Research

I am an experienced doctoral supervisor and examiner and welcome approaches from applicants in areas relating to any of my areas of academic interest and expertise. 

My broad areas of research interest are around the areas of education, social inequality, gender, young people, and families.

Key educational interests include participation experiences of people from marginalised groups in different contexts including Higher, Further, Compulsory, and Informal Education. This includes student and staff experiences, and I am also interested in developing inclusive pedagogic approaches in support of Equality and Diversity; and the contribution of coaching and mentoring relationships. I am also interested in international Higher Education, including Nigeria, and Roma people in European countries.

I have particular interest in qualitative and feminist methodological approaches, and particularly in boundary crossings in academic work between our personal and professional knowledges, and in the researcher-participant dynamic. 

I also have a longstanding interest in people's experiences of negotiating gendered expectations of them in families, education, employment and society. 

Current and recent projects include:

Evaluation of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. Sussex Learning Network. 2017-2018. With Emily Danvers.

- Evaluating activities to support young people's university participation from areas where this is low; including engaging young people as designers of the Widening Participation Outreach they would like to experience. 

 

Access your Future. Sussex Learning Network. 2018 With Gino Graziano and Emily Danvers.

- Empowering through training young people from Widening Participation backgrounds as researchers of their own lives to tell their own stories.

Supporting International Doctoral Student Writing. UK Council for International Student Affairs. 2018. With Emily Danvers and rebecca Webb.

- Developing Academic Writing Workshops to support international doctoral students, and researching the experienced benefits of these. 

Overcoming the Barriers to Working Class Students’ Participation in Higher Education. Sussex Learning Network. 2017. With Louise Gazeley and Jacqui Shepherd.

- Researching the understandings and hopes around Higher Education of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Evaluation of the HE Champions Mentoring Programme for Looked After Children. Aimhigher South. 2016. With Louise Gazeley.

- Researching experiences of a near-peer mentoring programme to support young people leaving care into Higher Education.  

Higher Education Internationalisation and Mobility: Inclusions, Equalities and Innovations (HEIM).  Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) programme. 2015-2018. With colleagues from the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER).

- Working with partners in Spain, Sweden, and Central and Eastern Europe for research, training, skills and knowledge exchange to develop understanding of Roma participation in European Higher Education.