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VIRTUAL EVENT: CHES-CDE doctoral seminar - session 4 of 4

07 July 2021, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

Group of students studying together. Image: Retha Ferguson via Pexels

As part of the CHES-CDE Doctoral Seminar Series, Dr Giulio Marini, Dr Tatiana Fumasoli and Dr Victoria Showunmi will present on the topic of doctoral education in this forth research event of the doctoral seminar series.

This event is free.

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Ilaria Olivieri

This event is part of the Centre for Higher Education Studies-Centre for Doctoral Education (CHES-CDE) seminar series. It will be particularly useful for those interested in doctoral education.


How to trace and hear from doctoral alumni

Speakers: Dr Giulio Marini and Associate Professor Tatiana Fumasoli

Currently, in the UK we have knowledge about doctoral holders’ employability and destinations (“doctoral leavers”) from official HESA data. This source assures to know where PhDs bred in the UK work, provided they remain in the UK or go to work in the EU.

There is still a dearth of knowledge about those who end to work outside the EU/UK. Among these latter target, arguably the Chinese nationals are the lion share. The statistical relevance of this target of doctoral leavers, and the still poor knowledge of doctoral employability, both concur to the necessity to shed more light in this phenomenon.

We are working on building an original dataset from public repositories (Ethos British Library + ORCID) to understand career trajectories of people who got a PhD in the UK some 10 years ago. The final step of this project is sampling some of these leavers.

We shall send them a pilot questionnaire to understand, retrospectively, the importance of having attained a PhD in the UK and the respective skills and abilities they developed during doctoral years and afterwards. 

One Hundred voices: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Black Students on their Journey to a PhD

Speaker: Dr Victoria Showunmi, Lecturer in Education, Chair of Athena Swan, UCL Institute of Education

There has been a great deal of research that has explored the existence of institutional racism in higher education (HE). Much of the research outlines the racism and discrimination faced by students in HE. Recent research suggests that such inequalities continue after graduation, with black and minority ethnic (BME) students more likely to be unemployed and earning less compared to white academics (National Equality Panel, 2010).

Whilst the numbers of BME students entering HE has been increasing, inequalities continue to persist. Despite significant increases in the numbers of BME groups attending and achieving degrees at universities, evidence suggests that this participation is not reflected in the representation of UK BME academic staff in higher education institutions. Currently BME academics make up 7.8% of the total population (ECU, 2014). 

This research will explore the BME PhD student experience whilst studying at the IOE. The research intends to deepen understanding of the student experience, so as to better inform the development of doctoral education and the wider research environment.

CHES-CDE Doctoral seminar series

Doctoral education has received increased attention in recent years with concerns expressed about access by minority ethnic groups, preparation for future careers and the appropriateness of institutional structures and support for supervisors. This series will explore these and further issues.


Image: Retha Ferguson via Pexels

About the Speakers

Dr Giulio Marini

Lecturer (Teaching) at Social Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education

Giulio Marini

Giulio is also an Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES), UCL Institute of Education.

Previously he was Research Associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education since 2016.

He has previously worked in post-doctoral positions at Scuola Normale Superiore, Center for Research on Higher Education Policies (CIPES), The National Research Council and Sapienza University where he got his PhD in Methodology for Social Sciences. He is also associate editor of European Journal of Higher Education. 

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Dr Tatiana Fumasoli

Associate Professor in Higher Education Studies and Director at Centre for Higher Education Studies, UCL Institute of Education

Dr Tatiana Fumasoli
Tatiana has vast expertise in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level on higher education management, governance and policy and in the coordination of international research projects. Her research interests lie at the intersection of management studies, organisation theory and sociology of professions and expertise.   More about Dr Tatiana Fumasoli

Dr Victoria Showunmi

Lecturer in Education and Chair of Athena Swan SAT Team at UCL Institute of Education

Victoria Showunmi

Victoria's research interests are gender, class, identity and race in the context of leadership and Black women and girls educational experience.

She has developed strong networks internationally in these research areas, in part through memberships of:

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), including the Black education special interest group (SIG) and Women Studies SIG
  • British Educational Research AssociatioN (BERA)
  • British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)
  • National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA).

She has been the Principal Investigator for girls’/women’s experience in education and the workplace, identity and leadership. She has publication links with colleagues in the USA, West Africa, Pakistan and Europe.

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