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Sue Jackson, BA, MA, PhD

Pro-Vice-Master, Learning and Teaching
Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender

About Sue Jackson

Employment history

  • Sue joined Birkbeck in October 2001, where she is Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender and Pro-Vice-Master, Learning and Teaching. She is a member of the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy. Sue directs the newly established Centre for Transformative Practice in Learning and Teaching.
  • Sue supervises education and lifelong learning doctoral students.
  • Previous positions include:
    • senior lecturer in women’s studies, University of Surrey Roehampton
    • lecturer in education studies, University of East London
    • associate lecturer, Open University

Professional affiliations/memberships

  • Member International Advisory board International Academic Forum, Japan
  • Expert advisor, adult continuing education and lifelong learning, British Council's 'Development Partnerships in Higher Education programme'
  • UK representative, UNESCO-based World Committee for Lifelong Learning
  • Executive and Council Member, Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL)
  • Editorial Boards, Teaching in Higher Education; Women's Studies International Forum
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member Teaching Fund Advisory Group, Higher Education Funding Council for England (2011 to 2013)
  • Member Teaching, Quality and Student Experience Strategic Committee, Higher Education Funding Council for England (2011 to date)

Funding received (2006-date)

  • Higher Education Academy (2013.14) ‘Transforming Assessment’ (£8,000)
  • TEMPUS IV Programme (PI Gordon College of Education, Haifa, Israel) – ‘Developing an international model for curricular reform in multicultural education and cultural diversity training of students of education and teachers’ (total grant €916,363 / to BBK €10,129)
  • Higher Education Academy (2012-15) Doctoral Programme Studentship ‘Impact of retention strategies on part-time mature students in higher education’ (£60,516)
    • Nuffield Foundation (2012-13) ‘A critical assessment of new ways of involving student mothers in higher education’ (with Callender, C and Jamieson, A) (£69,867)
    • Higher Education Academy Workshop and Seminar Series (2012) ‘Strategies for retention – transition and integration‘ (with King, T) (£500) UnionLearn (2011-12)
    • ‘Examining the benefits of participation in different kinds of learning activities provided within the framework of UnionLearn’ (with Jamieson, A and Callender, C) (£61,367)
      ESRC/TSB Knowledge Transfer Partnership (2008-10)
    • ‘Developing leadership skills, global citizenship and intercultural communicative competence among young people’, with Raleigh International and Zhu Hua (£82,618)
    • SRC RES-148-25-0022 (2007-8) Intersecting identities: Women’s spaces of sociality in post-colonial London (Identities and Social Action Programme), project continuation (£14,348)

    Research interests

    • Sue's research interests include lifelong learning and learner identities, especially regarding the intersections of gender, social class and age, and she supervises research students in these areas.
    • Sue’s research interests include her work on three ESRC-funded research projects:
      • (2007) ESRC RES-148-25-0022 Intersecting identities: Women's spaces of sociality in post-colonial London (Identities and Social Action Programme) (with Dr Rosie Cox, Dr Dina Kiwan and Dr Yasmeen Narayan)
      • (2005) ESRC RES-000-22-1441 Learning citizenship: lifelong learning, community and the Women's Institutes.
      • (2004) ESRC seminar series RES-451-26-0141, (jointly with Professor Jacky Brine, Dr Christina Hughes and Dr Loraine Blaxter) Gender and Lifelong Learning.

    Areas of research supervision

    • Gender and education; feminist theory and research; lifelong learning; gender, class and citizenship
    • If you are considering applying for MPhil/PhD research in any of these areas, you are advised to contact Professor Jackson about your research plan before making an application.

