Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

Events Archive: 2014/15

Date: 15th July 2015
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Room 203, Fulton
Speakers: Dr Annabel Tremlett - University of Portsmouth, Dr Aidan McGarry - University of Brighton, Lucie Fremlova - University of Brighton

Title: Celebrations and Challenges: The Roma Community in the UK

Promo:       CHEER Panel Discussion Promo [PDF 760.46KB] 


Climbing the greasiest of poles? Women and HE leadership in developing countries

Hosted by the Society for Research into Higher Eduction (SRHE)

Date: 13th July 2015
Time: 11.30am-3.45pm
Venue: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

Presentation from Professor Louise Morley and Dr Barbara Crossouard, CHEER, University of Sussex Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Rejection, Refusal, Reluctance, Revisioning


Date: 22nd June 2015CHEER / Gender Studies research seminar with Dr Shakila Singh
Time: 3-4.30pm
Venue: Room 104, Fulton
Speaker: Dr Shakila Singh, Senior Lecturer, School of of Education, University of kwaZulu Natal

Title: Addressing female students' fear of sexual assault at a South African university residence

This seminar is hosted jointly by the Centre for Gender Studies and CHEER.

Given the violent contexts within which South African women live, it is not surprising that fear of sexual violence is widespread - and almost exclusively expressed by women. University campuses are not outside these narratives, and sexual assault is increasingly recognised as a critical and pervasive problem.

Women’s movements and activities at university are restricted by fear, limiting their potential to participate fully and experience campus life positively. University residences may be construed as both public and private spaces simultaneously. In the South African context of women’s vulnerability to gender and sexual violence, Dr Singh draws on the preliminary findings of a larger project focused on creating safe learning environments at universities by addressing gender-based violence and also data generated through an online survey to understand the extent and nature of women’s fear of sexual assault on campus residences.

Seminar Promo:       CHEER Seminar Promo: 22june2015 [DOC 142.50KB] 


Date: 11th June 2015
Time: 4-5.30pm
Venue: Room 155, Jubilee
Speaker: Dr Paul Wakeling, Senior Lecturer & Dr Sally Hancock, Research Associate, Department of Education, University of York

Title: Widening access to postgraduate study and the professions

This seminar is hosted jointly by the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) and CHEER.

Dr.s Wakeling and Hancock examine gender differences in application to, and enrolment in, postgraduate education using extensive data from a study of six research-intensive universities in northern England.

While there has been extensive research and debate about gender, attainment and participation in compulsory and undergraduate education, far less attention has been given to postgraduate level. This is despite substantial growth in the volume and significance of postgraduate education. Scholars have concentrated principally on women's underrepresentation among STEM doctoral researchers, neglecting enrolment in masters degrees and other postgraduate qualifications by gender.

Focusing on UK students, Dr.s Wakeling and Hancock present findings from three large and novel datasets created for the project. These cover all postgraduate applicants in 2013 and 2014; surveys of postgraduate students in the six universities in 2014 and 2015; and surveys on the post-graduation experiences of first degree alumni from 2009 and 2012. They also consider the implications of these findings for gender inequalities in the labour market, and for higher education policy.

Seminar Promo:       CHEER/CTLR Seminar Promo: 11june2015 [DOC 142.00KB] _____________________________________________________________________

Date: 2nd March 2015
Time: 5-6.30pm
Venue: Room 104, Fulton
Speaker: Professor Yvette Taylor, Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University

Title: Enterprising, enduring, enabling? The entrepreneurial university: Engaging publics, intersecting impacts

The entrepreneurial university - and indeed the entrepreneurial researcher - has been tasked with making an impact.Professor Yvette Taylor Drawing upon the recent collection, The Entrepreneurial University: Engaging Publics, Intersecting Impacts (2014), Professor Taylor raises questions about who becomes the proper academic subject, fitting-in and getting ahead, and what falls off the agenda? She will also consider the often uneasy measures of 'public sociology' and the ethics and possibilities of engagement, counter-publics and episodic politics. Professor Taylor will present professional-personal reflections on research experience - as well as interpretative accounts of navigating fieldwork and broader publics, politics and practices of (dis)engagement, through a queer feminist lens. Such concerns are practically related to the (in)accessibility of research practices, audiences, ‘users’ and communities in and beyond ‘The Entrepreneurial University’.

