THiNK - The Higher education Network Keele

The primary objective of THINK is to encourage and support members of the network to publish their higher education research in peer-reviewed journals.

Additional aims of the network are:

  • To share funding opportunities and provide assistance with reading and commenting on bids
  • To encourage networking and facilitate conversations with a view to collaboration in higher education research
  • To endorse and organise a series of seminars related to higher education research
  • To share papers/presentations and obtain feedback/advice from colleagues
  • To increase awareness of publishing opportunities in higher education research

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Upcoming Seminars

Critical Explorations of Differential Degree Outcomes: through and beyond ‘race’

Weds 28th June, 3 – 5pm

Walter Moberly Room WM 0.01

Tea, coffee and cake provided

The degree ‘attainment gap’ is the difference in ‘good degrees’ – a first or 2:1 classification – awarded to different groups of students. Consistent with national trends, students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds, as well as international students at Keele, are less likely to achieve a good degree than is typical. Prof Gurnam Singh and Prof Glynis Cousin will lead a seminar which will seek to provide a brief historical and contemporary overview of issues surrounding the ‘attainment gap’. In so doing, the seminar will highlight some of the contradictions and complexities of both conceptualising the problem of attainment and developing appropriate pedagogical interventions. This seminar will explore three key questions related to how we can: nurture relationships that humanise the student/teacher relationship; create learning spaces and environments that are inclusive; and adopt critical pedagogical responses that value and encourage intellectuality.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register your attendance via this link.
  • Professor Gurnam Singh is currently Principal Lecturer in Social Work at Coventry University and Visiting Professor of Social Work at the University of Chester.
  • Professor Glynis Cousin is Emerita Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton. She taught at Coventry and Warwick Universities and was senior adviser at the Higher Education Academy.

Please direct any queries about this event to