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Research to change: a discussion about how researchers have created impact through their work

This online event hosted by the Social Justice SIG celebrated how colleagues have had an impact through their research and work.  All change achieved through our research is important. Change we achieve through research can affect a small number of individuals, a single class, a university, a community or even a broader group.  This session shared experiences of how researchers have brought about change and any tips and advice others can achieve through their work.

Draft Programme


Welcome and Introduction
John Parkin, Liliana Belkin, Gigi Chi Ying Lam; Social Justice SIG Convenors


Serving for Educational Excellence and Inclusion through Multicultural Teacher Training
Betul Babayigit, University of Nottingham


‘I liked asking the questions for a change’: The Power of a Participatory Research Committee with Adults with Intellectual Disabilities as Researchers
Cara Baer, University of Plymouth


From policy brief to non-statutory national guidance
Rachel Shanks, University of Aberdeen


Empowering and impacting higher education students: The student voice for social justice (SVSJ) pedagogical method
Carla Briffett-Aktaş, Xi’an Jiaotong University


Let’s talk about gender: participatory workshops exploring men in primary schools
John Parkin, Anglia Ruskin University




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Chairs and Speakers

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Gigi Chi Ying Lam, Dr

Musician-educator at Royal College of Music

Gigi Chi Ying Lam is a musician-educator from Hong Kong. She worked as an arts administrator and school music teacher before she started her doctoral studies at the Royal College of Music, London with Dr Dave Camlin and Dr Mary Stakelum. Her...

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Liliana Belkin, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Roehampton

Dr Liliana Belkin has a PhD in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from New York University and earned a US-UK Fulbright Core Scholar Fellowship in 2019-2020. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Roehampton in the School...

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John Parkin, Mr

Academic Employability Consultant at Anglia Ruskin University

John Parkin is an Academic Employability Consultant at Anglia Ruskin University where he works with academics and external partners to embed employability into courses. John Parkin was also a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Education and a Course...

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Cara Baer, Miss

Doctoral Teaching Assistant at University of Plymouth

Cara Baer is a PhD student, lecturer and researcher at the University of Plymouth (UK). Her research interests are in equitable opportunities within higher education and society, particularly through a social justice lens. Cara’s doctoral study...

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Betul Babayigit, Dr

Senior Research Fellow at University of Nottingham

Betul is a postdoctoral researcher in an ESRC-funded adult education project conducted collaboratively by the University of Glasgow and the University of Nottingham. She earned her BA in English Language Teaching from the Middle East Technical...

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Rachel Shanks, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education at University of Aberdeen

Rachel Shanks is a senior lecturer in education at the University of Aberdeen. In the 1990s she was a law lecturer and then worked for the TUC on its Bargaining for Skills project. She has also been a community education tutor and worked in the...

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Carla Briffett-Aktaş, Dr

Xi'an Jiaotong University

Dr Carla Briffett-Aktaş is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong University and is the principal investigator on a project titled ‘Developing the SVSJ pedagogical method: An international...

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