Mr Sebastian Stevens

Mr Sebastian Stevens

Research Assistant

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


I am currently undertaking a Full Time PhD (Medical Education) within Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (CAMERA), funded by the National Institute of Healthcare Research (NIHR). The PhD is looking to explore the use of social network analysis within clinical teams in primary care to understand its relationship with feedback appraisal processes. 

I have two years previous research experience as a Research Assistant on a number of projects across the university as well as teaching as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Government (Plymouth Business School) and School of Medicine (PUPSMD) 


BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice with Social Research 

MSc Social Research with Merit

Professional membership

SRA - Social Research Association 

Teaching interests

Research Methods 

SPSS and NVivo 

Research interests

Assessment and Feedback in Medicine 

Quantitative Pedagogy in the Social Sciences

Research Impact and Public Engagement 

Other research

ResearchAssistant Posts -

•   2014 – Evaluation the Curriculum Enrichment Project. (PedRIO).

•  2014 - Making adifference: an interdisciplinary social engagement project. Plymouth UniversityPeninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (PedRIO).

•  2014 - Evaluation of two approaches toessay writing support: incorporating writing workshops andformative peer review into the curriculum in Marine Biology. School ofMarine Science and Engineering (Plymouth University Teaching Fellowship Scheme). 

•  2014 - W'e'llbeing - Engaging and supportingstudents in an edgeless campus. Student Counselling and Personal Development (Inclusivity Development Project).  

•   2013/2014 - SupportingResearch Methods Teaching in College Higher Education. AcademicPartnerships (HEA).  

•  2011-2012 - EmbeddingQuantitative Methods in the Social Sciences: Integrating QuantitativeApproaches within Substantive Modules. Cardiff and Plymouth Universities (ESRC’s Curriculum Innovation programme (ES/J011843/1 ‘Embedding QM in Social Science Teaching’).  

ResearchProjects - 

2014 - Understanding the Attitudes andAspirations of 'Vocational' Learners: A Pilot Study. Unfunded scoping research. 

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Bennett, K. & Stevens, S. (InPress) Using peer review to develop scientific writing skills in large classes:perspectives on the value of a single opportunity to give receive and respondto written peer feedback. Journal ofResearch in Science Teaching.

Williams, M.Sloan, L. Cheung, SY. Sutton, C. Stevens,S. Runham, L. (In press) Can’t Count or Won’t Count? Embedding QuantitativeMethods in Substantive Sociology Curricula: A Quasi-Experiment. Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/0038038515587652

Gray, C. Turner,R. Sutton, C. Peterson, C. Stevens, S.Swain, J. Esmond, B. Schofield, C. & Thackeray, D. (2015) ResearchMethods teaching in vocational environments: developing critical engagementwith knowledge? Journal of VocationalEducation and Training. 67 (3) DOI:10.1080/13636820.2015.1050443

Bennett, K. &Stevens, S. (2015) The need fortime, iteration and confidence building to improve inclusivity in thedevelopment of writing skills: can we embed peer review in the widercurriculum? In: Miller, W., Collings,J., and Kneale (ed). InclusiveAssessment, Pedrio paper 7. Available from:


Conferences Papers 

Ayres, R, Carter, R & Stevens, S. (2016) Making a difference: a qualitative study ofan inter- professional social engagement project. Paper presentation at theASME Annual Scientific Meeting, The Waterfront Belfast. 5th-8thJuly 2016

Anderson, G., Bentley, A., Sibley, D. & Stevens, S. (2016) Self- Help Inspiring e-resources(SHINE): Plymouth University’s Self-help Website supporting students regardlessof location of study. Workshoppresented at the Vice Chancellors Teaching and Learning Conference,Plymouth University, 30th June 2016

Ayres, R. Carter, R. & Stevens, S. (2016) Making adifference: a qualitative study of an interprofessional social engagement project.Paper presentation at the PedRIO Annual Conference, Plymouth University, 8thApril 2016

Stevens, S. & Ayres, Richard. (2015) Qualitative Interviewingfor Difficult to Reach Populations: Lessons Learnt using Skype for Online FocusGroups. Paper presentation Centre for Methodological Innovations Conference,Plymouth University, 3rd December 2015 

Bennett, K. &Stevens, S. (2015) Peer review inscientific writing skills: the value of giving and receiving feedback. Paperpresentation at the Vice Chancellors Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth University, 26th June 2015

Bennett, K. &Stevens, S. (2015) Student engagement in peer review andwriting workshops; the need for time and confidence building in essay writingsupport. Paper presentation at the PUPSMD Education Conference, StMellion’s International Resort Cornwall, 29th April 2015 

Ayres, R., Stevens, S., Withers, L., Haszczyn, R. &Doel, T. (2015) Students social engagement: what can they learn; what can theygive. Paper presentation at the PUPSMD Education Conference, St Mellion’sInternational Resort Cornwall, 29th April 2015

Stevens, S., Bentley, A., Swain, J., Sibley, D. & Anderson,G. (2015) Learning by doing: The reciprocal relationship of students asparticipators in research. Paper presentation at the PedRIO Annual Conference,Plymouth University, 17th April 2015 

Stevens, S., & Sibley, D. (2014) Social Media: The tools of engagement. Paper presentation atthe Centre for Methodological Innovations Conference, Plymouth University, 8-9thDecember 2014

Stevens, S. & Bennett, K. (2014) The need for time, iteration and confidence building to improveinclusivity in the development of writing skills: can we embed peer review inthe wider curriculum? Paper presentation at the Inclusive Assessment inPractice Conference, Plymouth University, 24th November 2014 

Swain, J., Stevens, S., Bentley, A. & Sibley,D. (2014) W’e’llbeing – Engaging and supporting students studying in anedgeless campus. Paper presentation at the JISC TurboTEL Conference,Bristol UWE, 9th June 2014

Edwards-Jones, A.,Stevens, S., Gray, C., Sutton, C.,Turner, R. & Swain, J. (2014) Mode 2 and beyond - the ownership ofresearch and knowledge. Paper presentation at the HEA Social SciencesConference, Teaching forward: the future of the Social Sciences, Birmingham,21-22nd May 2014


Stevens, S., Archer, J., Scott, J. & Chatterjee, A. (2016)The Impact of Clinical Team Networkson Multi-Source Feedback Assessments for UK General Practitioners: A SocialNetwork Analysis. Poster presentation at the PUPSMD Annual PostgraduateConference 2016

Ayres, R. Carter, R. & Stevens, S. (2016). ‘Inter-professionalPlacements Across the Health Disciplines to Enhance Future Understanding andCollaboration’. Poster presentation at the Annual Learning and TeachingConference, University of Sheffield, 7th April 2016

Stevens, S., Sibley, D. & Anderson, G. (2015) Increasing the Impact of EducationalResearch through the use of Social Media. Poster presentation at the PedRIOAnnual Conference, Plymouth University, 17th April 2015

Ayres, R. & Stevens,S. (2015) Student social engagement:what can they learn, what can they give? Poster Presentation at the ViceChancellors Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth University, 26thJune 2015 

Bennett, K. & Stevens, S. (2015) Implementationof peer review to develop scientific writing skills in large classes: is onceenough? Poster Presentation at the Society for Experimental Biology –Prague, Czech Republic, 30th June - 3rd July 2015

Book Contributions

Stevens, S. (2014) Social Media: The tools of Engagement inWoodfield, K. Social Media in SocialResearch: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries. NatCen Social Research: London

Other academic activities

Member of the Education Research Ethics Sub-Committee (EdRESC) 


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