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Julia Hope has been working in Further Education and Higher Education since 1997. Her first degree was a BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science (Policy Studies) at the University of North London.  She studied an MA in Policy Studies in Education at the Institute of Education (University of London) a PGCE in Further Education at the University of Greenwich, a Postgraduate Certificate in Subject Learning Coaching, Oxford Brookes University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching HE, University of Chichester.

Julia worked for Bexley College, City and Islington College, Hastings College, and the University of Chichester.  Her doctoral studies were stipend funded by the University of Chichester (awarded by the University of Southampton) and set out to explore issues of equity in higher education and provided a greater understanding of the experiences of first generation students in their first semester at a case study campus.

Julia joined the Academic Practice Team in April 2014 and is the Academic Lead for the Route to Recognition for Experienced.  Staff Her research interests include first-generation students, dual professionals in higher education, higher education policy as well as aspects of teaching and learning in higher education.

Contact Information


Room 4, First Floor, UELT Building

01227 82 (7015)

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Hope, J. and Quinlan, K. M. (2020) "Staying local: how mature, working-class students on a satellite campus leverage community cultural wealth", Studies in Higher Education. Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2020.1725874.
Book section
Hope, J. and Colaiacomo, S. (2020) "Educational leaders: The value of professional development schemes for recognising influence in learning and teaching", in Sengupta, E., Blessinger, P., and Subhi Yamin, T. (eds.) Introduction to Sustainable Development Leadership and Strategies in Higher Education. Emerald, pp. 159-173. doi: 10.1108/S2055-364120200000022015.
Hope, J. and Colaiacomo, S. (2020) "Educational leaders: the Value of professional development schemes for recognizing influence in learning and teaching", in Sengupta, E., Blessinger, P., and Subhi Yamin, T. (eds.) Introduction to sustainable Development Leadership and strategies in Higher Education Innovations in Higher Education teaching and Learning. Emerald, pp. 161-175. doi: 10.1108/S2055-364120200000022015.
Hope, J. (2017) "'Cutting Rough Diamonds' The Transition Experiences of First Generation Students in HE", in Kyndt, E., Donche, V., Trigwell, K., and Lindblom-Ylanne, S. (eds.) Higher Education Transitions: Theory and research. Taylor & Francis. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/9781138670891.
Hope, J. (2014) Cutting 'rough diamonds' : first generation students in higher education.
Total publications in KAR: 5 [See all in KAR]
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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.

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External Activities

Papers presented at the following conferences:-

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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