Dr Susan James Relly

Susan James Relly is the Deputy Director of SKOPE and Director of Doctoral Research in the Department.

She is a Governing Body Fellow at Green Templeton College and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Witswaterand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Susan’s entire career has been in education in various forms: she taught in secondary schools in Australia and England before starting her academic career. Susan completed a B.Ed in her native Queensland, Australia and read for a M.Sc in Comparative and International Education and a D.Phil in Education at the University of Oxford.

Susan James Relly would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • Vocational education and training policy
  • Apprenticeship and work based learning
  • Social mobility and non-graduate occupations
  • Further education, teaching and learning

Books

  • Hayward, G, James, S (2004) Balancing the Skills Equation. Bristol: Policy Press.

Book chapters

  • James, SF, Warhurst, C (2013) “Questioning the UK government’s vision of higher education and social mobility: evidence from a non-graduate occupation”, In: S Natale, A Libertella (eds.) Higher Education: economic and social mobility. New York: Global Scholarly Publications.

  • Keep, E, James, SF (2012) “Are Skills the Answer to Bad jobs? Incentives to Learn at the Bottom end of the Labour Market”, In: C Warhurst, F Carre, P Findlay, C Tilly (eds.) Are Bad jobs Inevitable?: Trends, Determinants and Responses to Job Quality in the Twenty-First Century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • James, SF, Bryson,, J, Keep, E (2012) “Recruitment and Selection”, In: S Bach, M Edwards (eds.) Managing Human Resources: Human resource Management in transition. 5th Edition. Chichester: Wiley.

  • James, SF, Keep, E (2011) “Employer Demand for Apprenticeships”, In: T Dolphin, T Lanning (eds.) Rethinking Apprenticeships. London: Institute for Public Policy Research IPPR. 55-65

  • Grunert, KG, James, S, Moss, P (2010) “Tough meat, hard candy: Implications for low-wage work in the food-processing industry”, In: Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World. 367-420

  • Dutton, E, Warhurst, C, Lloyd, C, James, S, Commander, J, Nickson, D (2008) “"Just like the elves in Harry Potter": Room attendants in United Kingdom hotels”, In: Low-Wage Work in the United Kingdom. 96-130

  • James, S, Lloyd, C (2008) “Supply Chain pressures and migrant workers: Deteriorating job quality in the United Kingdom food-processing industry”, In: Low-Wage Work in the United Kingdom. 211-246

  • James, S, Lloyd, C (2008) “Supply Chain pressures and migrant workers: Deteriorating job quality in the United Kingdom food-processing industry”, In: Project Muse 4. DUMMY PUBID. 211-246

  • James, SF (2008) “Learning to Cook: Analysing Apprentice’s Knowledge and Skill Construction in the Workplace”, In: F Rauner, R Maclen (eds.) Handbook of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Research. Dordrecht: Springer.

  • Dutton, E, Warhurst, C, Lloyd, C, James, S, Commander, J, Nickson, D (2008) “"Just like the elves in Harry Potter": Room attendants in United Kingdom hotels”, In: Project Muse 4. DUMMY PUBID. 96-130

  • James, SF (2007) “To Cook or not to Cook: Participant Observation as a Data Collection Technique”, In: G Walford (ed.) Methodological developments in ethnography. Oxford: Elsevier.

  • James, SF (2004) “Becoming a chef: the politics and culture of learning”, In: G Hayward, S James (eds.) Balancing the Skills Equation: Key issues and challenges for policy. Bristol: The Policy Press. 219-243

  • James, SF, Hayward, G (2004) “Producing Skills: conundrums and possibilities”, In: G Hayward, S James (eds.) Balancing the skills equation: key issues and challenges for policy and practice. Bristol: Policy Press.

Conference papers

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S, Allen, J, Wilde, S (2015) Panel on Developing and Understanding Vocational Excellence: Evidence from the WorldSkills Competition.. (Bremen, Germany)

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S (2014) Overcoming vocational prejudice: Can skills competitions improve the attractiveness of vocational education and training in the UK?. (Porto, Portugal)

  • James Relly, SF, Chankseliani, M, Holmes, C (2013) Workplace learning environments and vocational excellence. (Oxford) Oxford: Worcester College.

