I have been a Lecturer in the Department of Higher Education since 2019. I initially joined the department as a Research Fellow in 2017 to project manage the scaling up and evaluation of a research-informed intervention that aimed to enhance students' assessment and feedback literacies, and self-regulation skills. Prior to my roles at the University of Surrey, I was a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. I was was awarded a PhD in 2016 for research on individual differences in undergraduates’ research methods learning.
Affiliations and memberships
My research broadly explores the impact of students’ backgrounds and the university environment on their experiences of higher education. My main areas of focus cover the following:
Moving away from the ubiquitous notion of a homogeneous ‘student experience’, I am interested in exploring the wide-ranging diversity in students’ expectations and experiences of university as they transition into and through higher education.
Differential Student Outcomes
Emphasising the importance of understanding the role of diversity in the ‘student experience’, I am currently exploring a novel quantitative approach to monitoring the presence of differential outcomes (i.e. equality gaps) and identifying possible causes. This approach aims to encourage a shift away from ‘deficit’ views of differential outcomes being attributed solely to students’ prior attainment to also account for the impact of the university environment.
Assessment and Feedback Literacies
University environment factors that can impact on differential outcomes include assessment and feedback practices, so my research explores ways in which equal outcomes can be supported through inclusive practices that develop students’ assessment and feedback literacies, whilst also enhancing their autonomy and self-regulation skills.
Indicators of esteem
Recipient of Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions Seal of Excellence Award for project proposal
Member of the Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Journal’s College of Reviewers
Psychology advisory board member, Pearson Education Ltd.
Postgraduate research supervision
10/17 - present: Karishma Sharma Ramdhonee-Dowlot, Enhancing children’s emotional well-being, social skills and cognitive control using the transdiagnostic prevention programme, Super Skills for Life (SSL), in Mauritius (external co-supervisor).
I am the module leader for Module 1 of the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (GCLT) programme.
I coordinate the Professional Development Workshop programme for all staff and PGRs at the University.
I contribute to supervision of students on the MA in Higher Education programme.