Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

Research projects

Current

Higher Education, Knowledge Exchange and Policy Learning in the Asian Century: Nov 2016-Oct 2019

 See details on the web page for this research study.

Higher Education, Internationalisation and Mobility: Jan 2015-Dec 2017

See details on the web pages for this research study.

Optimising refugee resettlement in the UK: A comparative analysis: Sept 2013-Feb 2016

Dr Linda Morrice

A research project funded by ESRC.

Working with Sussex colleagues Mike Collyer (Geography) and Rupert Brown (Social Psychology), Linda is co-investigator on this longitudinal, multi-method study exploring the integration outcomes for resettled refugees in the UK.

Title: 'Cultural values from the subaltern perspective: A phenomenology of refugees'

A research project funded by AHRC 2013

Working with Sally Munt, Professor of Cultural Studies, Linda is co-investigator on this project which explores understandings of 'Britishness' and 'British' identity in the context of growing critiques of multiculturalism and a shift towards more assimilationist Government policies.

Completed

Women in higher education leadership in South Asia: 2014-2015

Professor Louise Morley and Dr Barbara Crossouard

A research project funded by the British Council.

The British Council in Pakistan commissioned this research in response to concerns in the profession about the under-representaton of women in senior leadership positions in higher education (HE) in South Asia. The research aimed to seek existing knowledge and baseline data from literature, policies, change interventions and available statistics on the situation for women in HE leadership in six countries in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It also collected original data via 30 interviewswith women and men academics in the region, and constructed recommendations about what specific future actions and interventions for change could be implemented in South Asia.

See details of the project on the Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia web pages.

Download:
Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Full Report [PDF 1.97MB]
Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Executive Summary [PDF 312.29KB].

The contribution of pre-entry interventions to student retention and success: May-July 2012

Dr Louise Gazeley and Dr Sarah Aynsley

A literature review funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

Undertaken by Education research centre CTLR, this is one of seven syntheses drawing on the Widening Access, Student Retention and Success (WASRS) National Programme Archive. Dissemination took place in autumn 2012.

Applied research into the experience of black and minority ethnic staff working in higher education: Dec 2009-Jan 2011

Professor Valerie Hey, Dr Mairead Dunne and Dr Sarah Aynsley

A research project funded by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) and submitted by the Centre for Higher Education Resarch and Information (CHERI), the Open University, and the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER), University of Sussex.

The aim of the project is to improve the experiences of black and minority ethnic staff in higher education through examining institutional practices and the experience of black and minority ethnic staff in three thematic areas: management practice, support frameworks and relationships, and leadership and development.

The Final Report for this project is downloadable here.

Widening participation in higher education in Ghana and Tanzania: Developing an Equity Scorecard: 2006-2010

Title: 'Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania: Developing an Equity Scorecard' - ESRC-DFID.

This three year project investigated interventions for widening participation in one public university and one private university in Ghana and Tanzania. Taking widening participation as a focus, the overall aim was to interrogate what universities are doing in relation to poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The project produced 100 Equity Scorecards on Access, Retention and Achievement.

Widening participation in higher education in Ghana and Tanzania: Impact, influence and innovation: July-Dec 2010

Professor Louise Morley

A research project funded by ESRC.

This follow-on project consolidated, deepened and intensified a research partnership established over the three years between Ghana, Tanzania and the UK. It involved inputs from colleagues in research and policy fields in Ghana and Tanzania, as well as from those working in international education more generally.

The aim was to generate impact via three Knowledge Exchange and Impact Enhancement Seminars (Ghana, Tanzania and UK). This included verifying and exchanging knowledge developed in the course of the existing project with policymakers, universities and community organisations, with a view to achieving significant policy impact.

An exploration of the career trajectories of newly qualified researchers: 2008-2009

Dr Barbara Crossouard

A research project funded by the Society for Research into Higher Education.

The career trajectories of newly qualified researchers has become a priority issue in policy agendas in many parts of the world, including the US, the EU and the UK. The study uses a mixed method approach, including an online questionnaire and interviews with a range of respondents from different disciplines, to explore potential equity issues associated with these developments.

Motivations and experiences of UK students studying abroad: Jan 2008-July 2009

Professor Mairead Dunne

Funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

A research project conducted by Professor Mairead Dunne from the Centre of International Education at the University of Sussex along with Sussex academics Professor Russell King and Professor Ron Skeldon from the Centre for Migration Studies and the Geography Department plus a research team from the University of Dundee in Scotland, including Professor Allan Findlay, Dr Fiona Smith and Dr Alistair Geddes.

Needs of employers and related organisations for information about quality and standards for higher education: 2006

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Visit the HEFCE website archive for details.