Seminar Promo:          CHEER Seminar Promo: 2march2015 [DOC 142.50KB] 


Date: 8th December 2014
Time: 5-6.30pm
Venue: Room 104, Fulton
Speakers: Sharon Gewirtz, Aniko Horvath and Alan Cribb, Department of Education and Professional Studies, King’s College London

Title: Reconstructing academic identities: Lessons from life history

This seminar will be based on 20 life history interviews with social science and humanities academics from a range of backgrounds and institutional settings. Sharon, Aniko and Alan will use the data to explore relationships between personal and professional identities against the background of the policy and institutional changes that have coincided with participants’ career histories. In their analysis, the trio hopes to unpack some of the diversity of ‘value discourses’ within the participants’ narratives, and highlight the gaps and collisions between vocational and institutional norms. In particular, how fully participants’ lives and accounts are captured by ideas - such as the academic entrepreneur, or the neoliberal academic subject. They will also draw out some of the implications for the construction and enactment of contemporary academic professionalism.

Seminar Promo:         CHEER Seminar Series Promo: 8dec2014 [DOC 141.00KB]
* On the speakers' request, this seminar was not recorded


Date: 24th November 2014
Time: 12-1.30pm
Venue: Room 104, Fulton
Speaker: Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe, University of Kelaniya

Title: See no evil, hear no evil and report no evil: Sexual and gender-based violence in Sri Lankan universities

Sri Lankan universities have been identified as specific sites of gender inequality / inequity in which sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) takes place (with institutional license in the case of ragging). However, as in many other contexts, it remains a hidden practice; its incidence under-reported and its perpetrators under-penalized, despite the penal code and other laws that reinforce its gravity as a criminal act. Attempts at redress - legal or otherwise - are posited as being coloured by ideological and sub-cultural norms, structural biases, societal politics and institutional micropolitics that may influence, delay or divert possible means of justice and reparation.
Relying on a number of studies as well as her own research and experiences, Professor Wickramasinghe will highlight the problems and specificities of SGBV within Sri Lankan universities, including notions of subculture and impunity, institutional inertia and backlash, as well as the gap between administrative sanction and action when it comes to redress. She will also discuss institutional and personal challenges, achievements and obstructions related to addressing the issue.

Seminar Promo:         CHEER Seminar Series Promo: 24nov2014 [DOC 142.50KB]

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Date: 27th October 2014
Time: 5-6.30pm
Venue: Room 104, Fulton
Speaker: Helen Gunter, Professor of Education Policy, University of Manchester

Title: Developing intellectual histories in educational research

Professor Gunter has been working on an intellectual history of school leadership for at least two decades, reporting on this in her doctoral thesis as well as various publications since. During 2014, she will continue to develop this work for a research monograph for Bloomsbury to be published in 2015.

In this seminar, Professor Gunter will share the intellectual journey she has taken developing an approach to intellectual histories, and how she has shaped and developed her approach for her latest text. She will discuss different approaches to intellectual histories, and how she has developed her own approach to recognise the interplay between agency and structure within knowledge and production, and the processes through which knowledge production takes place.

Seminar Promo:           Seminar Series Promo: 27oct2014 


Date: 9th October 2014
Time: 2-3.30pm 
Venue: Room 203, Fulton 
Speaker: Dr Steinunn Helga Lárusdóttir, University of Iceland

Title: Is Iceland the promised land for feminism?

Iceland has been ranked as a world leading country in gender equality for years. For a long time, women´s rights have been secured by legislature and the country is frequently cited as a model for the political empowerment of women. Iceland has held the top spot for the fifth consecutive year on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report. Formal and legal equality should, however, not been seen as synonymous with real equality where women and men enjoy equal status, opportunities and power.

In this seminar some of the main strengths in the area of gender equality in Iceland will be highlighted, as well as weaknesses that have been acknowledged and are presently being addressed by Icelandic authorities.

Seminar Promo:           CHEER Seminar Series Promo: 9oct2014 
Seminar Presentation: Dr Steinunn Helga Larusdottir: Is Iceland the promised land for feminism?