The University of Newcastle, Australia

Penny's visit to the UK

Friday, 24 June 2016

Professor Penny Jane Burke visited the United Kingdom (UK) at the end of May, organising and hosting a number of conferences and meetings that strengthened our international engagement.

Map of UK

During her visit, she co-organised a Social Movements and Transformative Practice Roundtable with Dr Marie-Pierre Moreau, bringing together a panel of speakers who reflected on and discussed three questions around social justice. The roundtable was a joint event hosted by Research in Inequalities, Society and Education (RISE) and the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) and was held at the University of Roehampton, London. The Roundtable sustains ongoing momentum and connection between different community groups doing exceptional work in social justice in and outside of formal education.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Sarah Winfield (Camfed)
  • Amal Khalaf and Alex Thorp (Serpentine Gallery)
  • Yusuf Dirie and Yusef Bakkali (University of Sussex)
  • Dr Francesca Romana Ammaturo (University of Roehampton)

Professor Burke also organized and co-chaired an event with Rachael Tooth from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) exploring questions of student transitions and generating dialogue between research, policy and practice. It was the third in a series of seminars jointly organised by the Access and Widening Participation Network of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and OFFA.

Later in the week, she chaired an all day executive editorial board meeting for the International Journal Teaching in Higher Education. The journal, of which Professor Burke is Editor, publishes scholarly work that critically examines and interrogates the values and presuppositions underpinning teaching, introduces theoretical perspectives and insights drawn from different disciplinary and methodological frameworks, and considers how teaching and research can be brought into a closer relationship.

Professor Burke finished her whirlwind week with the EUREDOCS Conference in London that is held biennially, bringing together doctoral researchers working on issues related to the higher education in European contexts. The event was co-convened by professor Burke and Dr Vincent Carpentier (UCL Institute of Education).

Twelve PhD candidate across Europe are selected to participate and present their work to the EUREDOCS Scientific Committee to be critiqued by a peer discussant, followed by an in-depth discussion with peers and feedback from the Scientific Committee. “It is a wonderful opportunity for students to get detailed feedback about their research and have a rich conversation around the equity and social justice field,” said Professor Burke.

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