Professor Paul Ashwin

Professor

Profile

I am a Professor of Higher Education and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education. My research is focused on the educational role of higher education. I am interested in how curricula in higher education can be designed in ways that help to transform students' understanding of themselves and the world. I am also interested in the role of policies in shaping the education offered by higher education institutions. The kinds of questions that I explore in this research include: What counts as high quality teaching and learning in higher education? How is this positioned in policies and practices? How do we research and theorise these competing notions of quality? How do we enhance the quality of education in ways that also support greater societal equality?

Selected Publications

Beyond the dichotomy of students-as-consumers and personal transformation: What students want from their degrees and their engagement with knowledge
Ashwin, P., Goldschneider, B., Agrawal, A., Smit, R. 10/10/2023 In: Studies in Higher Education. 12 p.
Journal article

The educational purposes of higher education: Changing discussions of the societal outcomes of educating students
Ashwin, P. 31/12/2022 In: Higher Education. 84, 6, p. 1227-1244. 18 p.
Journal article

Understanding educational development in terms of the collective creation of socially-just curricula
Ashwin, P. 30/11/2022 In: Teaching in Higher Education. 27, 8, p. 979-991. 13 p.
Journal article

Undergraduate students’ knowledge outcomes and how these relate to their educational experiences: a longitudinal study of chemistry in two countries
Ashwin, P., Blackie, M., Pitterson, N., Smit, R. 5/11/2023 In: Higher Education. 86, 5, p. 1065-1080. 16 p.
Journal article

Transforming University Education: A manifesto
Ashwin, P. 17/09/2020 London : Bloomsbury. 176 p. ISBN: 9781350157231.
Book

Reflective Teaching in Higher Education
Ashwin, P., Boud, D., Calkins, S., Coate, K., Hallett, F., Light, G., Luckett, K., MacLaren, I., Martensson, K., McArthur, J., McCune, V., McLean, M., Tooher, M. 20/02/2020 Second Edition ed. London : Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781350084667, 9781350084674.
Book

Locating Social Justice in Higher Education Research
McArthur, J., Ashwin, P. 19/03/2020 London : Bloomsbury. 232 p. ISBN: 9781350086753.
Book

Quality in Undergraduate Education: How Powerful Knowledge Disrupts Inequality
McLean, M., Abbas, A., Ashwin, P.W.H. 28/12/2017 London : Bloomsbury. 272 p. ISBN: 9781474214490. Electronic ISBN: 9781474214506.
Book

Conceptualising transformative undergraduate experiences: a phenomenographic exploration of students’ personal projects
Ashwin, P.W.H., Abbas, A., McLean, M. 12/2016 In: British Educational Research Journal. 42, 6, p. 962-977. 16 p.
Journal article

How does completing a dissertation transform undergraduate students’ understandings of disciplinary knowledge?
Ashwin, P.W.H., Abbas, A., McLean, M. 2017 In: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 42, 4, p. 517-530. 14 p.
Journal article

Researcher creations?: the positioning of policy texts in higher education research
Ashwin, P., Smith, K. 06/2015 In: Higher Education. 69, 6, p. 1007-1018. 12 p.
Journal article

How do students’ accounts of sociology change over the course of their undergraduate degrees?
Ashwin, P., Abbas, A., McLean, M. 02/2014 In: Higher Education. 67, 2, p. 219-234. 16 p.
Journal article

The meanings of student engagement: implications for policies and practices
Ashwin, P., Mcvitty, D. 2015 In: The European higher education area. Cham : Springer p. 343-359. 17 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

How often are theories developed through empirical research into higher education?
Ashwin, P. 12/2012 In: Studies in Higher Education. 37, 8, p. 941-955. 15 p.
Journal article

Analysing teaching-learning interactions in higher education : accounting for structure and agency.
Ashwin, P. 02/2009 London : Continuum. 174 p. ISBN: 9780826494184.
Book

Using TEF 2023 for educational enhancement
Invited talk

The Regulation of Higher Education in England: The Case of the Office for Students
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Reflective teaching and the educational purposes of higher education
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Working with policy makers
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The role of assessment in a transformative university education
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Reflective teaching and the role of research on teaching
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Reflective teaching and the educational purposes of higher education
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Measuring the quality of university education: beyond the nonsense of university rankings
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The Politicisation of the Regulation of Higher Education in England: The Case of the Office for Students
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Navigating the higher education landscape: theories and methods
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What is a university education for?
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Transforming University Education
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Phenomenographic Analysis
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Navigating the higher education landscape
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Utrecht University Utrecht, the Netherlands
Visiting an external academic institution

Reflective teaching and the educational purposes of higher education
Invited talk

Transforming University Education after the Pandemic
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Graduating into a global pandemic: the experiences of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering graduates
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What is a university education for?
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Becoming a first year university student
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Measuring the quality of university education: beyond the nonsense of university rankings
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Navigating the higher education landscape
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How can the TEF Enhance Teaching Provision and Meet the Needs of Students
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Transforming university education: The role of quality and excellence initiatives
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Student participation and university education after the pandemic
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Reflections on what Emerging Issues IV tells us about the Purposes of Educational Development
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Transforming University Education: An overview
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Thinking Beyond the Crises: what is a university education for?
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Transforming University Education after the Pandemic
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How teaching, learning and assessment without knowledge undermine the educational role of higher education
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Understanding Knowledge, Curriculum and Student Agency
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The role of curriculum in becoming a first year university student
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Transforming University Education after the Pandemic
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Too many graduates? Perpetuating or challenging inequalities
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Transforming University Education: challenging myths about good teaching
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Transforming University Education: challenging myths about good teaching
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Rethinking Graduateness? How students’ relations to knowledge change over the course of their Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Degrees
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Does it matter what you study? Educational Reasearch seminar series
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Higher Education (Journal)
Editorial activity

Higher Education Close-Up 5
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

  • Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation
  • Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education