Sense of Belonging

Synopsis

This research explores whether 1Black postgraduate research students (PGRs) experience specific challenges in gaining a sense of belonging within higher education institutions (HEIs) . The study draws on critical race theory as a lens to examine how dominant, White, Eurocentric, gendered norms persist within institutional cultures, epistemologies and academic practice. Findings are based on in-depth interviews with 10 1Black PGRs at HEIs across the UK and will be used to develop strategies that enhance sense of belonging within the research environment.

Outputs

This research project is currently at the data analysis stage. Outputs will be generated in 2020

1‘Black’ is used politically and inclusively and refers to people of African descent, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese and multiracial backgrounds. While it is accepted that these groups are heterogeneous, we are united as a strategy to foster unity and facilitate collaboration. See our statement on racial categorisation and terminology.