  • Laczik, A, James Relly, SF, Chankseliani, M (2013) Benefits of Skills Competitions: Views and Experiences of World Skills Competitors from the UK. (Istanbul)

  • James Relly, SF, Chankseliani, M (2013) Can skills competitions help to raise the attractiveness of VET?. (Oxford)

  • James Relly, SF, Commander, J, Tholen, G, Warhust, C 'Social skills matter: the case of estate agents’. (Leeds)

  • James Relly, SF, Nokelaninen, P, Smith, H, Ali Rahimi, M, Stasz, C What contributes to vocational excellence? Characteristics and experiences of competitors in WorldSkills London 2011. (Sidney)

  • James Relly, SF, Thoeln, G, Commander, J, Warhust, C ‘Graduate skills or the skills of graduates, what matters most? An analysis from a graduatising occupation’. (Stockholm)

  • James Relly, SF, Warhurst, C, Commander, J, Tholen, G ‘Higher Education: Graduate knowledge and skills or finishing school?’.

  • James Relly, SF Learning to Cook: the Dichotomous Nature of Modern Apprenticeships. (Chicago)

  • James Relly, SF Qualifications, Professional Identity and Work-based Learning. (Tampere)

  • James Relly, SF, Keep, E Are bad jobs inevitable? Incentives to learn at the bottom end of the labour market. (New Jersy)

  • James Relly, SF, Grunert, K, Moos, P The Food Processing Industry in Europe & the US: some case study evidence. (San Jose)

  • James Relly, SF, Nokelaninen, P, Smith, H, Ali Rahimi, M, Stasz, C What contributes to vocational excellence? Characteristics and experiences of competitors in WorldSkills London 2011. (Sidney)

Journal articles

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S, Laczik, A (2016) “Overcoming vocational prejudice: how can skills competitions improve the attractiveness of vocational education and training in the UK?”, British Educational Research Journal. 42(4) 582-599.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/berj.3218

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S (2016) “Three-capital approach to the study of young people who excel in vocational occupations: a case of WorldSkills competitors and entrepreneurship”, International journal for research in vocational education and training. 3(1)

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S (2015) “From the provider-led to an employer-led system: implications of apprenticeship reform on the private training market”, Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 67(4) 515-528.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2015.1076499

  • James, S, Warhurst, C, Tholen, G, Commander, J (2013) “What we know and what we need to know about graduate skills”, Work, Employment and Society. 27(6) 952-963.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017013500116

  • Keep, E, James, S (2012) “A Bermuda triangle of policy? 'Bad jobs', skills policy and incentives to learn at the bottom end of the labour market”, JOURNAL OF EDUCATION POLICY. 27(2) 211-230.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2011.595510

  • Caroli, E, Gautie, J, Lloyd, C, Lamanthe, A, James, S (2010) “Delivering Flexibility: Contrasting Patterns in the French and the UK Food Processing Industry”, BRITISH JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS. 48(2) 284-309.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2010.00792.x

  • Lloyd, C, James, S (2008) “Too much pressure? Retailer power and occupational health and safety in the food processing industry”, WORK EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY. 22(4) 713-730.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017008098366

  • James, S (2006) “Learning to Cook: Production Learning Environment in Kitchens”, Learning Environments Research. 9(1) 1-22.
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10984-005-9001-5

  • Tholen, G, Warhurst, C, Commander, J, Lindsay, J, James, S “The Five Obstacles that Hamper Better Understanding of Graduate Labour and Skills”, SKOPE Issues paper No.27.

  • James Relly, SF, Wilde, S “WorldSkills UK Training Managers: midas Touch or Fools' Gold?”, International Journal of Research in Vocational Education and Training.

  • James Relly, SF, Tholen, G, Warhurst, C, Commander, J “Graduate skills or the skills of graduates, what matters most? An analysis from a graduating occupation”, British Education Research Journal.

Reports

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, Susan, Mayhew, Ken (2015) “Benefits of Developing Vocational Excellence. A Report to the NationalApprenticeship Service of Project 3 (Phase II) of the DUVE suite of projects”, In: Benefits of Developing Vocational Excellence. A Report to the NationalApprenticeship Service of Project 3 (Phase II) of the DUVE suite of projects.

  • James Relly, SF, Holmes, C, Mayhew, K (2015) Learning environments to develop vocational excellence. http://vocationalexcellence.education.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Project-2-Phase-2-Final-Report-Learning-environments-to-develop-vocational-excellence.pdf:

  • Chankseliani, M, James Relly, S, Mayhew, K (2015) WorldSkills competitors and entrepreneurship: A Report to theSkills Funding Agency.

