Portrait of Dr Julia Hope

Dr Julia Hope

Centre for the Study of Higher Education - Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice


Julia Hope is a Senior Lecturer and the Academic Lead for the Route to Recognition for Experienced Staff (HEA CPD). Julia is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests include first-generation students, dual professionals in higher education, higher education policy, and aspects of teaching and learning in higher education.

Julia is an external examiner and provides professional advice as appropriate for similar CPD schemes

Research interests

My PhD ‘Cutting Rough Diamonds: First Generation Students in Higher Education,’ provided an insight into higher education (HE) participation, which has become an important focus for policy debate and research. This is the result of on-going attempts to expand the HE system in line with wider policies promoting a ‘knowledge economy’ and resulting from policy concerns with equity and inclusion.

I am particularly interested in the shift in a learner’s academic development from concrete experience to theoretical analysis.



  • 2022 - Migration and Movement Small Grant (University of Kent)
  • 2019 - £3000 Research Led Teaching (University of Kent, DVC Research Award)
  • 2018 - £1000 Teaching Enhancement Small Support Award (University of Kent)
  • 2017 - £4000 Teaching Different: Inspiring Educators to Innovate (University of Kent, Student Union)


  • 2018 -  £3000 Newer Researchers Award (Society for Research in HE)
  • 2012 - £3000 funded project linked to the university's priorities of improving quality and partnerships with employers (University of Chichester)
  • 2010 - £10,000 funded project to examine the outcomes data of Aimhigher Sussex Year 12-13 cohort over three years (Aimhigher Sussex)


  • 2020-current: PhD Supervisor for University of Kent student. Thesis: 'Differently literate? The information literacy of students with print disabilities in Higher Education'.
  • 2020-current: PhD Supervisor for University of Kent student. Thesis: 'Intrapreneurship: A study to identify fit within Higher Education teaching pedagogy in business management provision'.


Selected Conference and Research Group Presentations

  • March 2021 - Cara Teaching and Learning Exchange Series. Invited presenter (online presentation to Syrian colleagues in Turkey). Teaching as a professional activity.
  • February 2021 - The rise of the Dual Professional: from practitioner to lecturer. Chair and presenter. SRHE.
  • September 2020 - The Impact of the HEA Fellowship joint writing retreats. Presenter. Medway Festival of Learning and Teaching.
  • December 2019 - The rise of the Dual Professional. Symposium presenter. SRHE Annual Research Conference.
  • June 2019 - School of Education Research and Enterprise Conference. Presenter. University of Brighton.
  • May 2019 - Future Learn Partners Forum. Presenter. University of Southampton.
  • December 2018 - CARA (Council for At-Risk Academics) Syria Soiree. Invited presenter (online presentation to Syrian colleagues in Turkey). Applying for HEA Fellowship.
  • November 2018 - Recognise and articulate leadership in learning and teaching. Presenter. SEDA Annual Conference.
  • July 2016 - Why am I at university? Who am I? Re-conceptualising the concept of agency. Presenter. BSA Bourdieu Study Group's Inaugural Biennial Conference 2016: The contemporary relevance of the work of Pierre Bourdieu.
  • April 2016 - University: it's like work, but your parents are proud of you. Presenter. Open University Conference, Transforming lives through life-wide learning.
  • December 2015 - A local perspective of the First-Generation Students Experience. Symposium presenter. SHRE Annual Research Conference.
  • November 2015 - Being and Becoming a university student. First-Generation Students in Higher Education: A model of Transition. Presenter. ICERl2015 the 8th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Seville (Spain).
  • November 2014 - Cutting Rough Diamond First Generation students in Higher Education. Presenter. The 5th biennial international conference convened by the Institute of Education and Beijing Normal University.
  • August 2014 - I don't really know anyone who's been to university. Presenter. 11th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform at Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland (Canada).
  • August 2013 - The First Semester Transition Process: A Case Study of First-Generation Students in Higher Education. Nominated to present at the Cumberland Lodge Conference 'Life Beyond the PhD' on behalf of the University of Chichester.
  • July 2013 - The Transition Experience of First-Generation Students in their first Semester of Study at a Case Study Campus. Awarded a SPA bursary, Invited presenter. Social Policy Association (SPA) Annual Conference.
  • March 2013 - First Generation Students Transition Experience during Their First Semester of Study. Awarded an HEA bursary, Invited presenter. Higher Education Academy’s ‘What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK’ conference.

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education
  • Member of the Social Policy Association
  • Member of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education
  • Member of Staff and Education Development Association

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