SRHE Accolades are range of awards recognising the contributions of our members to the field of Higher Education, to the academic community, and to SRHE itself. These awards, which are in their first year, recognise a range of exemplary work by members at multiple career stages and in a variety of professional roles.

Accolade Recipients 2023

We are delighted to award the following SRHE Accolade across the categories of Services to the Society, Contribution to the field and Academic citizenship/services to the academic community.

Patrick Baughan is Head of Education at The University of Law, where he leads a new department, setting up innovative programmes and contributing to key institutional initiatives. He previously worked at Advance HE as a Senior Learning Advisor and Assessment Lead, supporting UK and international higher education institutions about all aspects of pedagogy, including learning, teaching and assessment, and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). He has also held positions at UCL, City University (London) and the University of Leicester. His academic background lies in psychology and sociology, but he has been working in the fields of educational development and research for many years. His publications span areas including curriculum design, assessment, academic integrity, sustainability, and the development of newer researchers. His PhD focused on sociologists’ experiences of and views about sustainability in higher education. He is a Network Convener for the European Educational Research Association (EERA) and cofounded the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Network for the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE).

Professor M. Burke PhD MBA DMS MA is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Professor of Management at the Faculty of Business and Digital Technologies, University of Winchester where she held the role of Faculty Head of Research from 2015-2022. She is now a member of the University’s Centre for Information Rights where her research expertise and interests include the application of digital technology to social systems including areas relating to ethics and technology.

During a very long career in higher education, Professor Burke has supported, mentored, supervised and examined many PGR and PhD students. She has produced over 200 outputs, ranging from books, chapters and peer reviewed journal papers to international conference papers. She has experience of leading and collaborating with students on research projects both as Principal and Co Investigator on various projects, having been successfully awarded several grants valued in total over 1.2 million.

Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh is an award-winning Senior Lecturer at the Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Australia. In 2020, Dr Singh received an international teaching recognition from Advance HE, UK as a Fellow (FHEA). In 2018, Dr Singh received two La Trobe University Teaching Awards and Best Presenter Award at the Global Higher Education Forum, Malaysia. Dr Singh’s research expertise is in higher education with a particular interest exploring international students’ lived experiences of academic success, employability, career aspirations and learning experiences. Dr Singh also explores lived experiences of skilled migrants and international academics. Dr Singh has published numerous articles in high impact journals and has presented at various national and international higher education conferences. In 2021, Dr Singh was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Malaysian National Higher Education Research Institute.

Professor Ian McNay is a Professor Emeritus for Higher Education and Management in the School of Education at the University of Greenwich. Ian joined the University of Greenwich in 1997 as head of the former School of Postcompulsory Education and Training and thereafter re-appointed as a professor. He has since pursued research and publications, taught at graduate level, supervised research students and mentored colleagues. His previous roles are a mix of academic, managerial and advisory, and include leading on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes in Mexico, Indonesia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Spain and countries in between. He has taught in three languages and been published in six, with over 200 outputs in all. He edited Research into Higher Education Abstracts for the Society/Taylor and Francis for over 15 years.

Ian is a current member of the SRHE Publications Committee, has previously served as a Member of the SRHE Governing Council and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2011. He has also previously served on the SRHE Research and Development Committee,  and has very often acted as a referee and reviewer on the Society’s award and conference panels. Ian also proposed and led a project for the Society, funded by ESRC, on the impact of the Dearing Report with a series of research-based seminars which resulted in an edited book, one of three under the SRHE imprint – Beyond Mass Higher Education: Building on experience, 2005.

Christine has been working in the UK higher education sector for over 20 years. She is also Chinese by ethnic origin and was an international student herself. She has always been highly committed to help and support international students, and aim to provide them with a more inclusive and equal learning environment. She has a sustained reputation as a strong advocate of EDI. Christine was among one of the first in the country designing and developing a transition website to support the transition of both domestic and international students into Higher Education. Her doctoral research explored specifically the transition of Chinese direct entry students into the UK. EDI and inclusiveness are also one of her main research interests. She has conducted research projects and published high impact papers in this area. Additionally, Christine mentors and supports new and inexperienced colleagues regarding EDI in higher education.

Tom is a Reader and Programme Director of the MA and PGDip in Higher Education. With a background in the humanities and social sciences, his research focuses on global disparities in access to opportunity and resources in higher education and the relationship between higher education, society, the individual and the state. As PI, Tom has led research projects funded by the British Academy, the AHRC, the GCRF and Arts Council England.

Tom is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has served as an external examiner or expert validator at University College London (UCL), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Bath Spa University, The University of Chichester and KM Conservatory, Chennai. He chairs the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) Syria Programme Academic Development Steering Group, which supports displaced, persecuted and at risk Syrian academics to continue their academic work.

Kathleen M. Quinlan, PhD PFHEA is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of Kent, UK. She has held leadership or academic roles at the University of Oxford, Cornell University, and the Australian National University and has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, two books, and 10 book chapters. Her research is in the areas of learning, teaching, assessment, and student engagement in higher education. She specialises in research on students’ holistic development, particularly students’ interest. She has been principal investigator on grants from the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes, NERUPI, the Royal Academy of Engineering HE STEM Programme, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, as well as co-investigator on projects funded by Advance HE and the Higher Education Careers Services Unit. She holds a BA (Psychology, University of Maine) and PhD (Education, Stanford University).

Namrata Rao is a Principal Lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University where she coordinates the School of Education’s postgraduate taught programmes. Her key areas of research and publication include (but are not restricted to) various aspects of learning and teaching in higher education that influence academic identity and academic practice. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, executive member of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE), member of the Research and Development group of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) and co-convenor of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Network of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE).  Her research has been funded by organisations such as the EPSRC, HEA (now Advance HE), Jisc, SEDA, SRHE, ALDinHE and BAICE. Her recent publications include co-edited books on the experiences of International Academics (2018) and Early Career Academics (2021) and three further books on Leadership in Learning and Teaching (in 2022 and 2023).