Projects per year
My research concerns students’ lived experiences of higher education, inequalities and social justice, which are all critical in a changing world. I research the connections between digital, spatial, social and historical inequalities in higher education and the importance of student agency in overcoming these. I have pioneered working with students as co-researchers to research their own learning lives across many different contexts nationally and internationally..
I was the Principal Investigator on a three year (2016 - 19) ESRC/NRF/Newton funded project based in South Africa called SARiHE (Southern African Rurality in Higher Education – see http://sarihe.org.za) with partners from the Universities of Johannesburg, Rhodes and Fort Hare and in the UK, University of Brighton. The research is about inequalities in access and participation in higher education. We investigated how students from rural areas in South Africa negotiate the transition to higher education foregrounding the social and cultural capital they bring and how they are shaped by their home, school and community.
Other recent work includes an EU funded widening participation project called Access4All (see http://access4allproject.eu) on access and inclusion and which acts as a laboratory for the creation of innovative and flexible strategies to support universities across Europe. From 2013 – 2016, I led a study funded by the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation Research Fund called ‘DD-lab’ or Digital Diversity, learning and belonging, investigating the role of digital media in fostering a culture of belonging amongst undergraduate students from non-traditional backgrounds.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in areas related to the above interests - in particular widening participation, social justice, students’ lived experiences and identities, digital inequalities, cultures and practices in higher education.
Structured keywords and research groupings
- SoE Centre for Higher Education Transformations
- Higher Education
- participatory research methods
- digital divides
- lived experience
1/10/16 → 30/09/19
23/10/18 → 23/04/19
Encounters with coloniality: Students’ experiences of transitions from rural contexts into higher education in South AfricaTimmis, S., Mgqwashu, E. M., Naidoo, K., Muhuro, P., Trahar, S. M., Lucas, L., Wisker, G. & de Wet, T., 19 Oct 2019, In: Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning . 7, Special Issue, p. 76 -101 25 p., 5.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)66 Downloads (Pure)
De-coding or de-colonising the technocratic university? Rural students’ digital transitions to South African higher education.Timmis, S. & Muhuro, P., 10 Jun 2019, In: Learning, Media and Technology. 44, 3, p. 252 -266 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)22 Downloads (Pure)
Under-represented students’ university trajectories: building alternative identities and forms of capital through digital improvisationsTimmis, S. & Munoz-Chereau, B., 2 Dec 2019, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Teaching in Higher Education. 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)4 Downloads (Pure)
Sue Timmis (Chair)24 Oct 2019 → …
Activity: Membership types › Membership of external research organisation
Sue Timmis (Invited speaker)2 May 2019
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Invited talk
Timmis, S. E., 2010
Supervisor: Barnes, S. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)