Catherine Kelly

Education, Student Rep

PhD Researcher in Education (ESRC 1+3)
Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol

Start date: October 2018

Research topic: The Influence of Widening Participation Evaluation on Practice and Policy Decision Making in English Higher Education

My MSc and PhD project seeks to explore the influence of widening participation evaluation practices within English Higher Education on practice and policy decisions. The research will use multiple-methods including documentary analysis of policy documents and semi-structured interviews with policy-makers, widening participation managers, practitioners and evaluators to pragmatically develop plausible theories of evaluation influence within the higher education sector. My research is conducted with support from the Office for Students and seeks to build collaborative partnerships with higher education institutions and policy-makers to ensure findings are practically significant and add value to existing guidance to improve evaluation practice in the sector.

Research supervisors: Professor Sally Thomas, Dr Jo Rose

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SWDTP Student Rep