Selected publications

Refereed journal articles

MacFarlane, K. (2019). How Can Universities Contribute to the Common Good? Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education. DOI:

MacFarlane, K. (2019). Widening participation through the Learner Life Cycle, Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Vol 21 (1).;jsessionid=5adse2j41p6r.x-ic-live-03

MacFarlane, K. (2019). Building Capabilities for Higher Education Prior to Entry, Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Vol 21 (3) 5-31. DOI:

MacFarlane, K. (2018). Higher Education Learner Identity for Successful Student Transitions, Journal of Higher Education Research and Development, Vol 37 (6). Available from:

MacFarlane, K. (2016). Transition through immersion in HE: An evaluation of how a transition and immersion programme for school pupils embeds a culture of the university experience for key stakeholders, Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, Vol 18 (3). DOI:

Book chapter

MacFarlane, K. (2019). Evaluating For the Common Good: A whole institution approach to curriculum enhancement, Changemaker Evaluation Compendium, AshokaU: USA.


MacFarlane, K. (2018). ‘An Evaluation of the Advanced Higher Hub: The Learner Perspective’, Glasgow Caledonian University.

MacFarlane, K. (2017) Engaged for the next stage: a creative approach to widening participation to Higher Education, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), October 2017.

Wayne, Y., Ingram, R., MacFarlane, K., Andrew, N., McAleavy, L. & Whittaker, R. (2016). A life cycle approach to students in transition in Scottish higher education, A review of research, policy and practice, Report for  Higher Education Academy, October 2016.

Selected Presentations

Campbell, K. (2021) & Browitt, A. Widening Participation Research & Evaluation, Scottish Community of Access and Participation Practitioners’ Widening Access Evaluation & Research Exchange, held online, January 2021.

Campbell, K. (2020). Utilizing Appreciative Inquiry for a whole institution curriculum enhancement, Higher Education Institutional Research Network annual international conference, University of Brighton, held online, September 2020.

MacFarlane, K. (2019). Placing Habitus at the Hub of Equitable HE Transitions, SRHE annual international conference, Creativity, Criticality and Conformity in Higher Education, Celtic Mannor, Newport, Wales, December 2019.

MacFarlane, K. (2019). Immersion develops Identity, UALL international conference, Lifelong Learning and Innovation, Telford Innovation Campus, University of Wolverhampton, April 2019.

MacFarlane, K. (2018). How Can Universities Contribute to the Common Good? SRHE annual international conference, The Changing Shape of Higher Education: Can Excellence and Inclusion Co-exist?’ Newport, South Wales, December, 2018.

MacFarlane, K. (2018).  Fostering Capabilities for Equitable HE Transitions, Lancaster University, Keynote, Inaugural Learn-Teach-Share Seminar, University of Lancaster, November, 2018.