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Professor Paul Ashwin PhD

Head of Department, Professor

Paul Ashwin

Lancaster University

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594443

Research overview

My research interests are focused on the relations between teaching-learning and knowledge-curriculum practices in higher education. I am also interested in the relations between these practices and higher education policies as well as the relations between theories and methods in research into higher education. The kinds of questions that I explore in this research include:  What counts as high quality teaching and learning in higher education? How is this positioned in policies and practices? How do we research and theorise these competing notions of quality?

PhD supervision

I am interested in receiving PhD proposals in most areas related to knowledge, curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment in higher education, particularly those relating to students' and academics' experiences of higher education.

Profile

I am a Professor of Higher Education and my research interests are focused on the relations between teaching-learning and knowledge-curriculum practices in higher education. I am also interested in the relations between these practices and higher education policies as well as the relations between theories and methods in research into higher education. The kinds of questions that I explore in this research include:  What counts as high quality teaching and learning in higher education? How is this positioned in policies and practices? How do we research and theorise these competing notions of quality?

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education. I am the lead author on the recently published Reflective Teaching in Higher Education, which supports research-informed university teaching. My book 'Analysing Teaching-Learning Interactions in Higher Education' focuses on ways of conceptualising teaching-learning processes in higher education that support a consideration of both structure and agency.

I am a co-investigator in the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Higher Education Funding Council, England funded Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE). CGHE is a partnership between the UCL Institute of Education in London, Lancaster University and the University of Sheffield and eight international universities. CGHE commenced in November 2015.

 As part of CGHE, I serve on the management committee and am responsible for capacity building across the centre. I am also leading a project that will examine Knowledge, Curriculum and Student Agency in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in the UK and South Africa. Additionally, I am leading an ESRC/National Research Foundation funded International Centre Partnership with Jenni Case, University of Cape Town. This partnership will bring together established and emerging researchers from South Africa, the UK and internationally to examine access to, students’ experiences of, and outcomes from South African undergraduate higher education.

The project on Knowledge, Curriculum and Student Agency builds on a previous ESRC funded project looking at pedagogic quality and inequality in undergraduate Sociology degrees, which I worked on with Monica McLean, University of Nottingham and Andrea Abbas, University of Bath. This project focused on comparing the quality of teaching, learning and curricula in undergraduate sociology and allied subjects in four universities that have different reputations for the quality of the undergraduate experience that they offer. The study aimed to question the assumptions underlying these reputations through an in-depth exploration of the relations between what students bring to university, their experiences of university education and what they gain it. We investigated what is taught, why and how; and how undergraduate students' and lecturers' experience and evaluate the curriculum and the teaching and learning environment.

I am a co-ordinating editor of Higher Education, the leading Higher Education research journal and co-editor of the new Bloomsbury book series 'Understanding Student Experiences of Higher Education'. I am a member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research in Higher Education.

Career Details

Before coming to Lancaster, I spent four years researching students' experiences of learning at the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, University of Oxford and, before that, seven years implementing and researching peer learning at Newham College of Further Education.

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