Marcellus Mbah

Marcellus Mbah

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division


Dr Mbah lectures in the Nottingham Institute of Education and currently contributes to the teaching of a range of courses in the joint honours in education programme, as well as provides PhD supervision.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Dr Mbah taught the following modules at Bournemouth University.

  • Leadership at Masters Level
  • Business Management and Development Management Competence at Undergraduate Level

In addition, he was an active member of a research team, providing PhD supervision and examining transfers. He also led an internal funding scheme and provided leadership to the University’s Research Staff Association (RSA).

Prior to joining Bournemouth University in 2015, he contributed to the teaching of Research Methods in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as served as a member of the Faculty’s Ethics Committee.

Research areas

As Principal Investigator, he recently completed a Fair Access research project that aims to understand university financial support and bursaries and their impact on students’ decision for higher education / university, choice of degree programme, retention, well-being, success and employability – findings were presented at the British Education Research Association (BERA) conference in September 2017.

He also led a project that explored the placement experience of international students. The findings of this project were presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) network event in London, on 13 November 2015.

His Research interests touch on the overarching themes of:

  • Education for Sustainable Development,
  • University Community Engagement
  • Graduate Employability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility,
  • Widening Participation.
  • Environmental Education
  • Indigenous knowhow

In realising his research objectives, a versatile set of designs and skills come to fore, notably: Interpretive Case Studies, Ethnographies, Narratives, Knowledge Co-creation and mixed methodology.

Enquiries about PhD or research supervision that touches on any of the mentioned areas of interest are most welcome. Further information regarding research degrees can be obtained from NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education
  • Member of the Association for Moral Education

Selected conference presentations:

Mbah, M., Holley, D. and Eccles, S. 2017. Optimising Higher Education Opportunities through Financial Support: What More Do Students Need? British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 5 September 2017, University of Sussex

Mbah, M. & Fonchingong C. C. 2017. Forging a university-aided indigenous community education policy: village elders, informal education and social development in Cameroon. Engaged Learning Symposium, University of Sheffield, 6-7th July 2017.

Mbah, M. 2016. Towards a university-driven service learning model for community development. Association for Moral Education’s 42nd Annual Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, December 8-11, 2016.

Mbah, M. 2016. The instrumentality of community-based service learning in instigating local transformations: An investigation into the role community voices. 13th PASCAL Conference in Glasgow, 3-5 June, 2016.

Mbah, M. 2015. The placement experience of international students. The SRHE Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning Network Event - Developing the most employable global citizens: How can we encourage and celebrate outward mobility and working abroad? London, 13th November 2015

Mbah, M. 2015. (Invited keynote speaker) The idea of the interconnected university for a sustainable community development. The international scientific-practical conference on “Studies in Modern Society”, Siaulial, Lithuania, 26th February 2015.

External Awards:

  • Marcellus has been a recipient of external grants from the Association for Moral Education (2016) and World Social Science Forum (2013).
  • In 2013, he was granted a Graduate Scholar Award by the World Universities Forum.

Sponsors and collaborators

Marcellus is currently collaborating with colleagues at Bournemouth University and Canterbury Christ Church University on a Research Development Funding to investigate university-aided indigenous community education policy: Village elders, informal education and social development in Cameroon


Journal articles

Mbah, M., Eccles, S. & Holley, D. (2018) Student Perceptions and Institutional Targets: the matches and mismatches of financial bursary support. Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning (Accepted)

Mbah, M. (2018). Can local knowledge make the difference? Rethinking university engagement and prospect for community development. Journal of Environmental Education, DOI:10.1080/00958964.2018.1462136

Goodwin, K. and Mbah, M., 2017. Enhancing the work placement experience of international students: towards a support framework. Journal of Further and Higher Education

Tauringana, V., Mbah, M. and Alexander, P. (2017). Interrogating the importance and awareness of NSS improvement initiatives: A case study of final year undergraduate studentsJournal of Further and Higher Education.

Mbah, M. F. (2016). Towards the idea of the interconnected university for sustainable community developmentHigher Education Research & Development, 1-14. Taylor and Francis.

Mbah, M. (2015). Towards a model of university-aided technologically driven community developmentCommunity Development Journal50(3), 463-477. Oxford University Press.

Mbah, M. (2014). Galvanizing a University’s Developmental Mission through Community Participation. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 6 (2), 53-64. Common Ground Publishing

Mbah, M. (2014). The Dilemma of Graduate Unemployment within a Context of Poverty, Scarcity and Fragile Economy: Are there Lessons for the University? International Journal of Economics and Finance, 6 (12), 27.

Mbah, M. (2014). Connecting the University with the Local Community: Exploring Strategic Links to Capture and Maximise Community Voices. STUDIES IN MODERN SOCIETY, 5 (1), 42-51. ISSN 2029-431X

MBAH, M., 2012. Institutionalising 'community voice' within the framework of a university's developmental mission. Educational Alternatives, 10 (2), pp. 347-358. ISSN 1313-2571


Mbah, M., 2012. Motivation of university support staff to improve work performance. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing.


Widening opportunities for higher education through financial supports: what are the key determinants?

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