Lorraine Dacre Pool

Dr. Lorraine Dacre Pool

Senior Lecturer in Employability

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

+44 (0) 1772 89 3896

Subject Areas: Psychology

Lorraine has a BA in Social Psychology from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Occupational/Organisational Psychology from the University of Manchester. In 2002 she joined the Organisational Research Group at the University of Liverpool, researching and teaching in the area of organisational justice. She undertook a PGCE and qualified as a teacher in 2004. In 2005 she joined the Centre for Employability at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests include graduate employability, emotional intelligence and emotional self-efficacy. Lorraine is a member of the Health Psychology research group.

Full Profile


PhD, Psychology. (Emotional Intelligence and Graduate Employability). University of Central Lancashire, 2011

University Certificate in Higher Education, Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire, 2011

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Qualified Teacher Status), Edge Hill University, 2004

MSc in Occupational/Organisational Psychology, University of Manchester, 2001

Level A & B (Intermediate) Psychometric Testing, 2001.

BA (Hons) Social Psychology, University of Sussex, 2000

Lorraine is a Chartered Psychologist and senior lecturer in employability at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She is widely known for the development of the CareerEDGE model of graduate employability; the journal article that introduced the model in 2007 has been downloaded almost 25,000 times. The model is used in many higher education institutions nationally and internationally and appears in a number of other publications and text books. It is designed to explain in a clear and practical way that employability development encompasses personal, educational, career and professional development and is not solely concerned with the ‘job getting’ elements (important as these are).

She has a particular interest in emotional intelligence and the role this plays in graduate employability, which was the subject of her PhD research. This also involved the successful design, delivery and evaluation of a taught module of emotional intelligence (the first of its kind in the UK), details of which were published in the peer-reviewed journal Learning and Individual Differences. Lorraine is co-editor (with Dr. Pamela Qualter) of a forthcoming book ‘An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence’. Part of the British Psychological Society ‘Textbooks in Psychology’ series. Publisher Wiley-Blackwell.

Lorraine has published a number of articles on graduate employability, emotional intelligence and emotional self-efficacy and is often invited to speak on the subjects both within UCLan and in other universities.



Qualter, P., Dacre Pool, L., Gardner, K., Ashley-Kot, A., Wise, A. & Wols, A. (2015). The Emotional Self-Efficacy Scale: Adaptation and Validation for Young Adolescents. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 33(1), 33-45.

Dacre Pool, L., Qualter, P., & Sewell, P.J. (2014). Exploring the Factor Structure of the CareerEDGE Employability Development Profile. Education + Training, 56(4), 303-313.

Dacre Pool, L. (2013). Teaching emotional intelligence and emotional self-efficacy in higher education. The Psychology of Education Review, 37(2), Special Edition: New Directions in Emotional Education and Development, 26 – 32.

Nightingale, S.M., Roberts, S, Tariq, Vicki, Appleby, Yvon, Barnes, Lynne, Harris, Rebecca, Dacre-pool, Lorraine and Qualter, Pamela (2013) Trajectories of university adjustment in the UK: Emotion management and emotional self-efficacy protect against initial poor adjustment. Learning and Individual Differences . ISSN 1041-6080

Dacre-pool, Lorraine and Qualter, Pamela (2013) Emotional Self-Efficacy, Graduate Employability and Career Satisfaction: Testing the Associations. Australian Journal of Psychology (Online) . ISSN 1742-9536

Dacre Pool, Lorraine and Qualter, Pamela (2012) The dimensional structure of the emotional self-efficacy scale (ESES). Australian Journal of Psychology, 64 (3). pp. 147-154. ISSN 1742-9536

Dacre Pool, Lorraine and Qualter, Pamela (2012) Improving emotional intelligence and emotional self efficacy through a teaching intervention for university students. Learning and Individual Differences, 22 (3). pp. 306-312. ISSN 1041-6080

Sewell, P. & Dacre Pool, L. (2010). ‘Moving from conceptual ambiguity to operational clarity: employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship in higher education. Education + Training, 52 (1) 89 – 94.

