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Stephen is responsible for the enhancement of teaching at the University and supporting the implementation of the academic strategy. He will oversee the quality of the University’s programmes and ensure that the curriculum is informed by research, professional practice, reflects student demand and provides students with relevant employment skills.

Stephen's background is in politics, sociology and public policy. After studying politics at Sheffield, he completed an MA and a DPhil on an ESRC research studentship at Sussex where his thesis focused on the governance of market relations between firms.

Stephen then worked on a number of projects for the ESRC and the Anglo-German Foundation at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University (1990-1) and at Sussex, where he taught sociology between 1991 and 1994.

He joined Roehampton in 1994 and became head of the new Department of Social Sciences in 2010 until 2014.