Mr Stephen McGlynn

MSc Occupational Psychology, The University of Sheffield
BA (Hons) Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
Registered Psychometric Test User: Occupational Ability and Personality, British Psychological Society
MBTI Step I Practitioner, OPP Ltd


Management Doctoral Centre, A07
171 Northumberland Road, Sheffield. S10 1DF.

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 3214


Twitter: @stephen_mcglynn



Thesis Title

Supporting employees in their development: Exploring the role of tailored support in informal learning


Prof John Arnold
Dr Christine Sprigg


Stephen is a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Work Psychology, and a trainee occupational psychologist with the British Psychological Society. His doctoral work is funded by a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

His main area of interest is in exploring career management, and learning and development (L&D), from both organisational and employee perspectives. He is also interested in topics related to psychometrics, diversity and inclusion, vocational selection, and the use of innovative technologies in research methods and professional practice.

Stephen teaches on a range of topics at undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional levels. His current teaching commitments include lectures on the MSc Occupational/Work Psychology and MSc Human Resource Management courses, and tutorials on several undergraduate modules.

His portfolio also includes consultancy projects with organisations, the delivery of professional development seminars and workshops, conference and event management (including the IWP International Conference 2014), research assistant work, and engagement with the media in the promotion of Occupational Psychology.

Keen to contribute to the professional community, Stephen works with the British Psychological Society (BPS), The Psychologist magazine and the Research Digest. He is a volunteer with the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology, where he leads the Communications strategy group, and was one of the first graduates of the Division’s Leadership Development Programme.

Scope of Research

Stephen’s doctoral work is concerned with how employees can be best supported in their career management and in their self-directed learning and development. He is particularly interested in exploring the modern role of the organisation and the role of other external partners, and how an understanding of personality and demographics can contribute to best practice in L&D initiatives.

The project has three core questions:

  1. Who do employees expect to support them in their self-directed development?
  2. Who (as identified through personality psychometrics) needs more support in their self-directed development?
  3. What kind of support do these individuals benefit from? From whom, and in what capacity?

Recent Publications

McGlynn, S. (2012). Maximising the return from development centres: Predicting subsequent development activity through personality (Instrument: Saville Consulting Wave Professional Styles). Assessment and Development Matters, 4(1), 6-9.

Conference Presentations

Academic presentations:

McGlynn, S. (2013). Your career, your problem! What should your employer do to help your develop? Presented at the White Rose DTC Psychology Conference, August 2013.

McGlynn, S. (2013). Your career, your problem! What should your employer do to help your develop? Presented at the White Rose DTC Business & Management Conference, July 2013.

McGlynn, S., Duff, S., & Arnold, J. (2012). Maximising the return from development centres: how proactive personality relates to specific types of development activity participation. Presented at the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Chester, January 2012.

Stephen has also presented at other conferences in a non-academic capacity, hosting numerous CPD workshops and seminars.


Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship
Academic Scholarship, New College, University of Oxford
cut-e Theta Award - €5,000 in recognition of an outstanding innovation and contribution to a better fit between people and jobs