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Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3229

Email: j.w.scully@aston.ac.uk



I am located in the Department of Work and Organisational Psychology at Aston Business School. I teach qualitative research methods for different groups of students, particularly post graduate students. I have an interest in mutli -methodologies, and their use in practice, as well as their relationship to philosophy and ethics. Hence my research interests, and those of my students, are both theoretically underpinned  and practice orientated. The quest to conduct rigorous research that can make a difference to people's lives is is reflected in the range of research areas that I have been involved in throughout my career at Aston. These include:  

  • International Crisis Management and Volunteer Research
  • Productivity and Employee Engagement in SMEs 
  • Corporate and Enterprise Social Responsibility
  • Health Service Management Research
  • User Involvement
  • Patient Choice
  • NHS Survey Design and Implementation
  • Cancer Services Research



In 2005 I was awarded the Chancellors medal for research

In 2015 I was awarded a Astonishing Acadamic Award





Major Teaching Activities

  • Qualitative Research Methods PhD Students
  • Qualitative Research Methods MSc Students
  • Dissertation Supervision MSc Students
  • PhD Supervision 

Modules Taught

  • PG BHM 353 Research Methods Course: Human Resource Management and Business/ Work Psychology and Organisational Behaviour
  • PhD Qualitative Research Methods


  • 1991-1994 PhD Department of Sociology, University of Warwick.  ESRC Funded Research Grant for PhD Thesis
  • 1988-1991 BA Honours First Class Degree in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Warwick



  • 2010-2109 Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School
  • 2005-2010 Lecturer, Aston Business School
  • 2003- 5 Director Aston Multi Media Interactive Research Suite, Aston Business School, Aston University
  • 2005-50% Secondment Innovation Fellow, Business Parnership Unit, Aston Business School, Aston University
  • 1999-2002 Research Fellow, Aston Centre for Health Services, Work & Organisational Psychology Group, Aston Business School, Aston University
  • 1998-1999 Research Fellow, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
  • 1994-1998 Contract Lectureship, Department of Sociology/Social Policy, University of Warwick
  • 1991-1994 p/t Teaching, Department of Sociology/Social Policy, University of Warwick

Research Projects/Collaborations

  • The following Research Awards are examples of where where I have been either PI or CI
  • 2019-2022 Productivity From Below (ESRC)(CI)
  • 2015 Network Rai: Provision of  Welfare Services(CI)
  • 2015 My Time CIC ERDF KEEN Award (PI)
  • 2003-2011 NHS National Staff Survey (CI)
  • 2014-2017 KTP Implementing a Workforce Inteliigence System (PI)
  • 2011-2015 EREBUS (Engaging Research for Business Transformation ESRC (CI)
  • 2008-2011  INDEX , Innovations Delivers Expansion(CI)
  • 2007-2008 Stafforshire Probation Service (CI)
  • 2006 NHS Benevolent Fund Feasibility Study (PI)
  • 2005 Public & Patient Involvement in Health (PI)
  • 2005 Evaluating Patient Choice (PI)
  • 2004-2006 Barriers and Opportunities to Working with Small Medium Enterprise(PI)
  • 2004-2005 Reward and Recognition in Customer Service (CI)
  • 2004-2005 GP and GP Practice Staff Pilot Survey (PI)
  • 2003-2004 Evaluating the Certificate of Community Volunteering for Patient Representatives (PI)
  • 2002-2003 The Link Between Staff and Patient Satisfaction (CI)
  • 2001-2004 Staff Involvement and Organisational Performance in the NHS
  • 1999-2001 Effective Teamwork in Breast Cancer Services
  • 1999-2001 Link Between People Management and Organisational Performance in the NHS 


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