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School of Education Lecture Series: Emeritus Professor Rosemary Deem (Royal Holloway University of London)

Research talk by eminent research scholar about diversity and doctoral education

Event details

School of Education Lecture Series 2023/24

Tuesday 6 February 2024
1630 – 1800 hrs

BC114 St Luke’s Campus & Online

Emeritus Professor Rosemary Deem
Royal Holloway University of London

The aim is to explore issues & challenges underpinning the pursuit of diversity in European doctoral education. What does it involve? Is such a transformation already underway? Even in organisations committed to cultural diversity, there may be obstacles & tensions dependent on individual perspectives about diversity (Ely & Thomas 2001). Changes to doctoral education can have hidden pitfalls, as shown in a Nordic countries study of doctoral programme changes (Protiz & Wittek 2017). This research indicates that problems linked to new developments often end up being solved by doctoral researchers, not their institutions. The main themes considered in the seminar are: why diversity matters for doctoral education; the relationship of diversity to inclusivity & the relevance of Universal Design principles  to doctoral study; examples of some important diversity matters, and finally, some remaining challenges to doctoral diversity.

Rosemary Deem is Emeritus Professor of HE Management at Royal Holloway University of London. There she was Dean of History & Social Science (2009-11); Vice-Principal Education 2011-17; Vice Principal for Teaching Innovation & Equality and Diversity 2017-19; Doctoral School Dean (2014-19). At Bristol University she was Faculty of Social Sciences & Law Postgraduate Dean (2004-6) and Faculty Research Director (2007-2009). At Lancaster University she was HoD of Educational Research 1992-4, Dean of Social Sciences (1994-1997) and Graduate School Director (1998-2000).  Fellow, UK Academy of Social Sciences since 2006. Co-Convenor ECER Network 22 (Higher Education. Co-editor, Higher Education (Springer). Appointed OBE for services to HE & Social Science in 2013.  2015-2018 Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education, now UKCGE Life Time Member. Chair of Trustees, Sociological Review Foundation 2020 – present. Research interests : HE policy, governance, management, leadership, inequality, diversity, inclusion in educational settings, doctoral education. 


This in-person event will be streamed online for those unable to attend at the St Luke's Campus.  For University staff and students the online event details will be made available on the SoE Events SharePoint, and external attendees should contact the event organiser. 

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