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This session is part of Newer Researcher Work in Progress Webinar series. These sessions are open and free for all to attend. 

SRHE aims to provide a platform to present the most stimulating and innovative research taking place in higher education studies and practice. The Newer Researcher Network recognises the body of exciting research being undertaken by newer and early career researchers and seeks to create a supportive space in which such researchers can present their work-in-progress, receive feedback, and develop connections with national and international peers.

Questions and feedback from attendees are warmly welcomed - we aim for this to be a constructive space for work in progress. Participants are encouraged to support the presenters and contribute to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by completing an anonymous feedback form. The link to the feedback form will be sent via email before the event and it will be shared again during the webinar.


13.00 – 13.05

SRHE welcome

Overview of the session  

13.05 – 13.30

Jess Pilgrim-Brown: Doing the heavy lifting: The experiences of working-class professional services and administrative staff in Russell Group universities

Including Q&A

13.30 – 13.55

Stacey Mottershaw: Does class impact the career decisions, journeys and trajectories of academics with working-class heritage?

Including Q&A

13.55 – 14.00

Summary & close


Speaker Bios

Jess Pilgrim-Brown is a sociologist and researcher in education. She focuses on issues relating to social class, gender and wider social inequalities. Her thesis research ‘Doing the heavy lifting, the experiences of working-class professional services and administrative staff in Russell Group universities’ was the first of its kind in the UK. Her research interests span sociological theory, innovative methods in qualitative research designs and research ethics. She is a current Research Associate at the University of Bristol and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford.

Stacey Mottershaw is an Associate Professor (Teaching and Scholarship) at the University of Leeds and predominantly teaches business ethics, sustainability and student employability. She is completing a Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Sheffield, exploring the career decisions, journeys and trajectories of academics who identify as working-class or who have working-class heritage. Stacey's wider research interests are around under-representation, career development theories and challenging deficit narratives.  Follow her on Twitter @SMottershaw for posts about class, higher education and her two cats, Luna and Nym!

April 22nd, 2024 from  1:00 PM to  2:00 PM
Online event, link will be provided
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