Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

Higher Education Internationalisation and Mobility

Inclusion, Equalities and Innovations

This research/innovation project (HEIM) is funded by Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and focuses on how principles of equity and inclusion can be applied to internationalisation strategies and programmes in higher education, as well as on developing research and innovation capacity in this field.

Research focuses on the Roma community in Europe as a critical example of a marginalised group, at both staff and student levels. The Partnership is between three universities (Sussex, Umeå and Seville) and the Roma Education Fund (REF), based in Hungary and with offices also in Romania, Slovakia, Montenegro, and Serbia. 

HEIM is interrogating and developing the concept and practices of higher education internationalisation in Europe through questions about who is able to participate in and benefit from policy initiatives and strategic interventions, and whether certain social groups are disadvantaged or excluded from the opportunities that mobility offers. 

Via secondments, staff exchange and collaborative inquiry, the project is investigating policies, interventions and methodologies for the internationalisation of higher education in different national locations. It interrogates who is going where in terms of international mobility, their motivations and experiences. It also investigates the hidden costs of border crossings in terms of socio-political and affective considerations. Deliverables are being produced in the form of participation maps, training materials, guidelines on methodologies for investigating current internationalisation practices, networks, websites/ resource bases, guidelines on reflexive and inclusive internationalisation, working papers and academic journal articles. 

The project started in January 2015 and will run until December 2017.

Researcher's Night 2015, Spain

The Roma Education Fund is a non-governmental organization established within the framework of the Decade of Roma Inclusion by George Soros and the World Bank in 2005.Its goal is to reduce the educational achievement gap between Roma and non-Roma in Europe through the provision of scholarships to Romani students, and the support of policies and programs which ensure quality education for Roma - including the desegregation of education systems.

Over the last three years, the Roma Education Fund has run 18 events.

See an article entitled 'Helping write new success stories for the Roma people' on the European Commission's website.


Work packages

Work Package No.Work Package TitleStart dateDeliverablesEnd date
1 Internationalisation with Equity and Diversity? October 2017 Guidelines on reflexive internationalisation End November 2017
2 Debating and designing a module to encourage reflexive accounts of internationalisation September 2016

1. Co-authored journal paper
2. Training module: 'Internationalisation for All'

End October 2016
3 Network of Roma Early Stage Researchers May 2016 1. Website
2. Network
End June 2016
4 Supporting Roma Students in Higher Education March 2015 1. Journal paper
2. Research reports
April 2015
5 Researching marginalised minorities in higher education institutions: Policies and practice September 2015 Country specific briefing papers on Roma access to higer education (Sweden, Spain, UK) November 2015
6 Research methodologies training for equality and diversity June 2015 1. Research training programme for early stage Roma researchers
2. Dissemination seminar
November 2017