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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) .

Case Studies

Improving the Degree Attainment of Black and Minority Ethnic Students

Jacqueline Stevenson and John Willott contributed to the seminal Equality Challenge Unit/Higher Education Academy Ethnicity, Gender and Degree Attainment Project. Along with other colleagues across the university, Jacqueline Stevenson then participated in the ECU/HEA funded national project researching differentials in degree attainments between different ethnic groups. 

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Extending conceptualisations of the diversity and value of extra-curricula activities: a cultural capital approach to graduate outcomes

Funded by the Higher Education Academy we conducted research with staff and students (via semi-structured interviews and a comprehensive survey to all full-time level 2 students) designed to identify the forms of extra-curricular activities (ECAs) students participate in and the value given to this participation by both students and staff.

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An exploration of the link between 'possible selves' and the attainment of BME students on social science courses

Funded by the HEA Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, this project was a collaboration between our University and four partner FE colleges.

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An exploration of resilience: Why do some students drop out while others in similar circumstances do not do so?

Funded by Aimhigher West Yorkshire this cross-university project explored the internal and external resources students draw on when facing threats to their well-being.

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Higher and Further Education         Contact

0113 81 23774 V.Caruana@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
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