Professor Pauline Kneale

Professor Pauline Kneale

Chair

Pauline Kneale, awarded a national Teaching Fellowship in 2002, is currently Professor of Pedagogy and Enterprise, and Director of the Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) at the University of Plymouth. Previous experience includes Directing the White Rose Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning of Enterprise at the University of Leeds 2005-10, and The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, (2009-11).

Pauline established and directs PedRIO, one of the six cross Faculty University Institutes. Now in its eighth year, it has an excellent track record in developing staff as pedagogic researchers, and has developed a conference series which attracts staff from many Universities. Pauline’s research focuses on student skills, Masters level teaching, inclusive assessment and student’s experience of University. Recent research publications in collaboration with the PedRIO team and external partners have addressed: transition issues to university; the retention of non-traditional students; evaluating the role and impact of undergraduate research conferences; evaluating the impact of academic development interventions; and the position of pedagogic research in REF2014.

SRHE Committees:
Chair of the Governing Council
(All Committees)

Mr. David Palfreyman

Mr. David Palfreyman
FRSA

Honorary Treasurer

David Palfreyman, MA MBA LLB, FRSA, Bursar and Fellow, New College, Oxford, has previously worked at the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick, and has written numerous articles on university management.

He has co-edited a book for the Open University Press entitled Higher Education Management: the key elements (1996), and other books include Oxford and the Decline of the Collegiate Tradition (2000) and The State of UK Higher Education (2001). Two further books: Higher Education and the Law and How to Manage a Merger or Avoid One were published in 1998; the second edition of the former is entitled Higher Education Law (2002, Jordans). David Palfreyman and David Warner are the General Editors for the fifteen-volume Open University Press-McGraw Hill series: Managing Universities and Colleges (within which they contribute a volume on Managing Crisis) – this Series is now being translated for publication in China. With Ted Tapper, in 2005 David has co-edited a book on the politics of access to higher education in major OECD countries (Understanding Mass Higher Education: Comparative Perspectives on Access). He has also edited a book on The Oxford Tutorial (2001 & 2008 – the second edition will be available as a Chinese translation from Peking University Press) and written The Economics of Higher Education (2004). His latest work is (with Dennis Farrington) The Law of Higher Education (Oxford University Press, 2006); and his next academic project is a comparative study of elite universities as the first of a dozen volumes in a new series on comparative international higher education (2008 onwards, Series Editors: Palfreyman/Tapper/Thomas, Taylor & Francis).

David is a (Joint) Director of the UUK Management Development Course for Higher Education Administrators. He is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the AUA’s journal Perspectives, and is the Joint Editor of the journal Education and the Law. He is a non-executive Director of OXIP (the Oxford Investment Partnership) that manages c£200m of funds.

With David Warner, David established OxCHEPS (The Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies), details of which can be seen at its web-site on http://oxcheps.new.ox.ac.uk. OxCHEPS offers a ‘HE Mediation Service’, ‘UCELNET’ as a legal awareness service for HEIs/FEIs, and an online ‘HE Law Updating Service’ for the HE Law text along with an online ‘HE Law Casebook’ linking to the HE Law textbook.

SRHE Committees – Ex Officio
Member of the Governance, Management and Finance Committee

Harriet Barnes

Harriet Barnes

Council Member

Harriet Barnes is Head of Policy (Higher Education and Skills) at the British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and social sciences. She leads the Academy’s work speaking as a voice for its disciplines to government and higher education bodies such as the Office for Students and UKRI, which covers topics such as the REF, TEF and KEF, research funding and research culture, language and quantitative skills, and graduate outcomes. She has led projects on the teaching-research nexus in higher education, research impact in the humanities and social sciences, and harnessing educational research for policy and practice. She previously worked for the Quality Assurance Agency, where she was closely involved in the evaluation and development of the UK Quality Code, and for the University of Bedfordshire. Her background is in medieval Celtic studies, particularly Old Irish literature and literary culture, and studied at the University of Cambridge and University College Cork.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governance & Appointments Committee

Ibrar Bhatt, Queen’s University, Belfast

Dr Ibrar Bhatt

Council Member

Ibrar Bhatt is Senior Lecturer in Education at Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Executive Editor of the journal Teaching in Higher Education: Critical Perspectives. Much of his research is at the intersections of applied linguistics, literacy studies, and higher education. He has active research interests in writing and literacy as a social practice, digital literacies, and contemporary digital epistemologies.

These interests emerge through three recent books: His 2017 monograph ‘Assignments as Controversies’; a 2019 monograph ‘Academics Writing: The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation’ (both published by Routledge/T&F); and ‘The Epistemology of Deceit in a Postdigital Era’ (2021, Springer).

