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Dr Joanna Williams

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education

Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (UELT)


Joanna is a part time member of the academic practice team. Her usual working day is Wednesday each week.

Joanna convenes the module UN824 Interrogating Higher Education Research.

Joanna supervises PhD students researching internationalisation, student voice and student learning support.

Joanna is tutor to participants on the MA in Higher Education.

Joanna joined the Academic Practice Team at the University of Kent in 2007. She was programme director of the MA in Higher Education and Director of the Study for Higher Education between 2014 and 2016.

Joanna has written two books: Consuming Higher Education (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She has also written numerous journal articles and book chapters on higher education and the public good, students as consumers, and higher education policy.

In 2015 Joanna and her PhD student George Mindano received a grant from QAA to explore the impact of the NSS. She also received a grant from SRHE, along with colleague David Roberts, to explore the concept of academic integrity.

In Spring 2016 Joanna began working one day a week in order to pursue other projects.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Naidoo, R. and Williams, J. (2014). The neoliberal regime in English higher education: charters, consumers and the erosion of the public good. Critical Studies in Education [Online]:1-18. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2014.939098.
Williams, J. (2014). A critical exploration of changing definitions of public good in relation to higher education. Studies in Higher Education [Online]:0-0. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2014.942270.
Naidoo, R. and Williams, J. (2014). Student Agreements and Student Consumers:The Marketization of Learning and the Erosion of Higher Education as a Public Good. Peking University Education Review [Online] 1:36-52. Available at: http://caod.oriprobe.com/articles/40995791/Student_Agreements_and_Student_Consumers_The_Marketization_of_Learning.htm.
Williams, J. (2012). Where's the learning in lifelong participation? Journal of Further and Higher Education [Online] 36:95-107. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2011.596197.
Williams, J. (2011). A review of the Higher Education Close Up 5 conference. Teaching in Higher Education 16:353-363.
Williams, J. (2011). Raising Expectations or Constructing Victims? Problems with promoting social inclusion through lifelong learning. International Journal of Lifelong Education [Online] 30:451-467. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2011.588461.
Williams, J. (2008). Constructing social inclusion through further education – the dangers of instrumentalism. Journal of Further and Higher Education [Online] 32:151-160. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098770801911095.
Williams, J. (2005). Skill as metaphor: an analysis of terminology used in Success for All and 21st Century Skills. Journal of Further and Higher Education 29:181-190.
Williams, J. (2012). Consuming Higher Education: Why Learning Can't Be Bought. [Online]. New York: Continuum. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Consuming-Higher-Education-Learning-Bought/dp/1441183604/ref=tmm_pap_title_0.
Conference or workshop item
Williams, J. (2007). The social construction of inclusion through Further Education. in: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference.
Book section
Williams, J. (2014). Defending knowledge as the public good of higher education. in: Goastellec, G. and Picard, F. eds. Higher Education in Societies:A Multi Scale Perspective. Sense.
Williams, J. (2010). Constructing consumption: what media representations reveal about today's students. in: The Marketisation of Higher Education and the Student as Consumer. Routledge, pp. 170-183.
Williams, J. (2007). A Beginner's Guide to Lecturing. in: Hayes, D., Marshall, T. and Turner, A. eds. A Lecturer's Guide to Further Education. Milton Keynes: Open University Press, pp. 33-48. Available at: http://mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0335220185.html.
Williams, J. (2004). Afraid to teach? in: The RoutledgeFalmer Guide to Key Debates in Education. Routledge, pp. 37-42.
Total publications in KAR: 14 [See all in KAR]



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  • The construction of students as consumers Higher Education as a public good Knowledge in the university curriculum The impact of 'student voice' upon HE pedagogy The formalisation of the student experience through institutional charters
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  • 2013, Marketing postgraduate courses: education or employability? Paper presented at the Society for Research in Higher Education, Newport, December 2013.

  • 2013, Exploring the changed relationship between higher education and the public good, Paper presented at the CHER conference, Lausanne, September.

  • 2012, Problematising the public good in higher education policy, Paper accepted to be presented at Society for Research into Higher Education, Newport, Wales.

  • 2012, Promoting the University: Constructing Students as Consumers, Paper accepted to be presented at Society for Research into Higher Education, Newport, Wales.

  • 2011, Consumers or Participants? Exploring the pedagogic expectations of fee-paying university students, Paper presented at British Educational Research Association, Institute of Education, September 2011

  • 2010, Constructing Students: consumer or participants? Paper presented at Higher Education Close Up 5, University of Lancaster, July 2010

  • 2009, Where’s the learning in lifelong participation? Paper presented at the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning Conference, University of Stirling

  • 2008, What can we learn from media representations of students as consumers?  Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education New Researchers/Student Conference, Liverpool.

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  • 2013, £1000 from the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent to conduct a small-scale research project on the impact of student charters.

  • 2009, £3,000 from the Society for Educational Studies to hold a one-day conference Shaping Academic Work: The Next Ten Years, 27/11/09

  • 2008, £400 from the Higher Education Academy to hold a seminar Inclusive Higher Education: Who Benefits? 4/3/08

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