I am a Reader in Higher Education Research in the new university Research Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment (GLEA). Within the Centre I am Interim Theme Lead for Research in Intercultural Engagement and Global Education.
My research examines how higher education (HE) institutions are integrating an intercultural and global dimension into the purpose, functions, design and delivery of learning experiences, and the impact that this has on students, staff, strategic partnerships and institutional practices. This includes research into the adoption of strategies and channels that embrace the principles of openness within the context of HE practices with knowledge sharing that goes beyond the walls of the institution, to benefit disadvantaged groups and wider society.
My research interests include intercultural sensitivity in open, international online learning (OIL), as well as creative, experimental, participatory and interdisciplinary (online) pedagogies. My perspectives are informed by participatory approaches and practices with students, staff and external partners, whereby learning with co-participants is reciprocal, where participants are not kept at a distance, and where perspectives and viewpoints can be explored through the research process to address, question and promote issues about, for example, global graduate preparedness or new modes of educational delivery for internationalisation-at-home.
I work with a wide range of external and international partners enhancing the research capacity of the Research Centre and its funding base.