Dr Sally Findlow

Title: Senior Lecturer
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733913
Email: s.findlow@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor's Building : CBA0.034
Role: Director of Programmes in Education
Contacting me: Call at my office or send me an email
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I have taught at Keele since 2001.  Prior to this I worked and studied in universities and adult education in Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.  In 2001 I received my PhD from Cambridge University, on Higher Education and National Identity in the United Arab Emirates.  This research drew together my interests in Middle East studies, cultural anthropology and higher education in an interdisciplinary frame. 

My interests in higher education revolve around how the sector mediates social change, through students, systems and academic staff.  My work has had different foci in this context: identity and language, political awareness, and institutional cultures.  As well as contributing to current theoretical and empirical endeavours to re-map the business of higher education in today’s global, I am also committed to reflective inquiry as a route to understanding a business of which I am part.   My teaching and programme design, therefore, is grounded in the principles of critically reflective inquiry into learning, policy and professional practice.

 

Professional and academic memberships, fellowships and affiliations:

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA)

The Higher Education Academy(HEA)

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)

British Association for Comparative and International Education (BAICE)

Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT)

My research interest in the ways that higher education through various globalizing processes is shaping socialization, citizenship and cultural production across national and regional boundaries, has several foci:

i. Critical policy sociology

ii. The emergence of ‘academic regions’

iii. Questions about higher education’s purpose, and saleable or valued higher educational knowledge: fulfilment of stakeholder expectations or critical transformation?

iv. Higher education markets in the developmental states of the Arab Gulf

v. The relationship between access to higher education, citizenship and political voice for marginalised groups

vi. Policy, markets and student expectations in university learning

I am committed to helping build research capacity in both Arab Gulf studies and higher education policy sociology by facilitating dialogue between the two research communities.  I have written in high impact international journals and other formats that cut across these areas, and have been invited to give talks in these areas in both the United Kingdom and Arab Gulf.  I have also jointly organised a number of national seminar series.  I would welcome research inquiries from prospective research students interested in any of these areas.  I would also be very interested in collaborations bringing rigorous interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on higher educational and social problems.

 

 

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Findlow, S., (2016) Local citizenship in a global arena: educating for community participation and change (Routledge)

Selected Publications

  • Findlow S. 2012. Higher education change and professional-academic identity in newly ‘academic’ disciplines: the case of nurse education. Higher Education, vol. 63(1), 117-133. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2011. Global-local knowledge and the point of a university education: a trans-regional reflection. Graduate Market Trends.
  • Findlow S. 2008. Accountability and innovation in higher education: a disabling tension?. Studies in Higher Education, vol. 33(3), 313-329. link> doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2008. Islam, modernity and education in the Arab states. Intercultural Education, vol. 19(4), 337-352. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2016. Local Citizenship in the Global Arena Educating for community participation and change. Routledge.

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Books

  • Findlow S. 2016. Local Citizenship in the Global Arena Educating for community participation and change. Routledge.
  • Findlow S. 2001. Dawlat al-lmarat al-'Arabiyya al-Muttahida: al-wataniyya w'al-hawiyya al-'Arabiyya-al-Islamiyya. Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi.

Journal Articles

  • Findlow S and Hayes A. 2016. Transnational academic capitalism in the Arab Gulf:balancing global and local, public and private, capitals. British Journal of Sociology of Education. doi>
  • Alexiadou N and Findlow S. 2014. Developing the educated citizen: Changing frameworks for the roles of Universities in Europe and England. Annales, Series Historia et Sociologia, vol. 24(3).
  • Findlow S. 2012. Higher education change and professional-academic identity in newly ‘academic’ disciplines: the case of nurse education. Higher Education, vol. 63(1), 117-133. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2011. Global-local knowledge and the point of a university education: a trans-regional reflection. Graduate Market Trends.
  • Findlow S. 2008. Accountability and innovation in higher education: a disabling tension?. Studies in Higher Education, vol. 33(3), 313-329. link> doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2008. Islam, modernity and education in the Arab states. Intercultural Education, vol. 19(4), 337-352. doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2006. Higher education and linguistic dualism in the Arab Gulf. British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 27(1), 19-36. doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2005. International networking in the United Arab Emirates higher education system: global–local tensions. Compare, vol. 35(3), 285-302. doi>
  • FINDLOW S. 2004. Comparative and International Perspectives on Educational 'Spaces'. European Educational Research Journal, vol. 3(1), 400-414. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2004. Comparative and International Perspectives on Educational"Spaces": a Review of Comparative and International Research in Education: globalisation, content and difference by Michael Crossley and Keith Watson (2003). European Educational Research Journal, vol. 3(1), 400-414. doi>
  • Findlow S. 2001. Learning from Comparing: New Directions in Comparative Educational Research, Volume 2: Policy Professionals and Development. Educational Review, vol. 53(3), 337-338.

Chapters

  • FINDLOW S. 2010. Education: keeping up with the needs of development. In Human resources and development in the Arabian Gulf. Abu Dhabi.
  • FINDLOW S. 2007. Women, higher education and social transformation in the Arab Gulf. In Aspects of education in the Middle East and North Africa. Colin B and Levers LZ (Eds.). Symposium Books.

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Programme:

Teaching Reflectively in Higher Education (Module Leader)

Design and Development in Higher Education (Module Leader)

 

 

Educational Studies

EDU-20027 Reflective Teaching (Module Leader)

EDU-30065 Education for Citizenship (Module Leader)

EDU-30074 Higher Education: policy and the student experience (Module Leader)

EDU-30071 Independent Research Project (Dissertation)

Workshops

 

EdD

EDU-40031 Introduction to theories and methods

EDU-40032 Critical and feminist theories and perspectives

EDU-40033 Research Methods and Evaluation: ethics and ethnographies (Module Leader)

Thesis workshops

 

 

Current doctoral students as lead supervisor:

  • Alison Maguire, Two years BA (Hons) accounting and finance students' experiences and expectations
  • Verity Aiken, The risky terrain of student writing
  • Kojo Adjei-Kusi, Accountants and lifelong learning
  • Maha Mohammad A Nahshal, Women and domestic violence in Saudi Arabia
  • Jodie Rees, Critical pedagogy, FE learning and institutional habitus 
  • Lorraine Connell, A study into the Academisation of a collaboration of Catholic Schools 
  • Tammie McGee, Leadership and senior management in an international school setting
  • Trina Tan, Understanding the multiple [dis]connections of younger people and ‘nature’ 
  • Paul Friend, Effective Governance and Management in Corporate International Schools
  • Alison Wilson-Shaw, Quality Commissioning in the National Health Service


Successful completions as lead supervisor

  • Debbie Gilliland, Exploring the hopes and experiences of international business students in the United Kingdom (EdD, 2016)
  • Karen Castle, Teachers and their continuing professional development: Policy, professionalism and perceptions (EdD, 2014)
  • Jean Robson, Adding action to the blend: new possibilities for learning in cross-border management education in Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPhil)


Successful completions as co- or second supervisor

  • Maggie Atkinson, Complexity in policy-making: the governance of local education
  • Joanna Renc-Roe, Academics in transition - Internationalisation of academic professionals in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
  • Katherine Heathcote, 'We can't have men here': problematics and possibilities of the masculine in physiotherapy education
  • Tom O’Connor, Men in the  nursing profession: masculinities and gendered identities
  • Louise Taylor, Learning in later life: using life biography to investigate the inter-relationship of learning and life course capital
  • Danielle Cassell, Teachers’ Perceptions of Assessment for Learning: A situated study.