Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)

News Archive: 2014/15

July 2015

1. CHEER and the Doctoral School were delighted to welcome visitors from the Inspiring Seed Educational Program, Taiwan on the 30th July at the University of Sussex. 

The educational group was composed of eight undergraduate students from Taiwan who have been providing  educational services to a primary school in Taiwan. In so doing, they have designed a series of courses and activities - such as art classes and medical science classes - to help their students experience diversified lives and gain knowledge which cannot be learned from textbooks. The group also encourage and accompany students to voluntary activities within their communities.

The visit to Sussex was in order to discuss similar projects in the UK.

Inspiring Seed Educational Programme, Taiwan: July 2015

2. Dr Barbara Crossouard and Professor Louise Morley presented research findings from their recently completed British Council-funded project on women in higher education leadership in South Asia on 13th July at the Society for Research into Higher Education's (SRHE) seminar: 'Climbing the Greasiest of Poles? Women and HE Leadership in Developing Countries' in London.

Their paper, Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Rejection, refusal, reluctance, re-visioning [PPTX 1.24MB] was one of three presentations. The other two were: 
- Performing and Defying Gender: Women's leadership experiences in African HE (Dr Ane Turner Johnson, Rowan University, New Jersey, USA) 
- Leadership Positions in HE: Where are women academics? (Dr Saeeda Shah, University of Leicester and Dr Victoria Showunmi, UCL Institute of Education). You can find details on the SRHE website.

The event was attended by a range of organisations including the Commonwealth Universities Association. It also received media coverage in the Times Higher Education.

Professor Louise Morley at an SRHE seminar in July 2015  Dr Barbara Crossouard at an SRHE seminar in July 2015

June 2015

1. CHEER was delighted to welcome Briony Lipton - a Gender Studies PhD candidate in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia on 22 June. She had lunch with Louise Morley, Valerie Hey, Emily Danvers, Sarah Leaney and Rose Kiisweko to discuss common interests in gender and higher education research. Briony's PhD research explores gender inequality in the neoliberal university, and what the role of feminism/s might be in understanding the ongoing paucity of academic women in leadership in Australian higher education. She said that she had been greatly influenced by CHEER research on micropolitics, leadership, and gender inequality in academia.

Briony Lipton Lunch: June 2015

2. CHEER hosted the 'Social Inclusion in Education and Social Care' course for the Doctoral School, University of Sussex on the 23rd June. Speakers included Professor Louise Morley, Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith and Dr Rachel Burr. The course was attended by social science doctoral students from around the University and the CHEER/ HEIM visitors from the Roma Education Fund. It engaged with concepts and theories that provided some explanatory power for understanding social inclusion e.g. intersectionality, misrecognition, social capital, sociology of absences and southern theory. It also focused on methodological approaches, challenges and processes involved in researching social inclusion e.g. power relations, accessing marginalised communities, representation, and situated knowledge.

May 2015

Professor Valerie Hey presented Affects, the Permanent Audition, the Academy: Notes on the contemporary psychic life of feminism [PPTX 419.61KB] at a meeting of the Department for Education at the University of Plymouth on 6 May.

April 2015

1. British Sociological Association - Education researchersCHEER members delivered a symposium on The Neoliberal Academy at the British Sociological Association conference in Glasgow in April. Presenters included Professor Valerie Hey, Dr Rebecca Webb, Professor John Pryor, and doctoral researchers Sarah Leaney and Emily Danvers.
Individual papers were presented by doctoral researcher, Francesca Salvi, on in-school pregnancy in Mozambique, and by Professor Valerie Hey and Dr Rebecca Webb on the role of affects in the experience of doctoral supervision.

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2. Professor Louise Morley made a keynote presentation Lost Leaders: Women in the Global Academy [PPTX 1.70MB] at The Sixth Annual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium, Inclusion not Exclusion: Comparative Educational Perspectives at the Heart of Sustainable Development in Dubai.The event was attended by policymakers, NGOs, academics, educators and researchers interested in comparative education.

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3. CHEER has been awarded a grant from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) to develop and enhance Impact Case Studies for 3 of its research areas:

  • Women in Higher Education Leadership 
  • Internationalisation and Equity in Higher Education, 
  • Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania 

Dr Francesca Salvi will be working on this project until 31 July 2015 developing strategy, collecting and collating evidence and seeking to enhance the research impact of the three areas.

For further information, contact: F.Salvi@sussex.ac.uk

March 2015

1. Professor Louise Morley made the keynote presentation Women in higher education leadership: Rejection, refusal, reluctance, re-visioning [PPTX 643.63KB] at the Delivering Equality: Women and Success Summit on the 9th March at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. The summit brought together academics, policymakers, NGOs and the private sector to debate and seek policy solutions to the issue of women's under-representation in leadership in higher education.

2. Professor Louise Morley was a panelist and Chair for the SPRU Gender InSite Conference International Approaches to Support Gender Equality in Research Careers, University of Sussex on the 24th March. The event provided opportunities to exchange ideas, experiences, concerns and good practice, which were mapped using live graphic recording. Activities included group discussions over lunch (using a World Café format), followed by a panel discussion.
Gender InSITE is an international campaign to raise awareness among decision-makers on the gender and science, innovation, technology and engineering (SITE) dimensions of international development. The event was attended by people working in academia, industry, NGOs and policy.  

