The University of Newcastle, Australia

Reflections from visiting scholar Dr Marie-Pierre Moreau

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Renowned scholar in gender and education, Dr Marie-Pierre Moreau, visited the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) in April. During her time at the University of Newcastle (UON), she delivered a public seminar exploring how universities and other institutions can better support staff and students with caring responsibilities. Her findings were detailed in the Newcastle Herald and a recording of her seminar is available via Soundcloud.

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One of the wonders of working in academia rests with the opportunity to meet with likeminded people from a wide range of subjects and backgrounds.

My week at CEEHE was full of wonderful meetings with colleagues who shared a passion for research and social justice, yet had come to it through very different routes and looked at it from various perspectives.

It was particularly useful to share my ongoing work on carers in academia and to hear about the wider commitment you have to groups who are often positioned at the margins of academia, when they are not simply excluded from it.

It was wonderful to hear about the range of widening participation programs supported by CEEHE and the Family Action Centre.

As a result, I have found my time at CEEHE to be both uplifting and educational. I was particularly stricken by the quality of the work conducted by colleagues and students and by the praxis ethos of CEEHE.

Praxis is clearly embedded in everything you do. This has made me reflect on the mutual relationship between theory and practice on a deeper level and to think beyond the ‘impact’ agenda which increasingly shape academic work in many parts of the world.

I would like to express my gratitude to all CEEHE members who generously gave up some of their time to organise my visit and meet with me. I hope that we will be able to continue the conversations we started.

I am particularly looking forward to joining the editorial team of International Studies in Widening Participation and working with Anna Bennett, Jo Hanley, Penny Jane Burke and others as part of this endeavour.

I am also hoping that there will be many future opportunities to work with CEEHE colleagues and I would like to return your invitation by encouraging you to keep in touch and visit the RISE research centre at the University of Roehampton.

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