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Ms Heather McKnight

Post:Doctoral Tutor (Law)
Other posts:Research student (Law)
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Heather McKnight is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sussex Law Department, studying the relationship between Trade Unions and Students’ Unions from 1970 onwards from a critical utopian perspective. She is a co-editor for the Critical Studies Journal, on a member of the Critical Studies Research Group Steering Committee at the University of Brighton, and a member of the University of Sussex Research Cluster on Radical Temporalities. Coming from a working background in equalities, campaigning and education research, she has worked for charities, students’ unions and local government, and has also been an elected member of the NUS Scotland Women’s Committee.  She is founder of the social enterprise Magnetic Ideals which works on projects that use creative and artistic ways of bringing communities together to create social change, where she works as an independent researcher on relations between Trade Unions and Students Unions, the impact of community engagement by Universities, and the ethics and practice of student engagement with academic quality processes.  


Research Student (Law)


MA Cultural and Critical Theory


Voluntary Work and Steering Committees

2017 – Present Founder and Committee Member of CHASE Feminist Network
2016 – 2017 Co-editor Excursions Journal
2016 – 2017 Postgraduate Research Representative for Law, University of Sussex
2016 – Present Member of Politics of Temporality Research Cluster, University of Sussex
2015 – 2016 Member of Organising Committee for CSRG Resistance Conference, University of Brighton 2016
2015 – Present Member of Magnetic Ideals Steering Committee
2015 – 2016 Volunteer at Oasis Project (working with children from families affected by drug or alcohol abuse)
2014 – 2015 Organising Committee for the Practicing (in)Visibility Academic Conference, University of Brighton
2014 – Present Editorial Board for Critical Studies Journal
2013 - 2014 Organising Committee for Ontologies of Conflict Academic Conference, University of Brighton
2013 – Present Member of Critical Studies Research Group Steering Committee at University of Brighton
2010 - 2011 Elected member of National Union of Students Women’s Committee
2007 - 2010 FTSC Promotions – events management/copywriter
2006 - 2008 Member of Scottish Cross Parliamentary Group on the Contemporary Scottish Music Industry
2006 - 2008 Member of Student Footprints Steering Group, NUS Scotland
2005 - 2006 Charity Corporate Decathlon Council Organiser
2003 - 2004 Notion: Inclusive Cultural Art Workshop Facilitator for Minority Teenagers