Report on the Summer School for Research Associates at University College London

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Visiting Place: London, UK

Visiting Date: June 19 – 23, 2017

Overview: Report on the Summer School for Research Associates at UCL

A report contributed by: Kiyomi HORIUCHI, postgraduate student, RIHE

 

The Summer School for Research Associates, who are committing to the international research projects by University College London (hereafter, UCL), was held from 19th to 23rd of June at London. As RIHE has been one of its eight partner institutions abroad, I was given the opportunity to participate in this a-week-long training session as one of the RAs.

This research projects relating to the studies of higher education have been conducted by the Center for Global Higher Education (hereafter, CGHE), a subsidiary institute to UCL. From RIHE, Professor Futao Huang has been involved in two projects: 1) Local and global public good contributions of higher education: a comparative study in six national systems, and 2) Internationalisation of higher education as a public good: a comparative study in four national systems.

The Summer School was designed for building more collectively coherent and more capable research staff, and strengthening both internal CGHE ties and research networks worldwide. A total of 20 RAs, including four from partner institutions abroad (South Africa, China, and Japan), participated in this training session. In addition to the practical skill building sessions such as “Getting Research Funding,” “Career Development,” and “Media and Social Media Engagement,” various content-based sessions were provided in order to gain a stronger grasp of research in higher education studies. In the session entitled “Brexit Panel,” the withdrawal of UK from the European Union and its uncertainty on higher education were lectured especially focusing on the anti-migration rhetoric. Numerous anxieties were shown, at subsequent discussion, by London-based RAs regarding the future risks of higher education in line with anti-globalism, and I was able to realize how huge shadow Brexit has casted over the future of British and European universities.

On the final day of sessions, the competition on a bid for research funding was held. Here, all participants submitted a bid for funding (approximately three page long) on respective research topic of their interests, and also scored other’s bid as a member of review committee. “The institutional influences of English-medium degree programs at Japanese universities” was the topic I chose as my bid application. It was uncertain if I could convince especially those living in English-speaking countries of special circumstances on Japanese higher education, however, fortunately my bid was awarded as Third Prize.

The “impact” by research was the most impressive term that remained in my heart throughout this summer school. In UK, the resource allocation for research is determined by several evaluation measures by government, and thus, researchers as well as universities are required to validate its impact on society in applying for funds. It is not always feasible to measure the effect in education, and some British universities show their complaints toward the excessive metrics-based educational policies. Nonetheless, researchers are responsible for the validity whenever research is funded by public expenses, therefore, I would bear in mind its attitude of pursuing social contributions on my future research activities.

Center for Global Higher Education, UCL

Summer Session in Progress

With Professor Simon Marginson, Director of CGHE

Collective photo of participants

DAY 1

Getting Research Funding

Jacob Leveridge

Deputy Director of Research Facilitation, UCL

 

Phenomenography

Paul Ashwin

University of Lancaster

DAY 2

What is Higher Education Studies?

Simon Marginson

Director of CGHE, UCL

 

Career Development

Claire Callendar

Deputy Director of CGHE, UCL

 

Social Network Analysis for the field of Higher Education

Golo Henseke

Giulio Marini

CGHE, UCL

CGHE, UCL

 

Forces that shape private higher education: the UK and Ireland

Steve Hunt

Andrew Gibson

CGHE, UCL

Dublin Institute of Technology

DAY 3

Media & Social Media engagement

James Russell

Media Relations Officer, UCL

 

Media Relations – an overview

Anna Phillips

Communications and Digital Engagement Officer, CGHE, UCL

 

Promoting your research

Fran Abrams

Joint Chief Executive, Education Media Center, UCL

 

Brexit Panel

Rosemary Deem,

Anne Corbett,

Vassiliki Papatsiba

Royal Holloway University

LSE

University of Sheffield

 

EU and the public economy in Higher Education and Science

Giulio Marini

CGHE, UCL

 

How can socio-history help understand changing representations of international students?

Aline Courtois

CGHE, UCL

 

Compliance and contestation in the neoliberal university

Aniko Horvath

CGHE, UCL

DAY 4

Cultures of counting: responsible metrics for higher education and research

James Wilsdon

University of Sheffield

 

Mobility issues: international students; culturally plural HEIs; refugees

Rachel Brooks,

Vassiliki Papatsiba,

Johanna Waters,

University of Surrey

University of Sheffield

University of Oxford

 

The contribution of research and innovation to productivity

Kevin Fox

University of New South Wales

 

Impact / Research fish

Joseph Lovell

Head of Research Impact Curation and Support, UCL

 

Higher Education Governance

Jurgen Enders

University of Bath

DAY 5

Research issues in digital global higher education

Diana Laurillard

Eileen Kennedy

CGHE, UCL

CGHE, UCL

 

Global higher education and marketization

Susan Robertson

University of Cambridge

 

Reviewing research funding bids in groups

Carolyn Gallop

CGHE, UCL

 

Feedback

Simon Marginson

Director of CGHE, UCL