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Dr Steph Allen has been working at Bournemouth University since 2002 and is a fused lecturer in the FMC’s Learning Development Team.

Steph works with students intensely around practical and technical academic skills with students at all levels (UG – PhD) throughout the FMC faculty and wider. Specialist interests focus on holistic academic and personal support in an ever-changing and highly marketised HE environment. Throughout her years in HE Steph has taught at Masters and Doctoral level, as well as at all levels of large undergraduate cohorts in Marketing programmes. She promotes and proactively utilises real-life project-based learning with national and international organisations.

Key interests: assessment, grading, and feedback/forward, academic offences, and academic integrity.

Steph actively seeks to make a positive impact within the institution by understanding and challenging policies, procedures, and practices for positive change to enhance the academic and student community.

Her roles encompass that of a blended professional, engaging in teaching, research, and professional practice...



Examining Change: The Future of Learning Development in HE


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Partnership for the Goals

"Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development"

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Journal Articles



  • Allen, S. and Titova, O., 2024. Digital Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. In: Haponenko, V., ed. Transformation of World Order Through the Prism of War and Peace. Kyiv, Ukraine: KNEU, 65-71.
  • Allen, S., 2013. End of the Day at Holes Bay. Dorset A Photographic Journey Through Towns & Villages. Bournemouth: Newsquest Media (Southern) Ltd, 133.
  • Allen, S., 2012. December: Winter colours on Bournemouth seafront. Dorset A Photographic Journey in an Olympic Year. Bournemouth: Newsquest Media (Southern) Ltd, 163.


  • Thurston, J. and Polkinghorne, M., 2022. Students as Researchers. In: Fusion Learning Conference - Innovation and Excellence in the Pandemic 28 June-29 July 2021 Bournemouth University: UK. Poole, UK: Bournemouth University.
  • Allen, S., 2021. Academic Integrity: Campaigning Now and Beyond. In: SRHE Conference 2021, (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times 6-10 December 2021 online. SRHE.
  • Mayer, M., Allen, S. and Bickle, E., 2021. Challenges and solutions to combating predatory essay mills: supporting student integrity in UK higher education. In: SRHE Conference 2021, (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times 6-10 December 2021 Online. SRHE.
  • Allen, S.F., 2017. Questioning the Grade: understanding the complexity of student grade enquiries in Higher Education. In: CELebrate 2017 13 June 2017 Bournemouth University. ///Users/stephallen/Downloads/CELebrate2017%20Conference%20handbook%20(1).pdf, 18 Bournemouth: Bournemouth University.
  • Allen, S.F., 2015. The Curious World of Grade Grubbing in HE:Perspectives from Students and Academics. In: SRHE 9-11 December 2015 Cardiff. London: SRHE.


  • Bickle, E., Allen, S., Mayer, M. and Naran, M., 2023. Examining change: The future of Learning Development in Higher Education. The Society for Educational Studies.
  • Allen, S. and Wright, A., 2021. Hidden Lives – Pulse Staff Survey (February 2021 data): The BU Trade Union’s Joint Review to the Joint H&S Committee. UCU BU.
  • Allen, S., 2019. Missing Pension Service Contributions: A working conditions report. University and College Union - Bournemouth University Branch.. Bournemouth: UCU BU.

Scholarly Editions

  • Allen, S., 2013. Three-D Issue 21: Grade grubbing. Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association.
  • Allen, S.. Not Just One Essay Format: A Reader for Undergraduates. Bournemouth University.


  • Allen, S., 2017. Questioning the Grade: Understanding the Complexity of Student Grade Enquiries in Higher Education. PhD Thesis. University of Southampton, School of Education.


PhD Students

  • PhD Supervision. Academic Integrity and related thesis topics

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Marketing Communications: Academic Development Series
  • Media and Marketing Communications
  • Research Methodology and Methods
  • Postgraduate Certificate Intellectual Property: Academic Integrity
  • Computer Animation framework: Academic Development Series
  • LLM Law: Academic Development Series
  • Journalism: Academic Development Series
  • MA Media and Communications: Academic Development Series
  • Dissertations 2010 -

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Marketing Communications
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Advertising
  • Fundamentals of Public Relations
  • Ethics: NCCA Undergraduate Framework
  • Research Methods
  • Continuing Academic Development
  • Cross- Cultural Communications
  • Dissertation Supervisor
  • LLB Law: Academic Development Series
  • Multi Media Journalism: Academic Development Series
  • Dissertations 2010 -

