Facilitated by: Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas and Dr Charikleia Charoula Tzanakou who are the convenors of the SRHE Higher Education and the COVID-19 Pandemic (HEC19)

SRHE’s new life-limited network, Higher Education And The COVID-19 Pandemic (HEC19), brings together researchers and practitioners from a range of theoretical, disciplinary and national backgrounds who are engaged in critical studies of the experience, impact and longer-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global higher education sector. The event is an opportunity to share new research and practice and connect with others working in these areas.

The June 2024 Showcase will focus on student experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme will feature three papers on different aspects of student experience from the UK, Australia and South Africa. The event format will also include time for Q&A and debate.


12.00 – 12.10

Welcome and Introductions

12.10 – 12.30

Caroline Jones: Under increasing pressure in the wake of COVID-19: a systematic literature review of the factors affecting UK undergraduates with consideration of engagement, belonging, alienation and resilience

12.30 – 12.50

Jasvir Nachatar Singh, Humayra Chowdury and Sabrina Gupta: Benefits of online interaction and engagement: Postgraduate international, domestic students and academic staff experiences in Australia

12.50 – 12.55

Comfort break

12.55 – 13.15

Kurauone Masungo: Student activism in South Africa higher education: Voices and experiences during and after COVID-19 pandemic

13.15 – 13.50

Panel discussion, Q&A and Padlet

13.50 – 14.00

Summary & close


Speaker bios:

Caroline Jones: MA in HE, PGCHE, BA (Hons), SFHEA, Dip Ed, Associate CIPD, Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE). An APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES teaching professional with extensive experience working in and across the education sector, including lecturing/programme leading in Higher Education.  Currently employed as a Tutor based within the Health and Education Faculty at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Experience of External Examining and Peer Reviewing. Research interests include Leadership and management, Risk, resilience and mental health, Social mobility and social policy, Widening participation and disadvantage. Originator of the Psychosocial and academic trust alienation (PATA) theory. Twitter: @caroline_JonesSFHEA

 Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh is an international award-winning Senior Lecturer at the Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Australia. In 2023, Dr Singh received the prestigious A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Award - Shining Star Research Award and Society for Research into Higher Education Accolades award from the United Kingdom recognising her academic citizenship in transnational research and practice. 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.

Sabrina Gupta is a Senior lecturer in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University, where she serves as the Head and Course Advisor for the Public Health major within the Bachelor of Health Science Program. Her role involves lecturing in both undergraduate and postgraduate health science courses, with a focus on the development, delivery, and coordination of subjects across various year levels.

Her research explores the intersections of migration, ethnicity, lifestyle, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and their relationship with the healthcare system. Passionate about improving the health outcomes of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including international students, Sabrina has established global research partnerships in India and the UK. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Program Director for the La Trobe – JSS University Joint PhD Scheme in India. Sabrina has received recognition for her contributions through awards in both teaching and research. (144)

Humayra Ayasha Chowdhury is an early career academic in the field of Human Resource Management. With her excellence academic result, she achieved lifetime membership of “Golden Key Honour society”. Since 2019, she has contributed significantly to the academic landscape as a dedicated academic in the Department of Management and Marketing at La Trobe University. In this role, she has been delivering knowledge across a spectrum of subjects including Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Employment Relations, Managing Across Borders, and Organizational Behaviour. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Humayra's passion for research has led her to excel in various capacities. In 2020, she has been appointed as a Research Assistant on several projects of La Trobe University. Her research interest is particularly related to Higher Education specifically on issues related to international students such as acculturation, extracurricular activities, and employability. 

Kurauone Masungo is a post-doctoral fellow under the SARCHI Chair in Higher Education & Human Development Research Programme, University of the Free State, South Africa. His research interests are in higher education, student well-being and agency. Kurauone is currently working on a book project that explore, using the capability approach framework, students’ perspectives, and experiences for an account of the potential of student activism in the enhancement of student well-being and agency through the formation of political capabilities and functionings for justice, a more robust democracy, and change. He is also working on a research project in Zimbabwe and Zambia titled Embedding and Enabling Creative Economy in Marginalised Societies: Creative Skills for Peace. The projects responded to young people's demands for improving their skills in indigenous forms of art and embedding cultural heritage into their artistic practice and skills for wider recognition and public engagement.

June 5th, 2024 from 12:00 PM to  2:00 PM
Online event - link will be provided
United Kingdom
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