Higher and Further Education
The overall aim over our work is to raise the profile of higher education research and scholarship and extend its range and creativity.
We undertake research which takes as its subject higher education in the broadest sense, including links with further education, students' trajectories on leaving higher education and issues around race, religion, ethnicity, age and social class in relation to access and educational achievement.
We are also interested in work which explores student learning and extra-curricular experiences, research exploring the impact of newer pedagogical technologies including those associated with ICT, research into the governance and management of higher education, policy research, theoretical work exploring the impact of globalisation and newer meaning of higher education, as well as philosophical speculation about the purposes and nature of higher education. We have a particular emphasis on the implications of diversity and Widening Participation and are interested in delivering and supporting research which focuses on access, non/participation and student and staff experiences and identities.
We have close links with the Society for Research into Higher Education and the SRHE Access and Widening Participation Network and we also support the development of research into further and higher education through a series of initiatives including the delivery of seminars, supporting capacity building including through our connections with partner FE colleges, and through recruiting and supporting both part time and full time Doctoral students, including PhD students and those studying for the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) .