  • James Relly, SF, Allen, J, Mayhew, K (2015) Further education college participation in worldSkills and other competitions. http://vocationalexcellence.education.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Project-4-Further-education-college-participation-in-WorldSkills-and-other-skills-competitions.pdf:

  • Wilde, S, James, SF, Mayhew, K (2015) Training Managers: Benefits from and barriers to WorldSkills UK participation. Oxford: Oxford University Consulting.

  • James Relly, SF, Rodriguez Leal, T, Mayhew, K (2014) Final Evaluation Report on the Skills Competition CPD Programme.. Oxford: Oxford University Consulting.

  • James Relly, SF, Nokelainen, P, Stasz, C (2014) “What contributes to vocational excellence? A pilot study of the individual characteristics of the WorldSkills UK 2011 squad”, In: SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff: SKOPE.

  • James Relly, SF, Rodriguez Leal, T, Mayhew, K (2014) Interim Evaluation Report on the Skills Competition CPD Programme. Oxford: Oxford University Consulting.

  • James, S, Nokelainen, P, Stasz, C (2013) What contributes to Vocational Excellence? A study of the WorldSkills UK squad 2013. A Report to the National Apprenticeship Service. Oxford: SKOPE..

  • James, S, Holmes, C, Mayhew, K (2013) “Learning Environments to Develop vocational Excellence. Oxford: SKOPE”, In: A Report to the National Apprenticeship Service of Project 2 of the DUVE suite of projects.. Oxford: SKOPE.

  • James, SF, Mayhew, K, Laczik, A, Mordarska, M (2013) Report on Apprenticeships, Employer Engagement and Vocational Formation in England. Oxford: Oxford University Consulting.

  • James, SF, Mayhew, K, Chankseliani, M, Laczik, A (2013) “Benefits of Developing Vocational Excellence. A Report to the National Apprenticeship Service. Oxford: SKOPE”, In: Benefits of Developing Vocational Excellence A Report to the National Apprenticeship Service of Project 3 of the DUVE suite of projects.

  • James Relly, SF, Holmes, C (2012) “Developing Vocational Excellence: Learning Environments within Work Environments”, In: SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff and Oxford Universities.

  • James, SF, Nokelainen, P, Smith, H, Rahimi, MA, Stasz, C (2012) What contributes to vocational excellence? Overview from a study conducted at WorldSkills 2011. Madrid: WorldSkills Foundation.

  • James, SF, Chankseliani, M (2012) Skills, Work and Employment in the Real Estate Industry, report to AssetSkills Northampton. Oxford: SKOPE.

  • James, SF, Nokelainen, P, Stasz, C (2012) Developing and Understanding Vocational Excellence: individual attributes and characteristics, report to WorldSkills UK. Oxford: SKOPE.

  • James Relly, SF, Keep, E (2010) “Recruitment and Selection – The Great Neglected Topic”, In: SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff: SKOPE.

  • James Relly, SF, Keep, E (2010) “What Incentives to Learn at the Bottom End of the Labour Market?”, In: SKOPE Research Paper. Cardiff: Cardiff University, SKOPE.

  • James Relly, SF (2010) “What is apprenticeship?”, In: SKOPE Issues Paper. University of Oxford: SKOPE.

  • James Relly, SF (2009) “The Skills Training Levy in South Africa: Skilling the Workforce or Just Another Tax?”, In: SKOPE Issues Paper. Cardiff: Cardiff University: SKOPE.

  • James Relly, SF (2006) “Adding new ingredients to an old recipe: NVQs and the influence of CATERBASE”, In: Skope issues paper. Oxford: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE).

  • James Relly, SF, Hayward, G, Oh, SA (2002) Alternative Models of Provision Project Working Paper No. 3: Work-related Learning. Oxford: Department of Educational Studies.

  • James Relly, SF, Hayward, G Diversity in Learning: Establishing the Cognitive Styles and Learning Strategies of Young People in the Youth Justice System. Oxford: Department of Educational Studies.

  • James Relly, SF, Warhurst, C, Commander, J, Lindsay, K, Tholen, G “The Five Obstacles that Hamper Better Understanding of Graduate Labour and Skills”, In: SKOPE Issues Paper. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

Susan James Relly 2016 webprofile

Category

  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • Green Templeton College

Position

  • Associate Professor
  • Deputy Director of SKOPE
  • Director of Doctoral Research

Research groups

  • SKOPE

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