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About Rebecca Maccabe

Rebecca joined Northeastern University London as a Lecturer in Professional Education in 2019.



PhD, Educational Research – Higher Education, Lancaster University (2023)

MA, Educational Innovation with Specialism in Business, University of Warwick (2014)

PGCE, Business Education, University of Warwick (2012)

BA, Business Management, University of Northumbria (2011)


Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Supervisor in SI-PASS



Rebecca Maccabe's Research

Rebecca Maccabe is an experienced teacher with a background in educational research. Her most recent research has focused on designing and delivering localised peer assisted study schemes to raise student attainment, particularly from underrepresented groups. Rebecca’s research interests include widening participation in higher education, student-centred learning and peer mentoring/coaching. She has been awarded a Fellowship of the HEA for her work on forming effective learning communities and advocating students-as-partners.

Selected Publications

Maccabe, R., Micallef, R & Carew, M. (2019) Peer-assisted learning to support attainment in Pharmacy, Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 12(1). DOI:

Maccabe, R. and Fonseca, T.D. (2021) ‘Lightbulb’moments in higher education: peer-to-peer support in engineering education. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, pp.1-18. DOI:

Maccabe, R. (2021) A whole provider approach to widening participation: a phenomenographic case study exploring the perceptions and experiences of staff and students working in a widening participation role. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning23(1), pp.5-30. DOI:

Rebecca Maccabe's Teaching

LAUNCH: Introductory Capabilities

This module is designed around experiential learning as students gain industry insight, engage in real-world learning and develop key transferrable skills to propel future prospects. Students develop skills in writing and presenting, marketing, working in teams and research skills.

LAUNCH: Applied Capabilities

This module involves applying skills in practice through the creation of a new concept and the development of a website or app. Students benefit from mentoring and industry expertise to be creative, make mistakes in a safe learning environment and learn by doing.