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Dr Anna Bennett

Senior Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Anna Bennett has a PhD in Sociology and applies sociological theory and concepts to better understand social phenomena. Current research areas include: discourses of equity and participation in higher education, identities and subject positions in higher education, and notions and implications of neoliberalism. In addition to leading the Critical Interventions Framework Part 2 (2015), Anna is involved in various research projects, including the recent NCSEHE project about student capability and belonging (2015). Highlighted publications include ‘Excavating widening participation policy in Australian higher education: subject positions, representational effects, emotion’ (2014) and her book entitled The Power Paradox (2012) develops conceptual tools for studying power relations. Anna’s latest (2015) book is a co-edited collection entitled Widening Higher Education Participation: A Global Perspective, which includes two co-authored chapters called ‘Interrogating assumptions of rational choice in Australian widening participation discourse: theoretical counterpoints’ and 'Global Perspectives on Widening Participation: Approaches and Concepts'.

Research Expertise
Anna is Editor of the International Studies in Widening Participation journal.

Anna is a member of the editorial board for Teaching in Higher Education

Teaching and Administrative Expertise
Anna is Convenor of the University of Newcastle’s adult enabling program, which is open entry and enables people to qualify for entry into various degree programs across Australia through the UAC. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Education

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160809 Sociology of Education 40
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 10
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Highlighted Publications

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Bennett AK, Hodges BE, Kavanagh KO, Fagan SJ, Hartley JH, Schofield NJ, ''Hard' and 'soft' aspects of learning as investment: Opening up the neo-liberal view of a programme with 'high' levels of attrition', Widening Participation & Lifelong Learning, 14 141-156 (2012) [C1]
2014 Southgate E, Bennett A, 'Excavating widening participation policy in Australian higher education: subject positions, representational effects, emotion', Creative Approaches to Research, 7 21-45 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Erica Southgate
2016 Shah M, Bennett A, Southgate E, Widening Higher Education Participation: A Global Perspective, Chandos Publishing, Amsterdam (2016)
Co-authors Mahsood Shah, Erica Southgate
2016 Burke PJ, Bennett AK, Burgess C, Gray K, Southgate E, 'Capability, Belonging and Equity In Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches', NCSEHE, 103 (2016)
Co-authors Kim Gray, Erica Southgate, Pennyjane Burke

Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Shah M, Bennett A, Southgate E, Widening Higher Education Participation: A Global Perspective, Chandos Publishing, Amsterdam (2016)
Co-authors Mahsood Shah, Erica Southgate
2012 Bennett AK, The Power Paradox: A Toolkit for Analyzing Conflict and Extremism, University Press of America, Lanham, MD, 137 (2012) [A1]

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Bennett AK, Southgate E, Shah M, 'Global Perspectives on Widening Participation: Approaches and Concepts', Widening Higher Education Participation: A Global Perspective, Elsevier Chandos, Amsterdam 241-253 (2016)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-08-100213-1.00015-9
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Mahsood Shah
2016 Southgate E, Bennett AK, 'University Choosers and Refusers: Social Theory, Ideas of Choice and Implications for Widening Participation', Widening Higher Education Participation: A Global Perspective, Elsevier Chandos, Amsterdam 225-240 (2016)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-08-100213-1.00014-7
Co-authors Erica Southgate
1999 Bennett AK, 'Feminismos y pedagogías en la vida cotidiana', Feminismos y pedagogías en la vida cotidiana, Ediciones Morata, Madrid, Spain (1999)
1996 Bennett AK, 'Feminisms and Pedagogies of Everyday Life', Feminisms and Pedagogies of Everyday Life, SUNY Press, New York (1996)
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Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Buchanan RA, Southgate E, Bennett A, 'Editorial: Social justice in the enterprise university: global perspectives on theory, policy, ethics and critical practice', International Studies in Widening Participation, 2 1-3 (2015) [C3]
Co-authors Rachel Buchanan, Erica Southgate
2014 Southgate E, Bennett A, 'Excavating widening participation policy in Australian higher education: subject positions, representational effects, emotion', Creative Approaches to Research, 7 21-45 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Erica Southgate
2012 Bennett AK, Hodges BE, Kavanagh KO, Fagan SJ, Hartley JH, Schofield NJ, ''Hard' and 'soft' aspects of learning as investment: Opening up the neo-liberal view of a programme with 'high' levels of attrition', Widening Participation & Lifelong Learning, 14 141-156 (2012) [C1]

Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Bennett AK, '¿One size does not fit all¿: theorising the measurement of equity initiatives to deconstruct limited spatio-temporalities of purpose and impact', onverging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international perspectives (2016)
2015 Burke PJ, Bennett AK, 'Capability, Belonging and Mis/recognition In Higher Education', Converging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international perspectives (2015)
Co-authors Pennyjane Burke
2013 Bennett AK, 'The non-traditional student within the higher education marketplace: an analysis of student expectations of Enabling university programs', NAEEA Conference Program (2013) [E3]
2013 Bennett AK, Fagan S, 'Beyond self-doubt: techniques to counter the ¿Impostor-Syndrome'', National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference (2013) [E3]
2012 Hodges BE, Bedford T, Bennett AK, Hartley JH, Kavanagh KO, Klinger C, et al., 'Enabling retention: Understanding and improving student retention rates in Australian university enabling programs', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012 (2012) [E3]
2012 Bennett AK, 'Alternative pathways to higher education in Australia: The importance of enabling and empowerment beyond mainstream conventions', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012 (2012) [E3]
2012 Bunn RJ, Bennett AK, Southgate EL, Cooper SA, Kavanagh KO, ''Wow, I didn't know that!' The benefits of taking a collaborative approach to transition experiences of enabling students into Undergraduate Education Programs', Conference Handbook. Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2012 (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Rosalie Bunn, Erica Southgate
2011 Bennett AK, 'A case study of perceptions of power: Clubs Australia, pokies and the politics of 'spin'', Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks (2011) [E3]
2011 Bennett AK, Burgess CA, 'Challenges at the cultural interface: The hidden academic cultural curriculum', Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference On Enabling Access To Higher Education (2011) [E1]
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Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Bennett A, Buchanan R, Southgate E, 'Editors: Social justice in the enterprise university: global perspectives on theory, policy, ethics and critical practice', ( issue.2) (2015)
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Rachel Buchanan
2013 Brosnan C, Southgate E, MacQueen S, Kelly B, Outram S, Rubin M, et al., 'Faculty of education and arts strategic networks and pilot projects scheme', Equity in Elite Degrees: social difference, institutional practice and processes of change (2013)

Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Burke PJ, Bennett AK, Burgess C, Gray K, Southgate E, 'Capability, Belonging and Equity In Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches', NCSEHE, 103 (2016)
Co-authors Kim Gray, Erica Southgate, Pennyjane Burke
2013 Bennett AK, Powter D, Goode E, Clark H, 'Program Self Review Report 2013, Open Foundation Program', University of Newcastle, NSW, 32 (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $500,662

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20162 grants / $194,297

A comparative evaluation of the efficacy of the equity strategies employed by Australian universities$156,686

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

It’s About Time: working towards more equitable understandings of the impact of time for students in higher education$37,611

Higher education experiences are increasingly intensified by competing imperatives of study, work, and personal commitments. However, despite significant change, the assumption persists that time is a neutral and linear framework in which all students are equally positioned. This project will examine how experiences of ‘time’, as well as dominant discourses about ‘time management’, impact on the attraction, retention, and performance of students in higher education. The study will engage students from undergraduate Nursing, Law and Engineering programs at two regional universities, one in Australia and one in the United Kingdom, where the student population includes significant cohorts of equity groups including students from regional and remote/rural backgrounds.

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team
Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N

20152 grants / $234,952

Critical Interventions Framework Part 2$205,262

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Doctor Anna Bennett, Ms Belinda Munn, Professor Geoff Whitty, Professor Jennifer Gore, Professor Max Smith
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501186
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Capability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches$29,690

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Doctor Anna Bennett, Associate Professor Seamus Fagan, Mrs Cathy Burgess, Associate Professor Jane Maguire, Doctor Erica Southgate, Doctor Shamus Smith
Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500360
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20142 grants / $62,336

Overcoming limiting notions of academic capability: strategies to improve the participation and completion rates of students from non-traditional and low socio-economic backgrounds$47,336

 The project team will work to find ways to understand students’ perceptions about what capability involves so that students unfamiliar with the field are provided with enabling information and pedagogies.

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS STRATEGIC NETWORKS AND PILOT PROJECTS SCHEME$15,000

Over the last 30 years, a defining feature of higher education has been its massification. However, elite degrees (e.g. medicine, law, engineering) continue to include low proportions of non-traditional students (working class or first-generation). These degrees represent the last bastion of equity practice in universities. Internationally there is very limited research in this area. This project takes a 3-pronged, mixed-methods approach to understanding social difference and equity practice within elite degrees, with a view to informing the evidence base, policy debate and practical approaches to enabling non-traditional students to succeed in these areas.

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20121 grants / $9,077

Establishing effective and sustainable links between Enabling and undergraduate programs by examining the transitions of ELFSC students$9,077

This project explored the double-transition that Enabling pathways students experience during their time at the University of Newcastle, having first transitioned into a university preparation program and then into an undergraduate degree.

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme CTL grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Dr Anna Bennett

Position

Senior Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email anna.bennett@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5378

Office

Room MCG46
Building McMullin
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