Eloise Symonds

PhD student

Research Overview

I'm interested in the tensions between power relations, the student experience and marketisation in higher education, specifically universities in the UK. My research uses theories of power and theories of discourse to critically examine the relationships students build with university representatives. I'm using a mixture of Critical Discourse Studies and semi-structured interviews for examining power differentials, looking at linguistic discourse as well as semiotics in both student/staff perceptions and physical spaces in universities and how these relate to both power differentials and marketisation in order to examine the impact on the student experience, including learning approaches, engagement, motivation and identity.

My research is fully funded by the ESRC.