    Books

    • Challenges and Inequalities in Lifelong Learning and Social Justice (2013) (edited book) London: Routledge
    • Lifelong Learning and Social Justice: communities, work and identities in a globalised world (2011) (edited book) Leicester: NIACE
    • Gendered choices: Learning, Work, Identities in Lifelong Learning (2011) (co-edited book, with Malcolm, I. and Thomas, K.), Dordrecht: Springer Academic Press
    • Innovations in lifelong learning: critical perspectives on diversity, participation and vocational learning (2010) (edited book), London: Routledge
    • (2007) Challenges and negotiations for women in higher education (co-edited book, jointly with Professor Gayle Letherby and Pam Coterill) (Springer Academic Press, 2007)
    • (2007) Reconceptualising lifelong learning (co-authored book, jointly with Dr Penny Burke) (RoutledgeFalmer, 2007)
    • Differently academic: developing lifelong learning for women in higher education (Kluwer Academic Press, 2004).

    Chapters in books (2006-date)

    • “Learning through social spaces: migrant women and lifelong learning in postcolonial London” in Guo, S. (ed) (2013) Transnational migration and lifelong learning, Abingdon: Routledge
    • "Beyond the home: informal learning and community practice for older women" (with Jan Etienne) in Jackson (ed) (2010) Innovations in lifelong learning: critical perspectives on diversity, participation and vocational learning, London: Routledge
    • "Lifelong learning in later years: choices and constraints for older women" (with Jan Etienne) in Jackson et al (2011) Gendered choices: Learning, Work, Identities in Lifelong Learning, Dordrecht: Springer Academic Press
    • Living London: Women negotiating identities in a post-colonial city" (2009) in Wetherell, M. (ed) Identity in the 21st Century: New Trends in Changing Times Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan (with Cox, R., Khatwa, M. and Kiwan, D.)
    • "Women and Work/Life Balance: A Higher Education Perspective" (with Loumansky A and Goodman S) in Cotterill P, Jackson S and Letherby G (eds) (2007) Challenges and negotiations for women in higher education. Dordrecht: Springer Press

    Journal articles (2006-date)

    • “Foundations for learning?: foundation degrees, learner identities and part-time learners”, International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, November 2012 (5:1)
    • “Supporting part-time learners in higher education: equalities and inequalities”, Journal of Social Inclusion: Special issue – Social Inclusion in Higher Education, 3:1, May 2012, pp 58-70
    • “‘Lost ladies’: Lifelong learning and community participation for older women”, Studies in the Education of Adults, Spring 2012
    • (2010) 'Learning through social spaces: migrant women and lifelong learning in post-colonial London' in Journal of Vocational Education and Training - Special issue: Lifelong Education in the Age of Transnational Migration.
    • (2009) ‘Living London: Women negotiating identities in a post-colonial city’ in M. Wetherell (ed.) Liveable Lives: Negotiating Identities in New Times Hampshire. Palgrave Macmillan (with R. Cox, M. Khatwa and D. Kiwan).
    • (2009) 'Higher education, mature students and employment goals: policies and practices in the UK', Journal of Vocational Education and Training 61(4): pp.399-411 (with Jamieson, A)
    • (2008) 'Diversity, Identity and Belonging: Women's Spaces of Sociality' The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8(3): pp.147-154
    • (2007) 'Freire re-viewed' Educational Theory, 57:1
    • (December 2006) 'Foundation degrees and the knowledge economy', Journal of Vocational Education and Training: Special issue on Gender matters. Perspectives on women, work and training (with Professor Jacky Brine, University of West of England and Professor Sue Webb, Sheffield) 58(4): pp.563-576
    • (October 2006) 'Gender, class and "race" in lifelong learning: policy and practice in the UK and EU' introduction to special issue of the British Educational Research Journal, 32(5): pp.643-648 (with Professor Jacky Brine, University of West of England, and Dr Loraine Blaxter and Dr Christina Hughes, University of Warwick
    • (Spring 2006) 'Jam, Jerusalem and Calendar Girls: lifelong learning and the WI', Studies in the Education of Adults 38:1: pp.74-90
    • Editor special edition – “Lifelong learning and social justice” International Journal of Lifelong Education, (summer 2011)
    • Associate Editor, The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8 (2008)
    • Joint editor special edition (with Brine, J., Blaxter, L. and Hughes, C.) (2006) – “Gender, Class and 'Race' in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Practice in the UK and EU” British Educational Research Journal, 5: 32 (including intro: pp 643-648)