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Using research to inform higher education policy and practice

Friday, 15 April 2016

(This event has been funded by the Office for Fair Access and is therefore free for all participants)

Early career researchers make a highly important contribution to the policies and practices of widening participation, fair access, and issues of equity in relation to higher education. However bringing new research to the attention of the sector is not always an easy process: building networks and accessing key stakeholders takes time and challenging prevailing discourses or practices can be an uncomfortable experience, particularly when research is picked up by the media.

In this one day event, sponsored by the Office for Fair Access and delivered in partnership with the Society for Research in to Higher Education, we highlight how early career researchers are seeking to shape HE policy and practice, whilst addressing some of the challenges that they may face in seeking to do so.

0900-0930

Registration

0930-0950

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, Sheffield Hallam University, co-convenor Access and Widening Participation network, Society for Research into Higher Education: welcome and overview of the seminar series

Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access, OFFA: introduction to the day

0950-1020

Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute : how to influence policy

1020-1050

Dr Neil Harrison, University of the West of England: how research can inform policy

1050-11.00

Questions/discussion

11.00-11.15

Break

11.15-1230

Early Career Researchers: session 1

Sam Dent, Sheffield Hallam University, Activating Texts in Higher Education; The Case of the Student Parent Policy

Stephane Farenga, University of Hertfordshire; A collage of “transitions”: Uncovering personal histories and portraying transitions into university of non-traditional learners

Dr Constantino Dumangane, Cardiff University: British African Caribbean Men's Experiences with Stereotypes, Misrecognitions and 'Othering' from Staff and Students at Elite UK Universities.

1230-13.15

Lunch

1315-14.05

Early Career Researchers: session 2

Holly Henderson, University of Birmingham, What does ‘local’ mean? Place as contested and constitutive for the HE in FE student.

Jon Rainford, Staffordshire University: Variations on a theme: Institutional interpretations of what it means to widen access and success

14.05.-14.20

Break

14.20-15.10

Early Career Researchers: session 3

Kate Carruthers Thomas; Birmingham City University; Inside Out: Researching Gender in the Institution

Eliel Cohen, University of Sheffield: Can theory-building and narrative-building make higher education research more policy-relevant?

15.10-15.40

Dr Vikki Boliver, Durham University: 'How to get policy-makers to notice your research'

15.40-16.10

Facilitated discussion between Rachael Tooth and Lindsay Bowes on the realities of the research-commissioner relationship

16.10-16.30

Question/discussion

16.30

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Network: Access and Widening Participation
Date(s): Friday, 15 April 2016
Times: 9.00-16.30
Location: Office for Fair Access, Bristol
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