3. CHEER member, Dr Alison Phipps - along with the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth's Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, Elsie Whittington - has developed a workshop for university managers, staff and students on student 'lad culture' and its links to sexual harrassment and violence. It covers definitions of ‘lad culture’, recent NUS research findings on the prevalence of sexual harassment and violence amongst students, and an overview of what is currently being done to tackle the problem, as well as suggestions for ways forward.
The workshop was piloted with staff and students from the Universities of Bath and Bath Spa on 20th March with 100 percent of participants saying they would recommend it to others and 91 percent saying the workshop had equipped them with ideas about how to tackle ‘lad culture’ and sexual violence.
If you would like Alison and Elsie to deliver this workshop to a group, contact a.e.phipps@sussex.ac.uk.
See more detials on Alison's blog.

February 2015

1. Professor Louise Morley and Dr Barbara Crossouard launched the findings of a British Council-funded study on women in higher education leadership in South Asia at the high profile 'Global Education Dialogue' in New Delhi, India in February. The conference, entitled Women and Leadership: The Absent Revolution, was attended by ministers, academics, public and private sectors, and NGOs from a range of countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the UK and the USA.

Louise and Barbara were joined at the conference by CHEER Visiting Professor and colleague, Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe from Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka, who was the lead discussant for the research findings.

- Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Full Report [PDF 1.97MB]
- Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Executive Summary [PDF 312.29KB]
- Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Rejection, refusal, reluctance, revisioning [PPTX 939.90KB].

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2. Professor Louise Morley visited the National Academy of Science and Technology in Kathmandu, Nepal in February where she presented Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Rejection, refusal, reluctance, revisioning [PPTX 1.06MB] and had meetings about the findings of a British Council-funded research project on women in higher education leadership in South Asia. The seminar was attended by academics, NGOs and colleagues from relevant ministries, including Mr Ganesh Shah from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Professor Morley was delighted for the opportunity to also meet with women faculty and doctoral students and hear their views on the research and on leadership in higher education.

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November 2014

1. Professor Louise Morley presented Lost Leaders: Women in the Global Academy [PPTX 607.88KB] as part of a roundtable on 'Women and Leadership in Higher Education' at Oxford Brookes University on 28 November. Other participants included colleagues from other UK universities, HEFCE, the Equality Challenge Unit and Lord Davies' Women on Boards Steering Group.

2. Professor Louise Morley was invited to present Lost Leaders: Women in the Global Academy [PPTX 2.17MB] at a seminar organised by the Women and Science Group at University College, Dublin on 20 November.




3. Professor Louise Morley made the keynote presentation Lost Leaders: Women in the Global Academy [PPTX 2.33MB] at the OECD's high-level seminar, Gender, Law and Public Policy: Trends in the Middle East and North Africa on 17/18 November in Amman, Jordan. The event, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, was attended by Ministers and policymakers from across the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Jordan1 Jordan2  

October 2014

1. PhD researcher and CHEER Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant (GTRA), Tanja Jovanovic, was invited to join the panel 'Migration and Mobility: Anti-Gypsyism' at the 'Gypsy, Roma and Traveller National Symposium 2014' run by the Romani Cultural & Arts Company on 20 October in Cardiff, Wales. The panel was chaired by Dr Adrian Marsh, Independent Researcher in Romani Studies at the International Romani Studies Network and Senior Programme Manager, Roma Early Childhood Development Programme.

NOTE: Tanja is on the far left of the photograph

  Tanja in Cardiff 2

2. Professor Louise Morley presented Lost Leaders: Women in the global academy [PPTX 2.22MB] at the invitational seminar 'Gender and Higher Education' at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 15 October 2014. The seminar was part of a Swedish Research Council-funded network with participants from Greece, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK.

Professor Louise Morley presents in Gothenburg, Sweden, 15 October 2014

3. CHEER has been awarded a prestigious research grant from Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) for a three-year project on Higher Education Internationalisation and Mobility: Inclusions, equalities and innovations which will focus on Roma participation in higher education opportunities in Europe. The project will start in January 2015.

September 2014

1. Professor Louise Morley and doctoral researcher, Emily Danvers, presented papers at the British Educational Research Association Conference (BERA), Institute of Education, 23-25 September. Download/view their presentations:

Emily Danvers: Can critical thinking and sexism co-exist? [PPTX 760.27KB]
Louise Morley: Impact, epistemic and social closures? [PPTX 1.03MB]

Louise's presentation formed part of the symposium 'Dumbing down or making a difference: The relationship between feminist theory and educational policy' chaired by Professor Pat Mahony, University of Roehampton. Other papers in the symposium were presented by Professor Becky Francis and Louise Archer, King's College, London.

BERA 2014  Emily presenting 'Can Critical thinking and sexism co-exist?'

2. Professor Valerie Hey and her former doctoral student, Dr Rebecca Webb (now a Lecturer within the Department of Education at Sussex), presented a paper ‘The Psycho-Social Orders of Supervision: Ignorance and Ignominy’ at the one-day symposium: Shame and the Act of Writing, University of Warwick: 19 Sept 2014 [PDF 191.21KB]. This was an interdisciplinary event comprising cultural and English scholars.

3. Louise Morley was a Visiting Professor at the Tun Fatimah Hashim Centre for Women and Leadership, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia, where she conducted research with Dr Madeline Berma and Dr Bahiyhah Dato' Hj Abdul Hamid. The findings will be published in a chapter entitled 'Managing Modern Malaysia: Women in Higher Education Leadership', in, Eggins, H. (2015) (Ed) The Changing Role of Women in Higher Education: Academic and Leadership Challenges. Dordrecht: Springer Publications.