Launching the Syrian Academics and Researchers Network in the UK
The Higher Education (HE) sector can play an essential role in supporting Syria emerging from a conflict to recover. It has the potential to promote peacebuilding by sending messages of peacebuilding, addressing inequalities, teaching peace studies, promoting participatory learning, and providing a space for research on peace-related topics. Therefore, building the sector’s capacity appears crucial for …
The Israel-Palestine Issue: how to facilitate free debate
Universities today face challenges on how to facilitate free debate and academic freedom around politically sensitive issues such as Israel-Palestine. Why do university administrations and staff face such difficulties? How can these be overcome? To address such questions, the ‘OU for Ceasefire in Gaza Group’ held a webinar on 15th December 2023.
What does ethical solidarity look like for academic professional bodies in times of unfolding genocide?
We write this piece as a group of education researchers working in the fields of international education and development, including with respect to conflict studies, forced migration and comparative studies, witnessing the unfolding of genocide in Palestine.
Accreditation outcomes and the voices of teaching staff
This blog entry highlights some key discussions from my research which examined the outcomes of the accreditation exercises conducted between 2005 and 2015 by the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria, the perspectives and lived experiences of professors in the Nigerian University System (NUS), the academic standard documents in use, the process of conducting accreditation, the …
A Conversation on Decolonisation and Education
BAICE organised a webinar discussion on April 25, 2023, on the topic of decolonisation and education. Our esteemed panel consisted of Professor Carolina Guzmán-Valenzuela (Universidad de Tarapaca, Chile), Professor Syed Farid Alatas (National University of Singapore), and Dr Riyad Shahjahan (Michigan State University, US). Dr Jack Lee (University of Edinburgh, UK) moderated the conversation among the …
‘Out-of-school girls’: do we need to re-think the terminology?
For the past decade we have been working on a range of research and practitioner initiatives with adolescent and young women in southern Africa. Their lives have been distinct and diverse, with periods of financial comfort and stability as well as poverty and uncertainty.
Combatting a poverty of play: revisiting the global landscape of post-pandemic play and learning
Famed developmental psychologist and English paediatrician Donald Winnicott said, “there is, for many, a poverty of play” (Playing and Reality, 1971). Despite play’s status in developmental literature as being key to both learning and wellbeing, Winnicott’s observation has come to characterise the landscape of childhood in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working at the confluence of research and implementation to support girls’ education: Reflections on the REAL Centre – CAMFED partnership
The partnership between the Research of Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre and the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is centred around our mutual commitment to gender equality in and through education. This blog highlights key lessons from our partnership working at the confluence of research and implementation with the aim of supporting …
BAICE OR REPLACE? My Experience of the 2022 BAICE Conference as a PhD Student
First, grab a cup of tea, coffee, water or whatever you enjoy drinking. This is going to be interesting… Attending academic conferences I believe is a tradition for researchers. So when the opportunity to participate in BAICE 2022 came up, I was keen to be a part of it. Not just as a delegate but also …
Sharing experiences of youth partnership in conflict contexts: Reflections from the BAICE conference
The British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) 2022 Conference was held at the University of Edinburgh from September 13th to 15th. After two years of mostly virtual conferences, BAICE provided many scholars and practitioners the opportunity to meet and share their perspectives around the theme of ‘partnership.’
The impact of COVID-19 on education: Lessons learnt for access, quality, and pedagogy
This webinar focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in developed and developing countries. Bringing together scholars and practitioners in social sciences, it explores how education systems at various levels have responded to challenges posed by COVID-19 over the past three years and the implications for access, equity, quality, and pedagogy.
Storytelling as a research methodology
This podcast episode is a conversation with the team working on the Ibali Network Project. The Ibali Network is a collective of researchers from the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. The team uses storytelling to explore commonalities and differences of how inclusion and exclusion are experienced across education systems in South Africa, Nigeria and the UK, …