Pearson College London Principal Roxanne Stockwell wins outstanding doctoral research award

Roxanne Stockwell, Principal at Pearson College London has been announced as a winner of the 2020 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards (ODRA).

Roxanne’s thesis, The Experiences and Responses of Business Graduates to Employer Selection Mechanisms: A Case Study, completed at the University of Bath, was the overall winner in the Human Resource Management category.

The thesis draws on the experiences of Pearson Business School graduates and investigates over 1800 job applications and 200 examples of selection activities such as teamwork exercises and role-plays. One of Roxanne’s main findings was just how tough this journey has become since she first graduated; It was a world she did not recognise.

Roxanne said: “It is incredible to receive this award. I loved the research process a great deal and this has given me a real boost of confidence and determination to work out how I can do much more in the future.

“My research was all about the nitty-gritty of how graduates actually get jobs,” explains Roxanne. “It is an in-depth case study that tells the story of the journey new grads make through the job-hunting experience to secure work.

“I would especially like to thank my supervisor Dr Rajani Naidoo, my research assistant Rowena Lennon, my family, and the 47 graduates from Pearson Business School who so generously shared their time and experiences.”

ODRA is a joint doctoral research award co-run by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd and EFMD; the awards recognises meaningful and impactful research, as well as supporting doctoral graduates to advance in their discipline to make a difference in society.

Tony Roche, Publishing & Strategic Relations Director at Emerald, said: "We are delighted to have attracted such great work by authors from all over the world and have been impressed to see that real world impact continues to be a strong theme among the submissions, supporting Emerald’s commitment to meaningful, real world impact in research."

"We recognise the hard work each author contributes to their research papers and would like to thank everyone for submitting and congratulate this year’s winners."

Roxanne joined Pearson in 2011 and was given the opportunity to establish the first higher education provider set within a FTSE 100 company. Pearson College London commenced in 2012 and Roxanne is responsible for its academic and strategic leadership. With a pilot group of 20, the College has grown to approximately 1500 students across Pearson Business School and Escape Studios.

You can read more about Roxanne’s findings at 

Principal Roxanne Stockwell