Gemma Derrick

Gemma Derrick

Gemma’s research interests involve methods of research evaluation including academic notions of scientific and societal excellence in research and how these are measured.  More specifically, she is interested in research evaluation processes, frameworks and policy which includes expertise in national research audit exercises, such as the UK Research Excellence Frameworks; university rankings; wider returns from research; societal impact; bibliometrics; peer review; and the translation of research knowledge into evidence informed policymaking. She has a particular expertise in the health and medical research fields.

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Ann-Marie Houghton

Ann-Marie's interests include inclusive curriculum development, the academic and learning experiences of disabled learners, transitions issues into education and the workplace, especially for disabled graduates, from a multi-agency perspective the policy agenda of Schools that will encompass family and intergenerational learning from Faith Schools agenda.

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Janja Komljenovic

Janja Komljenovic

Janja's research interests broadly concern higher education policy and governance, political economy of higher education and the digital economy.  She is interested in the diversity and complexity of markets in and around universities, including the variety of actors that have entered the sector, their strategies, ways of working, and consequences for higher education and societies at large.  Most recently she has engaged in studying the relation between the digital economy and higher education and how they might affect each other. In this context she is also focused on the transition of graduates from universities to the labour market and the role of digital platforms in this process.

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Jan McArthur

Jan specialises in education and social justice and the nature of higher education. She is interested in inter-relationships between education and society, and between theory and practice. She has explored different interpretations of critical pedagogy, and particularly the ways in which conceptualisations of knowledge impact upon social justice. Much of her work is informed by critical theory, and she has a special interest in the work of Theodor Adorno.

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Alison Sedgwick

Alison Sedgwick

Alison is programme administrator for the Doctoral Programme in Educational Research (Higher Education). She is the primary contact if you have questions about the programme or about the application process.

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Malcolm Tight

Malcolm's specialisms include: changing patterns of academic work; the nature of the academic experience; the history and meaning of higher education; alternative modes of study; the postgraduate and research student experience; mature and 'non-traditional' students; comparative studies; patterns of participation; the role of learning in adult life.

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