Ibrar hasn’t always worked in Universities. His career began in community learning and Further Education where he taught on Adult ESOL and Literacy courses. It is from this context that his interest in the study of literacies in education began to emerge.

Ibrar is also the co-convener of the SRHE’s Digital University Network and an Editorial Board member of the journal Post Digital Science & Education (Springer).

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Research & Development Committee

Professor Rachel Brooks

Professor Rachel Brooks

Council Member

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) at the University of Surrey. Her research interests lie in the sociology of education and include: higher education; transitions from school to university and from education to work; lifelong learning; international education; citizenship education and political participation; the impact of friends and peers on experiences of education; and education policy.

Rachel is currently leading a large cross-national project (‘EuroStudents‘), which explores how the higher education student is understood in different European countries, and by different social actors. Rachel’s most recent books are Materialities and Mobilities in Education, with Johanna Waters, published in 2017 as part of the Routledge series on the Foundations and Futures of Education, and Student Politics and Protest: International Perspectives, which was published in the Routledge/SRHE series in 2016. She is completing Education and Society: Places, Policies, Processes, which will be published by Palgrave later in 2018.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Publications Committee

Ms Andrea Cameron

Ms Andrea Cameron

Council Member

Andrea Cameron is the Head of School of Social and Health Sciences and the Intellectual Lead for Teaching and Learning at Abertay University. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has progressed a number of student experience enhancement issues in the various posts she has held since joining Abertay in 2003. Most recently, she has led strategic initiatives relating to Employability, Academic Tutoring, Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum, Staff Profiling and Accelerated Degrees.

She maintains an active role in the classroom leading a sport placement module and an institutional Elective module (‘Ethical Reasoning for a Global Society’). She has presented and published work in relation to Personal Development Planning, professional reflective practice and heightening employability, inclusion of those with protected characteristics, and closing the attainment gap for those from widening participation backgrounds. Andrea has also been the recipient of awards for her work engaging students with voluntary organisations. She is a Governor of the Dundee Education Trust, a trustee of the Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club, and an editorial panel member of the Diabetes Wellness News.

Before becoming a sport scientist, Andrea was, and remains, a registered nurse teacher. She continues to produce patient publications for a Diabetes charity. Her interests in heightening skills, competency and employability in graduates derive from her clinical nurse teaching experiences. Andrea is also a mother of one and an accomplished athlete, representing Scotland and England at long distance track events as well as cross-country.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Management & Finance Committee

Dr Jane Creaton

Professor Jane Creaton

Council Member

Jane Creaton is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Portsmouth. Her expertise is in doctoral education, particularly professional doctorates and mental health and wellbeing. She was Principal Investigator on a Office for Students funded project Postgraduate Research Student Mental Health and Wellbeing which was completed in January 2020, chairs the Vitae Working Group on Mental Health and Wellbeing and has been on the organising committee of all three UK Council of Graduate Education International Conferences on the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Researchers. She became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016 and a National Teaching Fellow in 2019.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governance & Appointments Committee

Dr Susan Harris-Huemmert

Professor Susan Harris-Huemmert

Council Member

 Susan Harris-Huemmert is Professor of International Educational Leadership and Management at Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany, where she leads an international joint Masters degree programme with Helwan University, Cairo. Previously she held research and administrative positions at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer and the Universities of Würzburg and Bamberg. Her doctorate, which she completed at the University of Oxford (Department of Education), investigated the role of experts in a large German evaluation of Educational Science in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Susan’s research focusses on international higher education systems, the governance and quality of higher education and in particular the management of higher education infrastructure. Before taking up her professorship, she was principal investigator of a collaborative BMBF-funded research project examining the career trajectories of academic managers (see www.kawum-online.de). As co-convenor of the working committee on higher education within the German Society for Evaluation (DeGEval), she has published numerous books on subjects such as digitalisation in teaching practice, student heterogeneity, third space academics, and evaluation practice (Waxmann & UVW).

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Governance & Appointments Committee

Dr Emily Henderson

Dr Emily Henderson

Council Member

Emily Henderson joined the University of Warwick in December 2015 as Assistant Professor of International Education and Development and course leader of MA Global Education and International Development. Prior to this she completed an ESRC PhD studentship at UCL Institute of Education. She is co-convenor of SRHE International Research and Researchers Network and founder and co-convenor of AMIN – Academic Mobilities and Immobilities Network at Warwick. She is author of Gender Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning and Tracing Gender in Higher Education (Palgrave, 2015) and co-editor of Starting with Gender in International Higher Education Research (Routledge, forthcoming). Emily is co-editor of the academic blog Conference Inference: Blogging the World of Conferences, which was launched in 2017.

