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Dr Claire Hennessy

Dr Claire Hennessy

Telephone: 0151 231 5308


Claire has been working at LJMU since 2002, initially undertaking evaluative research looking at resettlement of homeless people on Merseyside. This research formed the basis for her PhD which she was awarded in 2007.

From then she has undertaken projects regarding gender and ageing and the educational achievement of ex hard drug users.

Now teaching on the Education and Early Childhood Studies suite of programmes her teaching includes the sociology of childhood, social policy in early childhood studies and housing and homeless issues faced by young people.

Her current research interests are in supporting new students in higher education and she has co manages a Peer Mentoring scheme across a number of programmes within her faculty.


Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
University of Liverpool, UK, MA Research Methodology: Sociology and Social Policy
University of Leeds, UK, BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education


Journal Articles

Money J, Nixon S, Tracy F, Hennessy C, Ball E, Dinning T. 2017. Undergraduate student expectations of university in the United Kingdom: What really matters to them? Szameitat A. Cogent Education, 4 >DOI

Money J, Tracy F, Hennessy C, Nixon , Ball E. 2016. Student Expectations: what is university really about? Innovations in Practice, 10 :82-87

Williams L, Nixon S, Hennessy C, Mahon E, Adams G. 2016. Inspiring to inspire: Developing teaching in higher education Gritter K. Cogent Education, 3 >DOI

Hennessy C, Forrester G. 2014. Developing a framework for effective audio feedback: a case study ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 39 :777-789 >DOI >Link

Hennessy C, Adams G, Mahon E, Nixon S, Pratt A, Williams L. 2014. Discovering inspiring teaching: Immersive models of staff development Quality Assurance in Education, 22 :240-254 >DOI

Hennessy C, Grant D. 2006. Developing a model of housing support: the evidence from Merseyside International Journal of Consumer Studies, 30 :337-346 >DOI

Hennessy CJ, Grant D, Meadows M, Cook I. 2005. Young and homeless: an evaluation of a resettlement service on Merseyside International Journal of Consumer Studies, 29 :137-147

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Money J, Tracy F, Hennessy C, Ball E, Nixon S. 2016. Student Expectations; what is university really about? LJMU Learning and Teaching Conference


Kay-Flowers S, Hennessy C. The Impact of Brexit on Young people Psychosocial Research and Intervention in Contemporary Society International Conference,

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Student expectations; what is university really about?, Conference title: LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference 2016, Place/location of conference: LJMU, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External collaboration:

Institution: University of Chester, Collaborator: External Examiner for the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) top up in Social Policy, Health and Housing

Institution: Liverpool Hope University, Collaborator: Dr Helen Ashworth

Industrial connections:

Company: Merseyside Police, Position or project: Link Tutor for Safer Schools Officer Diploma

Membership of professional bodies:

Senior Fellow of the HEA, HEA

Research Grants Awarded:

LJMU, Establishing a Peer Mentoring Project, Emma Ball, Grant value (£): 16,000, Duration of research project: 1 year