This book examines the key debates relating to the rights, responsibilities, policies and practices of the higher education sector when dealing with students from refugee backgrounds.
Exploring the political context of forced migration to countries of settlement, including the impact made by media rhetoric, Refugees in Higher Education identifies how such global issues frame and position the efforts of universities to open access to, and enable the participation of, refugee students. Focusing on the UK and Australia (representing a past colonising and a colonised country) and including a series of individual case studies, it asks challenging questions about the discourses around forced migration, and how these play out for students on a personal level.
With unprecedented levels of forced migration, and the growing strength of anti-immigration arguments as more power is conceded to alt-right conservative governments, Refugees in Higher Education is both a timely and much-needed contribution to its field.
Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is Head of Research, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is a sociologist of education with a particular interest in policy and practice relating to equity and diversity in higher education, widening participation, access and student success, pedagogic diversity and the stratification and marketisation of higher education; and is the co-editor of Religion and Higher Education in Europe and North America (Routledge, 2017). Dr Sally Baker is Research Associate, The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, University of Newcastle, Australia. She is a critical sociologist of language and education, whose research interests centre on language and literacies, cultural transitions and social justice. She is particularly interested in the interplay between policy, discourse and practices related to equity in higher education, and how precarity impacts on teaching and learning in adult learning contexts.