Dacre Pool, L. & Sewell, P. (2007). ‘The key to employability: developing a practical model of graduate employability’. Education + Training, 49 (4), 277-289.

More publications

Research Activities

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Emotional self-efficacy
  • Graduate employability


Research Projects

FS-Biotech project (funded by European Commission), 2011.


  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities


  • Module Lead for Planning Your Career (CD2001)

External Activities

  • Reviewer for Personality and Individual Differences, 2014
  • Reviewer for Journal of Career Development, 2014
  • Reviewer for Education + Training, 2014
  • Reviewer for Oxford University Press, Higher Education Department, 2012
  • Invited contributor to the HEA and National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement teaching and learning summit on ‘Learning for Life and work: re-configuring employability for the 21st Century’. Manchester, 2012
  • Reviewer for Journal of Small Business & Enterprise Development, 2011


Workshop: ‘A new practical model of graduate employability’. The second biennial Quality Improvement conference. Employability: preparing the ground and reaping the rewards. Graduate School of Business, De Montfort University, Leicester. With Peter Sewell, 2007

Conference Presentation: ‘A new practical model of graduate employability.’ E-Evolve Enhancing Employability Conference. Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire. With Peter Sewell, 2007.

Workshop: ‘A new model for graduate employability.’ Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Biennial Conference. University of Birmingham. With Peter Sewell, 2007.

Workshop: ‘Graduate Employability – The CareerEDGE Model and the Employability Development Profile. The UCLan University Conference. With Peter Sewell, 2009.

Workshop: ‘Measuring employability – using the employability development profile’. Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Biennial Conference. Brunel University. With Peter Sewell, 2009.

Conference Presentation: ‘Emotional Intelligence in Higher Education - The relationship between emotional intelligence and graduate employability’. BPS Psychology of Education Section, Annual Conference, Marriott Hotel, Preston, 2009.

Workshop: ‘Emotional Intelligence’, Members of Preston City Council, Town Hall, Preston. With Peter Sewell, 2010.

Workshop: ‘Why there is still a good case for bolt-on employability: CareerEDGE Model (and Emotional Intelligence).’ CETH Conference 2010, Employability in the Curriculum: Beyond the Bolt-On, University of Central Lancashire. With Peter Sewell, 2010.

Conference Presentation: ‘Police Learning – Can we teach Emotional Intelligence?’ Inaugural Conference for the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing, University of Central Lancashire, 2010.

Keynote presentation: ‘The CareerEDGE model of graduate employability and its application to the curriculum.’ Pedagogy for Employability 2012: Implications for Practice’, HEA/Birmingham City University, 2012.

Keynote presentation: ‘The CareerEDGE model of Graduate Employability and Emotional Intelligence’. Graduate employability – curriculum implications to make a difference. Learning & Teaching Conference. Leeds Trinity University, 2012.

Keynote presentation: ‘Developing emotionally intelligent students’. Employability, Enterprise, Your Students and You. Staff Development Conference, Bucks New University, 2013

Workshop: ‘Emotional Intelligence’. Your UCLan Conference (for professional support staff), University of Central Lancashire, 2012, 2013 and 2014,

Invited Speaker: Empowering Employability Conference, including the book launch of ‘Developing Employability for Business’ (Lumley & Wilkinson). London University (December 2013) and Lancaster University (July 2014).

Invited Speaker: ‘Student Employability’. HE Conference, Bridgwater College, Bridgwater, 2014.

Workshops: ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’. Nearly Qualified Day (Nursing), Birmingham City University, Birmingham, 2014.

Invited Speaker: ‘Developing Emotionally Intelligent Students’, Staff CPD Session, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, 2014.

Invited Keynote Presentation: ‘Graduate Employability. Measuring Success’. Enhancing holistic healthcare employability for successful transition – how do we measure its success? HEA Academic Seminar Series Event, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, 2014.

Invited Keynote Presentation: ‘Graduate Employability. The CareerEDGE Model’. Graduate Careers: Engaging, Developing and Preparing Students for transitions using a skills-based approach. National Seminar Series Event for the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (equivalent to the HEA in Ireland). University College, Dublin, 12 May 2015.