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Jacqueline Baxter

Professor in Public Policy and Management, The Open University

Jacqueline Baxter is Professor of Public Policy in The Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) at the triple accredited Open University Business School, Principal Fellow of the HEA and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is Director of the Centre for Research and Innovation in online legal and business education and chair on the MBA programme.

Her interests lie in the area of public sector leadership, governance and accountablity - exploring the and challenges faced by public services in the UK.
She also publishes in the area of online learning in business, and is particularly interested in online teaching identity and how school leaders plan for digital learning in their schools.

You can find her blog at:

Her profile at :

My background is in education and management. I blog at

and was shortlisted for Award for Outstanding online Commentary 2014 - National Education Journalism Awards .


  • –present
    Professor of Public Policy and Management , The Open University Business School


    The Higher Education Academy , Fellow
    CPCAB, Certificate in Counselling
    Alliance Francais , Diplome de Langue
    Ealing College , BA Hons In Applied language studies with politics
  • 2011 
    The OpenUniversity, Doctor of Education
  • 2005 
    De Montfort University, MA Educational Studies


  • 2014
    Inspection and the local, In S. Grek & J. Lindengren (Eds.), Governing by inspection: embodied regulation. London: Routledge.In press.
  • 2014
    Inspection in the Media, In S. Grek & J. Lindengren (Eds.), Governing by Inspection: Embodied Regulation. London: Routledge. In press
  • 2014
    ). Shifting Frameworks: shifting Criteria, In S. Grek & J. Lindgren (Eds.), Governing by Inspection: embodied regulation London.Routledge In press
  • 2014
    Knowledge, Authority and Judgement: the changing practices of School Inspection in England, Sisyphus
  • 2013
    Roles and student identities in online large course forums: implications for practice. , International Review of Open and Distance Learning
  • 2013
    An independent inspectorate? Addressing the paradoxes of educational inspection in 2013. , School Leadership and Management
  • 2013
    Farewell to the Tickbox Inspector ?Ofsted and the changing regime of school inspection in England, Oxford Review of Education
  • 2013
    Professional inspector or inspecting professional? Teachers as inspectors in a new regulatory regime for education in England, Cambridge Journal of Education
  • 2013
    The Politics of Educational Change: Governance and School Inspection in England and Scotland , Swiss Journal of Sociology, 39(2), 37-55.
  • 2012
    Who am I and what keeps me going? Profiling the distance learning student in higher education, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 13(4), 107-129
  • 2012
    The impact of professional learning on the online teaching identities of higher education lecturers:the role of resistance discourse , European Journal of Open,Distance and E-Learning 1(2)


EdD MA PGCE BA (Hons)Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy