2014 Prize Winners


Dr. Ye LiuDr Ye Liu from Bath Spa University was awarded the 2014 Prize for her proposal entitled:

"When Choices Become Chances: Extending Boudon’s Secondary Effects Theory to Analyze Social Reproduction Through University Choices in Contemporary China"

Ye joined Bath Spa University as a lecturer in International Education in 2013. Prior to her post at Bath Spa, she was a lecturer of Contemporary Chinese Studies and Director of the BA programme in Chinese Studies at the University College Cork, Ireland from 2012 to 2013.

Ye was awarded a PhD in Comparative Sociology in 2011 at the Institute of Education, University of London, supported by a Nicholas Hans Scholarship and the Overseas Research Student (ORS) scholarship. Her thesis investigated the socio-­‐economic patterns of access to educational opportunities and the impact of education policy on the life chances of different social groups during China’s transition to a market economy.

Over the past ten years Ye has conducted survey studies, extensive interviews and in-­‐depth observations in East China, covering education topics relating, for instance, to higher education selection and gender participation in education. Her research has also covered other social policy issues relating to population control (the ‘One-­‐Child’ policy), residence and rural-­‐urban mobility (the Hukou), the New Rural Healthcare reform and geographical inequality. .

Ye has published in highly ranked international journals such as British Journal of Sociology of Education. She is also contracted by Springer to publish a monograph entitled: “Education, Meritocracy and Social Harmony in Contemporary China”.


Philippa SheailPhilippa Sheail from the University of Edinbugh has been awarded the 2014 Prize for her proposal entitled:

"Global gatherings and digital divides: internationalisation and the digital in higher education"

Phil is currently completing her PhD with the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. She was awarded a Principal’s Career Development Scholarship by the University to undertake her PhD research, which takes a narrative ethnographic approach to considering organisational change in relation to the expansion of online distance education in the higher education sector. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, based in the area of digital and higher education, but drawing on organisational theory, cultural geography, social theories of time, and temporal design in education.

Phil has an MA in English and Scottish literature from the University of Edinburgh and a Diploma in Computing from the Open University. She worked in university administration for twelve years, latterly as manager of the Scottish Digital Library Consortium (SDLC). Whilst working, Phil completing an MSc in E-Learning, also with the University of Edinburgh, which led to her current PhD research. She is a member of the DiCE (digital cultures and education) research group at Edinburgh, and is also tutor on the MSc in Digital Education.

The SRHE funded project will allow Phil to pursue a critical exploration of the relationship between internationalisation and the digital in higher education, considering how higher education institutions are made international (after Lin and Law 2013), both physically and digitally. The project aims to open up new ways of thinking about internationalisation and the digital for a range of academic and non-academic university practitioners.

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