- Visiting Professor
- Staffordshire University
- Institute for Access Studies
- United Kingdom
|Professor Heather Eggins is currently
Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University and
Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde,
UK. She is the Editor of Higher Education Quarterly,
published by Blackwells. Her last post was Director
of the Society for Research into Higher Education,
an international learned society and NGO of UNESCO.
Her previous career spanned academic administration,
Working for the UK Council for National Academic
Awards, editing - Editor for The University of Colorado
at Boulder- and lecturing at various universities
(Boulder, Colorado; Warwick; University of Ulster).
Her research interests lie generally in the area
of policy and strategy in higher Education, with
particular interest in access issues, gender,
leadership and Management, academic practice and
curriculum development. She recently completed
work on a Higher Education Research Network (HERN)
which was a Thematic Network of the European Union
Fifth Framework Programme.
One of the main achievements during her period
as Director of SRHE was the Conception and delivery
of a major international conference in Cape Town
Held in March 2001 on the theme of 'Globalisation
and Higher Education, Views From the South'.
- 'Globalization and Reform in Higher Education',
editor and contributor, SRHE/Open University
Press, Maidenhead 2003.
- 'Globalisation and Higher Education, Views
from the South: Proceedings from an International
Conference held in March 2001 in Cape Town',
editor (with George Subotzky), SRHE, London
- 'The Impact of Government Policy on University
Faculty' in New Directions for Teaching and
Learning, No.72, Winter 1997, Jossey-Bass
Publishers, San Francisco, pp 23-30
|An Examination of the Effectiveness
of Government-inspired Strategies to Widen Participation
in Higher Education
Our 21st Century society calls for higher levels
of skills, and more people with those skills.
Governments worldwide have, in view of this, sought
to develop a range of strategies to widen participation
in higher education. This research will examine
the effectiveness of such initiatives. The methods
to be sued will be principally the collation of
relevant evaluative published research and "grey"
literature, and interviews with key researchers
and those running the initiatives. While the work
will focus primarily on UK strategies, there will
be some examination of a parallel initiative undertaken
by the new Zealand government and, during the
period of the international exchange visit in
the US, considerable information-gathering relating
to Federal and some State initiatives. Particular
strategies of interest elsewhere in the globe
may be included.
Current research being undertaken - an evaluation
of a UK scheme to raise aspiration - is highly
relevant to the proposed topic and, indeed, its
findings are expected to contribute usefully to
the evidence. Following collaborative examination
of the topic with other New Century Scholars to
consider the comparative and cross-cultural issues
involved, it is anticipated that s et of illustrative
case studies to inform policy and practice will
be drawn up and a broad framework for understanding
and for constructive action will be developed.