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

Freya Ernsting: Supporting students in Higher Education with BTEC Qualifications

Including Q&A

13.30 – 13.55

Anna Burchfiel: Comprehensive Universities – truly equitable higher education

Including Q&A

13.55 – 14.00

Summary & close


Speaker Bios

Freya Ernsting is a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Faculty of Business and Law. Freya’s research examines inequities within Higher Education, with a focus on previous education and race. Freya was awarded the Society for Research into Higher Education Newer Researcher Award in 2021 to explore how students with BTEC qualifications are imagined within both further and higher education environments, and how those imaginings impact student learner identities and navigation of higher education. Freya is also a doctoral student at the University of Strathclyde, investigating interactions and perceived relationships with smartphones.

Anna Burchfiel is an education researcher currently studying her PhD at the University of the West of England. She has a decade of experience in widening participation and research, and is passionate about equity in access to and benefits from higher education. Anna engages with her research through a critical realist lens, and is particularly interested in how structures in English higher education reinforce inequalities across society. Outside of academia, Anna has two young children and therefore spends most of her time in the beautiful parks of Bristol.

May 16th, 2024 from  1:00 PM to  2:00 PM
online event, link will be provided
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