Invited Lectures

  • 25 Jan 2024 more
  • Academic integrity in Online Learning Environment, Online - Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, KSA, 03 Oct 2023 more
  • Viewing change through a positive lens: The use of, Online, 20 Jun 2023 more
  • The Accidental Researcher: Extracting Truths to .., Bournemouth University, 23 Feb 2022 more
  • UK Higher Education: Teaching & Learning, SIAS University: Zhengzhou, China, 28 Nov 2021 more
  • Ethics beyond academia: looking towards industry, Bournemouth University, 13 Nov 2018 more
  • The Brand is King: A UK Perspective, Communication University of China, Beijing, 14 Dec 2016 more
  • UK Training for the Media Production Industry, Communication University of China, Beijing, 28 Jun 2016 more
  • Researching across Borders: Comparative Views, Communication University of China, Beijing, China, 27 Jun 2016 more
  • Researching across Borders, BUV - Vietnam, 15 Dec 2015 more
  • Research and You, British University of Vietnam. Hanoi, 27 Feb 2015 more
  • Research in UK Higher Education, Communication University of China, Beijing, 17 Jun 2014 more
  • 09 May 2014 more
  • Questioning the Grade - perspectives from Vietnam, British University Vietnam, 09 May 2014 more
  • Continuing Education for Global Academics, National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan, 19 Apr 2013 more
  • Marketing Communications: Ukraine and UK, Kyiv College of Economics, Kyiv, Ukraine, 24 Dec 2011 more
  • Media and Communication in the UK, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi., 28 Apr 2010 more
  • Creative research for media studies, HCT Abu Dhabi Womens College, 27 Apr 2010 more
  • The Brand is King, Communication University of China, Beijing, 12 Jan 2010 more
  • Computer Animation Industry in the UK:Connections, Wuhan Technical School, Wuhan, China, 04 Nov 2009 more


  • Examining change: The future of Learning Development in Higher Education. (Society for Educational Studies, 01 Sep 2022). Awarded
  • The Lived Experience of Learning Development Practitioners: Being, Thinking, Doing, and Reflecting (Society for Research in Higher Education, 01 Mar 2022). In Progress
  • QR in Covid (Bournemouth University, 18 May 2021). Awarded
  • Internationalising Higher Education (British Council, 01 Mar 2016). In Progress

External Responsibilities

  • South and South West Academic Integrity Network, Chair (2024-)
  • QAA, Academic Integrity Advisory Board (2024-),
  • Association for Learning Developers ALDinHE, Chair: Artificial Intelligence SIG (2023-)
  • UCU Southern Region, Treasurer (2018-)
  • Communications University of China, Beijing, Visiting Professor (2007-)

Internal Responsibilities

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Anonymous peer review, 14 Dec 2023
  • Journal of Academic Ethics, Anonymous peer review, 26 Nov 2023
  • F1000Research, Postpublication review, 26 Oct 2023
  • International Journal for Educational Integrity, 05 Jan 2023

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Conducting Academic Integrity Research in the Generative AI World (16 May 2024)
  • Artificial Intellect and Human Rights: Current Challenges and Future Prospects (19 Apr 2024)
  • Ethical and inclusive approaches to student use of Artificial Intelligence (13 Mar 2024)
  • Examining change: The future of Learning Development in Higher Education (27 Feb 2024)
  • Promote, Prevent, and Prosecute: Tailoring Academic Integrity for Distinct Student Psychological Profiles (09 Feb 2024)
  • Generative Al has been the catalyst for assessment change but what impact has this had on Education Fraud, if any? (31 Jan 2024)
  • Down the Slippery Slope: Moral Disengagement with Academic Integrity's Grey Areas (13 Dec 2023)
  • AI Assistance or AI Replacement? An Academic Integrity Conversation (28 Nov 2023-28 Dec 2023)
  • AI-text detection: the challenges for academic integrity (15 Nov 2023)
  • Artificial Intelligence in Digital Society: UK Ukraine (08 Nov 2023)
  • A Ghostwriter in the Machine Academic Integrity Implications of Machine Translation and Generative AI (12 May 2023)
  • The Student View of Contract Cheating (10 May 2023)
  • Thinking differently about ‘academic integrity - Towards a Continuum of Academic Misconduct (02 May 2023)
  • Foundational literacies and academic integrity skills: Ideas for supporting students in an artificial intelligence era (04 Apr 2023)
  • Over-Represented Students in Academic Conduct Problems (08 Feb 2023)
  • An Evening with Lubna Shuja: President of the Law Society for England and Wales (08 Feb 2023)
  • Academic Integrity and Artificial Intelligence: Insights for Teaching and Learning (25 Jan 2023)
  • Threats to Academic Integrity and How to Address Them (14 Dec 2022)
  • Psychological Perspectives on Academic Misconduct (13 Dec 2022)
  • Contract Cheating – Solutions for Prevention and Identification: (07 Dec 2022)
  • The Murky Waters of File Sharing (07 Dec 2022)
  • Plagiarism in the Disrupted HE Landscape (22 Nov 2022)
  • 5G Technology Community Discussion Group Series (11 Oct 2019-11 Jan 2020)
  • Global perpectives:making connections - 6117 miles in a matter of milliseconds. Good morning Taiwan! (19 Jan 2012)
  • Chinese Cultural Event at BU (13 Oct 2011)
  • Awards Presenter (04 Nov 2009-06 Nov 2009)

