Saturday, 3 September 2016

FW: Understanding the Contemporary HE Student: seminar on 21 Sept


Places are still available at the seminar below. Please forward to any colleagues or postgraduate researchers who you think may be interested in attending. Many thanks!





Wednesday, 21st September 2016

University of Surrey, LTJ, Lecture Theatre Block






09.30-10.00     Coffee and registration


10.00-10.15     Welcome and overview of the ‘EuroStudents’ project

                        Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey


10.15-11.15     Keynote presentation: Student Experience in Context: higher education policy and the changing value of university education

Michael Tomlinson, University of Southampton


11.15-11.30     Break


11.30-13.00     Parallel sessions


Session A: LTJ


                        Spatial and social (im)mobilities through higher education

                        Michael Donnelly, University of Bath


                        Students in cities – the everyday mobilities of contemporary UK students

                        Mark Holton, Plymouth University and Kirsty Finn, Lancaster University


‘Talent-spotting’? Inequality, cultural sorting and constructions of the ideal employable graduate

Nicola Ingram, Lancaster University and Kim Allen, University of Leeds


Session B: LTF


Her majesty the student: marketised higher education and the narcissistic (dis)satisfactions of the student-consumer

Elizabeth Nixon, Richard Scullion and Robert Hearn, University of Nottingham


The student-as-consumer versus the student-as-learner: some preliminary findings from the UK

Stefanie Sonnenberg, University of Portsmouth


Understanding the student experience

                        Rachel Spacey and Mary Stuart, University of Lincoln


13.00-14.00     Lunch


14.00-15.30     Parallel sessions


Session C: LTJ


Unreasonable rage, disobedient dissent: the social construction of student activists through media and institutional discourses in the United Kingdom

Jessica Gagnon, University of Portsmouth


‘I am completely uninterested in politics’: ‘Filial nationalism’ and ‘rational patriotism’ as mainland Chinese students’ political orientations in Hong Kong

Cora Lingling Xu, University of Cambridge


Understanding the contemporary HE student: ‘It’s like a bubble. You just get sucked in’

Grace Sykes, Northampton University


Session D: LTF


How institutional doxa an shape choice within higher education

Jon Rainford, Staffordshire University


Contemporary students’ rights: a discursive strategy to overcome hysteresis in a post-92 HE setting

Karl Baker-Green and Cinnamon Bennett, Sheffield Hallam University


Paradoxes of the academisation process: a sociological exploration of the history of foreign and classical language education since 1864

Eric Lybeck, University of Exeter


15.30-15.45     Break


15.45-16.45     Keynote presentation: Biopolitics and the ‘making’ of the unexceptional student: some geographical reflections on education in East Asia

Johanna Waters, University of Oxford 


16.45-17.00     Concluding comments




To attend the seminar, please register at: (There is a small charge of £30.)



Rachel Brooks

Professor of Sociology and Executive Editor, British Journal of Sociology of Education

Department of Sociology

University of Surrey





T: 01483 686987


Twitter: @_rachel_brooks


New ‘EuroStudents’ research project:


Latest article: Brooks, R., Byford, K. and Sela, K (2016) The spaces of UK students’ unions: extending the critical geographies of the university campus, Social and Cultural Geography, 17, 4, 471-490.








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