This research project aims to help bridge the knowledge gap between rural schools and higher education in South Africa. Researchers are collaborating with colleagues based at the University of Bristol and the University of Johannesburg. Together, they have been awarded funding of £550,000 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). The University of Brighton have a £35,984 portion of the overall grant.
Professor Gina Wisker leads on this project for the University of Brighton and it builds on her previous Higher Education Academy International Sir Ron Cooke Scholarship work on ‘Education for social justice, critical professionalism and capabilities’. Professor Wisker is a visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg and this project benefits from a strong and practised collaboration between the three institutions.
This 30-month research project commenced in October 2016 and will end in March 2019.
The project addresses key themes identified by the ESRC-NRF Newton Fund, particularly ‘equity in higher education access and participation’ and ‘curriculum, pedagogy and modes and levels of provision’. The project fits well with the University of Brighton’s widening participation and social justice agenda, which includes several CLT projects.
The aims of this research project are to:
This project is ongoing; output, findings and impact will be updated in due course.
Professor Gina Wisker
University of Bristol, UK
University of Johannesburg, South Africa