Conference Presentations

  • AI and Academic Integrity: What Next?, Tackling Academic Misconduct on the Ground: What Really Works?, 10 Jul 2024, Online
  • FMC Education Week, Gen AI: Task & Finish Group: Survey Findings and Forward, 01 Jul 2024, Bournemouth University
  • ALDCON24, The Future of Learning Development: In our hands, 11 Jun 2024, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • ALDCON24, Artificial Intelligence - How have Learning Developers engaged?, 11 Jun 2024, University of Glasgow
  • Transformation of World Order Through the Prism of War and Peace, Digital Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, 24 Apr 2024, Online
  • European Conference on Ethics and Integrity in Education, Academic Integrity Networks, 12 Dec 2023, University of Derby
  • Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education: Trajectories, Threats and Transformations, Artificial Intelligence: Teaching Threat or Transformative Tool?, 07 Sep 2023, Oriel College, Oxford
  • Society for Educational Studies Colloquium 2023, Artificial Intelligence: Teaching Threat or Transformative Tool?, 07 Sep 2023, University of Oxford
  • European Conference on Ethics and Integrity in Academia 2023, The Benefits of Academic Integrity Networks, 12 Jul 2023, University of Derby
  • ALDinHE Conference 2023, Academic Integrity and the Role of Learning Development, 13 Jun 2023, University of Portsmouth
  • ALDcon23, Academic Integrity and the role of Learning Development, 13 Jun 2023, University of Portsmouth
  • ALDinHE Conference 2022, Learning Development 2030, 14 Jun 2022, University of Northampton
  • ALDinHE Conference 2022, Learning Development 2030, 10 Jun 2022, University of Northampton
  • SRHE Conference 2021 - (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times, Academic Integrity: Campaigning Now and Beyond, 06 Dec 2021, online
  • UCU Congress, For a national campaign on workload and casualisation, 29 May 2021, Online
  • Working Pensions Conference, 19 Mar 2021, Bournemouth University
  • Working Pensions Conference, Pension Service Contributions: Pensions Conference, 17 Sep 2019, Bournemouth University
  • Festival of Learning: SIAS International University, Cross cultural education - East meets West: A comparison, 27 Jun 2016, SIAS International University, Xinzheng, China
  • Aniwow!, Digital frontiers: boundaries unravelled, 27 Oct 2014, Communication University of China, Beijing, China
  • Aniwow, Computer Animation: Study and employment in the UK, 26 Oct 2010, Communication University of China
  • Aniwow - Festival of Imagination Computer Animation, Computer Animation in HE: East meets West, 04 Nov 2009, Communication University of China, Beijing, China

Consultancy Activities

  • Academic Integrity: Expert Panel Advisor, Advisor. Epigeum

Attended Training

  • Aurora, 02 May 2024, Certificate of Completion
  • Unconscious Bias (IPPPM), 16 Mar 2018
  • RKEO Academic & Researcher Induction, 27 Sep 2017


  • PhD in Education (University of Southampton, 2017)
  • MA in Marketing Communications (Bournemouth University, 2008)
  • BA (Hons) in Post Compulsory Education (University of Southampton, 2006)
  • PGCE in in Education (University of Southampton, 2002)


  • ENAI Exemplary Activism Award 2024. The ENAI Exemplary Activism Award is given to an individual or group for significant, innovative or ground-breaking advancement towards academic integrity core values, goals, and/or culture change in practice. (European Network for Academic Integrity, 2024)
  • Certified Leading Practitioner of Learning Development - CELP (Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, 2023)
  • Senior Fellow (Higher Education Academy, 2015)
  • 'You're Brilliant ' student awards - 40+ (Student Union SUBU)



  • South and South West Academic Integrity Network (SSWAIN)
  • South and South West Academic Integrity Network (SSWAIN)
  • ALDinHE Association for Learning Development in Higher Education
  • London and South East Academic Integrity Network (LSEAIN)

Social Media Links

External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview

  • UK Animation Experts visit CUC Annual Festival of Animation, Interviewed and discussed the latest animation films on the global market, analysis of the artistry behind chosen box-office hits, review of specialist animation films, and predictions for the future of animation technology., Zhèng, W, 07 Jan 2022