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.


External Activities

Papers presented at the following conferences:-

  • June 2019 - University of Brighton, School of Education Research and Enterprise Conference.
  • June 2019 - Heads of eLearning Forum - City University London
  • June 2019 - Future Learn Partners Forum, University of Southampton
  • November 2018 - SEDA Annual Conference, 2018. Recognise and articulate leadership in learning and teaching
  • July 2018 - Academic Practice 2018 Conference, University of Greenwich
  • June 2018 - The 2nd Active Learning Conference, University of Sussex
  • October 2017 - Technology in HE (Westminster HE Forum)
  • July 2017 - British Sociology Association Sociology of Education Study Group Conference
  • December 2016 - Society for Research in Higher Education. Exploring Freedom and Control in Global Higher Education.
  • April 2016 - Open University Conference, Transforming lives through life-wide learning
  • November 2015 - CERl2015 the 8th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Seville
  • August 2014 - 11th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform at Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland
  • July 2012, at the University of Chichester’s Annual Research Conference.
  • December 2012, at the Society for Research in Higher Education, ‘Newer Researchers Conference.’
  • March 2013, at the Higher Education Academy’s ‘What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK’ conference for which I was awarded a HEA bursary.
  • July 2013, at Social Policy Association (SPA) Annual Conference for which I have been awarded a SPA bursary. I also have a submission for publication associated with this conference.
  • July 2013, at the University of Chichester’s Annual Research Conference.
  • August 2013, I was nominated to present at the Cumberland Lodge Conference ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ on behalf of the University of Chichester.

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