Over the past year, the project team has set up a sociology of higher education reading group at the University of Surrey. See here for a list of the various articles we’ve talked about so far.
One of the four strands of our research focuses on analysing the ways in which students are constructed in the media in our six case study countries (England, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Spain). We will be analysing newspaper articles and also popular TV shows and films that feature higher education students in a prominent manner.
We are keen to put together a resource of relevant TV shows and films – for our own benefit, but hopefully it will be of use to others as well. Paul Greatrix has done a good job identifying some sources, that will be familiar to a UK audience, including a dozen which he thinks it’s best to avoid. However, we hope to include media from other European countries in our list.
If you have some suggestions, please do get in touch with us. We’ll compile all the nominated films and TV shows into one list, which we’ll post here in due course (and thank all those who have contributed). Many thanks!
We are very pleased that all members of the EuroStudents research team have now started work on the project. Here are some brief introductions to the researchers….
Jessie Abrahams is one of the post-doctoral research fellows on the project, working in particular on the student understandings strand. She is in the final stages of an ESRC-funded PhD at Cardiff University looking at the way in which the English secondary education system reproduces social class inequalities through its structures and practices. Prior to this, Jessie was a research assistant on the Leverhulme Trust-funded Paired Peers Project exploring the experiences of students from different social class backgrounds at the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.
Predrag Lažetić is also a post-doctoral fellow on the project and he is responsible for the institutional perspectives strand of research. He is the final stages of his PhD work at the University of Bath investigating the institutional regime differences in the quality of jobs higher education graduates undertake in different European countries. Prior to this post he worked as the director of the Centre for Education Policy in Belgrade and as a researcher in the International Centre for Higher Education Research in Kassel, Germany, specialising in both posts in higher education research.
Anu Lainio is a postgraduate researcher on the project and is leading the media representations strand of work. Anu did her first master’s in education in University of Tampere. She studied her second master’s in Erasmus Mundus programme on Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management in Aarhus University (Copenhagen) and Deusto University (Bilbao). Anu also has a several years working experience in higher education administration and in international relations. Her research interests are in internationalisation of higher education, mobility, social justice and equality.
We’re really looking forward to the seminar to launch the EuroStudents project, which will be held next Wednesday at the University of Surrey. The final programme is posted below. If you aren’t able to come along, but would like to take part in the discussions, do follow the seminar on Twitter. We’ll be using the hashtag #HEstudents.
UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEMPORARY HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT
Wednesday, 21st September 2016, University of Surrey, LTJ, Lecture Theatre Block
09.30-10.00: Coffee and registration
10.00-10.15: Welcome and overview of the ‘EuroStudents’ project, Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey
10.15-11.15: Keynote presentation: LTJ (Chair: Rachel Brooks)
Student Experience in Context: higher education policy and the changing value of university education, Michael Tomlinson, University of Southampton
11.30-13.00: Parallel sessions
Session A: LTJ (Chair: Johanna Waters)
Spatial and social (im)mobilities through higher education, Michael Donnelly, University of Bath
Students in cities – the everyday mobilities of contemporary UK students, Mark Holton, Plymouth University and Kirsty Finn, Lancaster University
‘Talent-spotting’? Inequality, cultural sorting and constructions of the ideal employable graduate, Nicola Ingram, Lancaster University and Kim Allen, University of Leeds
Session B: LTF (Chair: Steve Woodfield)
Her majesty the student: marketised higher education and the narcissistic (dis)satisfactions of the student-consumer, Elizabeth Nixon, Richard Scullion and Robert Hearn, University of Nottingham
The student-as-consumer versus the student-as-learner: some preliminary findings from the UK, Stefanie Sonnenberg, University of Portsmouth
Understanding the student experience, Rachel Spacey, University of Lincoln
14.00-15.30: Parallel sessions
Session C: LTJ (Chair: Kim Allen)
Unreasonable rage, disobedient dissent: the social construction of student activists through media and institutional discourses in the United Kingdom, Jessica Gagnon, University of Portsmouth
‘It’s always a good decision to go to University because if you don’t you’ll end up becoming a cleaner or a supermarket worker’, Jessie Abrahams, University of Surrey/Cardiff University
The changing nature of students’ unions; young people as political actors?, Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey
Session D: LTF (Chair: Alex Seal)
How institutional doxa can shape choice within higher education, Jon Rainford, Staffordshire University
Contemporary students’ rights: a discursive strategy to overcome hysteresis in a post-92 HE setting, Karl Baker-Green and Cinnamon Bennett, Sheffield Hallam University
Paradoxes of the academisation process: a sociological exploration of the history of foreign and classical language education since 1864, Eric Lybeck, University of Exeter
15.45-16.45: Keynote presentation: LTJ (Chair: Jessie Abrahams)
Biopolitics and the ‘making’ of the unexceptional student: some geographical reflections on education in East Asia, Johanna Waters, University of Oxford
16.45-17.00 Concluding comments