Emily’s research, which is inherently international in nature, lies in the areas of gender and higher education, particularly the production of knowledge about gender; the academic profession, academic mobility and conferences; poststructuralist and feminist theory and research methodology. Emily’s research projects include a 5-year project on gender and higher education in the state of Haryana, India, and ‘In Two Places at Once’, a study of the impact of caring responsibilities on academics’ conference participation. She previously worked in Togo, Senegal and India, and also has strong links to France, South Africa and the US; she speaks fluent French and Hindi at an advanced level.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Research & Development Committee

Professor Anna Mountford-Zimdars

Council Member

Anna Mountford-Zimdars is a Professor at the University of Exeter and a Principal Fellow of Advance HE. Anna set up a new Centre for Social Mobility at the University which she directs jointly with her practice colleague, the Head of Widening Participation at Exeter.

Anna’s research interests lie in the sociology of (higher) education and include: equality; higher education; pedagogies; university admissions and contextual admissions; international student mobility and scholarships; international education; and education policy.

Anna won the SRHE newer researcher prize in 2012 which led to the publication of her monograph comparing university admissions in the US and England. Anna has served as a Widening Participation expert on two national Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes (TEF) panels, she serves on the Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) academic advisory group and she is an associate editor of ‘Research Papers in Education’.

For a full publication profile, please visit https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/staff/profile/index.php?web_id=Anna_Mountford-Zimdars  

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Publications Committee

Jacqueline Stevenson

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson

Council Member

Jacqueline Stevenson is the former Director of the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds. She is a sociologist of education with interests in equity and diversity, widening participation, and student success. Her research focusses in particular on the differential higher education experiences of students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, religious students, international students, and refugees and other forced migrants. She draws on the theoretical lenses of resilience, belonging, mattering, time, temporality and future selves. She was previously Head of Research in the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University and Professor of Higher Education at Leeds Beckett University.

SRHE Committees:
Chair of the Research & Development Committee
Member of the Management & Finance Committee

Professor Gina Wisker

Professor Gina Wisker

Council Member

Gina Wisker, former Head of the University of Brighton’s Centre for Learning & Teaching, Professor of Higher Education & Contemporary Literature teaches and researches in learning, teaching, postgraduate study supervision and academic writing. With 25 books (some edited) and over 140 articles published including: The Postgraduate Research Handbook (2001, 2008) The Good Supervisor (2005, 2012,); Getting Published (2015). Gina also specialises in Twentieth-century women’s writing, postcolonial, Gothic & popular fictions: Key Concepts in Postcolonial Writing (2007) Horror (2005), Margaret Atwood, an Introduction to Critical Views of Her Fiction (2012) Contemporary Women’s Gothic Fiction (2016).Gina has supervised 31 PhD students to completion and examined 40. She chaired the Heads of Education Development Group, SEDA Scholarship &Research committee, and the Contemporary Women’s Writing association and is chief editor of the SEDA journal Innovations in Education and Teaching International, dark fantasy online journal Dissections and poetry magazine Spokes. Gina is an HEA Principal Fellow, National Teaching Fellow & SFSEDA.

SRHE Committees:
Member of the Publications Committee

In accordance with good governance guidelines, the Society Trustees have determined that there shall be a Governing Council of the Society, responsible for general oversight of the Society’s affairs.

The members of Governing Council are the “Trustees” of the Society and therefore have the duties and responsibilities ascribed to all such “Trustees” under all relevant English Company Law and all relevant requirements of the Charities Commission.

Governing Council: Terms of reference

Governing Council shall

2.1.1 determine the general character of the Society’s activities;

2.1.2 approve the topics of annual and other conferences organised by or in conjunction with the Society;

2.1.3 approve both the academic and the financial relationship between the Society and the publishers of its book imprints and journals;

2.1.4 approve the conferment of all and any awards made by the Society which will include all forms of Fellowships and all Prizes as the Society may offer;

2.1.5 review and approve on an annual basis the services and benefits to be provided to members and the level of subscriptions to be charged;

2.1.6 establish financial procedures to safeguard the assets of the Society, to ensure its viability and the achievement of its aims;

2.1.7 approve the Annual Accounts for presentation to the Annual General Meeting and recommend on the appointment of Auditors;

2.1.8 appoint, by consensus or majority vote, the President of the Society (if such a role is to be filled), Officers of the Society, and the Chairs and members of committees and groups, as prescribed below;

2.1.9 maintain oversight of the conduct of members of the Society, in relation to their conduct to one another, to the Society’s employees and volunteers;

2.1.10 be responsible for determining that any member is a fit and proper person to  remain a member of the Society;

2.1.11  where appropriate and necessary, to invoke the procedures for expulsion of a member set out in the Articles of Association;

2.1.12 at its discretion undertake such other tasks, consonant with the Society’s aims and the Governing Council’s legal and financial responsibilities.

(Extract from the Bye-laws of the Society for Research into Higher Education 2021)