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WP2PG - Transitions to postgraduate study - Penny Jane Burke, Roehampton University and Institute of Education, University of London

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John Rose-Adams
6 January 2012

Penny Jane-Burke (Roehampton University and Institute of Education, University of London) presents findings from a large research project on different forms of transition to Masters level study including for students from groups traditionally under-represented in higher education.

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The final report from the larger project from which Penny's research is drawn can be found here.

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Penny-Jane Burke

Professor of Education, Roehampton University

Penny Jane Burke is Professor of Education at the School of Education, Roehampton University. Penny is the founder and Director of the London Paulo Freire Institute, which sits in the Centre for Educational Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy, of which Penny is also Director.

Penny is a sociologist of gender and education and her research focus is on access to and widening participation in lifelong learning and higher education. Her expertise centres on identity formation and subjectivity in processes of accessing higher education and in relation to experience, aspiration and participation. She is interested in the ways that academic practices, including pedagogy and assessment, work to produce inclusions and exclusions in relation to complex inequalities, power relations and mis/recogntions.

Penny’s contribution to the project of widening participation in higher education is reflected in the range of her work. Dedicated to creating spaces for dialogue across theory and practice, she designed the innovative course ‘Widening Participation: Policy and Practice’. Her sole-authored book, Accessing Education effectively widening participation (2002), draws on her ethnographic study of mature students’ experiences of accessing lifelong learning opportunities, and attracted significant press coverage and reviews in international journals. Her co-authored book Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning: Feminist Interventions (Burke and Jackson, 2007) was nominated for the 2008 Cyril O. Houle World Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education. Penny has been invited to speak internationally including Mexico, India and Australia and has been consulted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on their plans for a new higher education system. She has also been invited

to give keynote lectures in a range of national contexts, including Brunel University, University of Arts London and Understanding Modern Government. She was a recipient of the Higher Education Academy’s prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award in 2008 and is the Access and Widening Participation Network Leader for the Society for Research in Higher Education.

John Rose-Adams
13:20 on 13 February 2012

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