field of study, especially transdisciplinarity, equity and access. Carol has a research interest in the ethical issues involved in practitioner-led research and development projects and the issues that concern the professional area as well as those issues usually considered by researchers. Other research interests include assessment and accreditation of work based learning, policy issues in relation to the work based learning curriculum and research in work based learning and professional studies.