Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

Academic (un)belonging and the neoliberal university: A comparative institutional case study of postgraduate researchers’ experiences at two English universities

The aim of this research is to explore the lived experiences of academic (un)belonging among a diversity of PGRs across pre-92 and post-92 (‘new’) universities in England and how these relate to conceptions of the neoliberal university, with a particular concern with the experiences and inclusion of minority ethnic and international groups.

Current Projects
Higher Education
Mental health and vulnerability

The purpose of this project is to gain insights into experiences of academic belonging and non-belonging among a diversity of doctoral students at pre- and post-92 universities, in order to:

  • support doctoral students (e.g. through identifying relevant academic networks and support fora that may be helpful); 
  • help develop university policy and practice responses in this area; and
  • generate support mechanisms led by postgraduate research (PGR) students, where desired.

The project is taking place at two universities, University of Wolverhampton and University of Birmingham, between September 2021 and August 2022. 

It is funded by the SMaRteN Student Mental Health Network which is based at Kings College London and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).