Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)


This training module is one of the output from the Higher Education, Internationalisation and Mobility: Inclusion, Equalities and Innovations (HEIM) Project. It originates from Work Package 2 Debating and Designing a Module to Encourage Reflexive Accounts of Internationalisation.

What is the HEIM Project?

The HEIM project is based in the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) at the University of Sussex.

CHEER been commissioned by Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions to undertake a three-year research project (2015-2018) focused on the Roma community in Europe and how principles of equality and inclusion can be applied to internationalisation strategies and programmes in higher education.

Who is Involved?

CHEER is working with:

  • Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Umeå University, Sweden
  • Roma Education Fund, Hungary

Key Questions

  • What are the policies, strategies and innovations for internationalisation in the partner institutions and countries?
  • Who is/is not participating in internationalisation opportunities eg. marginalised communities in Europe such as the Roma?
  • Where are different groups of people going and why?
  • How do lived experiences of internationalisation compare with policy aspirations and implementation?
  • What are the different networks and their practices which sanction emergent or substantive border crossings eg. who is a preferred partner/mobile subject?
  • What values shape the border crossings eg. economic, social, pragmatic?
  • What are the significant dilemmas of internationalisation, eg. affective/sustainability issues involved in mobility?
  • What methodologies have been employed to research and evaluate internationalisation programmes?
  • What innovations exist to promote and support inclusive internationalisation?

How Does the Project Work?

The work of the project has been divided into six Work Packages:

  • Internationalisation with equity and diversity
  • Debating and designing a module to encourage reflexive accounts of internationalisation
  • Network of Roma Early Stage Researchers
  • Supporting Roma students in higher education
  • Researching marginalised minorities in higher education institutions: Policies and practice
  • Research methodologies training for equality and diversity

The Work Packages involve the mobility of Experienced and Early Stage Researchers across the three partner universities and the Roma Education Fund, with opportunities for collaborative publications and outputs.

Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)
Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER)