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Penny Wymer
Contact Details
Penny Wymer

Business & Research Support Manager

Leeds Business School

0113 81 24471 P.Wymer@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Penny Wymer

Penny has worked at the Policy Research Institute since 1999. During the past few years Penny has played a key role in managing and delivering projects commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus.


  • HND Public Administration, Newcastle Polytechnic
  • MA Social Science Research Methods, Sheffield Hallam University


  • 2010 - HEFCE
    Micro Study of Partnerships
  • 2009-10 Yorkshire Forward
    Stakeholder Survey
  • 2009-10 DWP
    PDCS Partnership Study
  • 2009-10 Jobcentre Plus
    Staff Perception of Downturn Measures
  • 2009-10 Department for Work and Pensions
    Research on the effects of economic downturn in deprived areas
  • 2009 - Department for Work and Pensions
    The impact of quality, uncertainty and employers use of information shortcuts in recruitment decisions.
  • 2009 - Jobcentre Plus
    Evaluation of Off-flow Key Management Indicator
  • 2008-09 Jobcentre Plus
    First Contact Survey and qualitative follow-up
  • 2008 - McDonalds
    Social Mobility in the UK: A Case Study of McDonald's Restaurants
  • 2007 - Jobcentre Plus
    National Evaluation of Job Outcome Target
  • 2007 - Department for Work and Pensions
    Factors affecting the inter- and intra-class mobility of Job Centre Plus customers: a case study approach
  • 2004-07 Department of Communities and Local Government
    Rationalisation of the Plan and Strategy Requirements of Local Government and Evaluation of Community Strategies
  • 2005 -  Asian Trade Link
    BME Business Support Evaluation
  • 2004-05 Derbyshire Learning and Skills Council
    Skills Need Analysis of Ethnic Minority Businesses in Derbyshire
  • 2004-05 Local Government Association
    Research into Prostitution and the Licensed Sex Industry
  • 2004-05 Local Government Association
    Role of Research in Local Government
  • Government Office Yorkshire & Humber
    ESF Objective 2 Survey
  • Fairplay Partnership
    Measuring Awareness of the Sexual Orientation & Religious Belief Regulations Survey
  • Jobcentre Plus
    Multi Provider Employment Zones Evaluation
  • Fairplay Partnership
    Fairplay for Older Workers Survey
  • The Princes Trust
    Young People & Employability Survey
  • Jobcentre Plus
    Jobcentre Plus Window Display Evaluation
  • Jobcentre Plus
    Jobcentre Plus Quantitative Customer Satisfaction Survey
  • Jobcentre Plus
    Jobcentre Plus Qualitative Customer Satisfaction Research
  • Jobcentre Plus
    Jobcentre Plus Developing Local Questionnaires
  • Department for Education and Skills
    Wired Up Communities Survey
  • Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
    Mid-term Evaluation of South Yorkshire Objective 1 Programme
  • Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
    Mid-term Evaluation of the Yorkshire and Humber Objective 2 Programme
  • Nottingham LDA
    Nottingham Community and Voluntary Sector Survey
  • Childrens Fund
    Children as Victims of Crime Survey
  • West Yorkshire LSC
    West Yorkshire Household Survey
  • Bradford Sexual Health Services
    Evaluation of the Lads Room
  • Bradford Sexual Health Services
    Young Peoples Views on Advertisements for a Sexual Health Service
  • Government Office Yorkshire & Humber
    ESF Objective 2 Survey

Research Interests

Penny has expertise in the following:

  • Survey management
  • Survey design
  • Fieldwork planning
  • Questionnaire design
  • Quantitative interview techniques
  • Interviewer training
  • Survey data processing and quality
  • Qualitative research
  • Project management
  • Focus group planning and management
  • Financial planning and management
  • Human resource management
  • Physical resource planning and management

Selected Publications

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