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Dr Emily Danvers

Post:Lecturer in Higher Education Pedagogy (Education)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE 130

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678458
International:+44 1273 678458

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BA and MA History (Cardiff); PGCert Post Compulsory Education and Training (Cardiff Metropolitan University) PhD (Sussex) Education.

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Education and co-director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER). I am module leader for the BACY module 'Childhood, Youth and Transition: Developing Critical Approaches' and input to various other programmes in the department on topics related to Higher Education, Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy, Critical Thinking, Equity and Inclusion and Sociological Theory.

Before starting a PhD and a career as a lecturer and higher education researcher, I worked in learning development in higher education at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Brunel University and the University of Brighton - teaching academic and research skills to students and working with academic staff on pedagogies for developing their students' academic skills. I have also worked as a researcher on a number of projects related to widening participation, inclusion and higher education pedagogy at Plymouth University, University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

I completed my doctoral thesis ‘Re-Thinking Criticality: Undergraduate Students, Critical Thinking and Higher Education’ in May 2016. This looked at what it means to be a student and a critical thinker in UK universities, how this is socially located and experienced differently by diverse student bodies and how ideas around the ‘critical student’ clash with neo-liberal demands to progress and perform. My other research interests include internationalisation and higher education, equity and inclusion, feminist theory and academic identity.




I am a Lecturer in Higher Education and Co-Director of  the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER).

From 2017-19 I am seconded for part of my time to the Sussex Learning Network to conduct Research and Evaluation around widening participation in Sussex, as part of the HEFCE, NCOP project.


BA History, Cardiff University

MA History, Cardiff University

PGCert (Post-Compulsory Education and Training) Cardiff Metropolitan University.

PhD, University of Sussex, (2016). 'Rethinking Criticality: Undergraduate Students, Critical Thinking and Higher Education'. 

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded 2017)