Department of Education

Neil Harrison

Deputy Director of the Rees Centre and Senior Researcher

Neil Harrison is a senior researcher and deputy director of the Rees Centre.

Neil’s primary area of research interest is around access to higher education, especially for groups of people who are disadvantaged or marginalised in society.  This includes topics such as financial support, outreach programmes, alternative qualification routes and the factors underpinning student success.  He has also researched around the engagement of students in internationalised universities and the concept of global citizenship, as well as having an interest in epistemology and ‘expertise’.  Neil has recently led commissioned projects for the Office for Students (formerly the Office for Fair Access) and the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers.

Originally trained as an applied statistician, Neil now uses a mixed methods and interdisciplinary approach drawing on concepts and methodologies from sociology, psychology, economics and social policy.

He is an executive editor for Teaching in Higher Education journal, an elected member of the governing council for the Society for Research into Higher Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Publications:

  • Book chapters

    • Harrison, N (2017) “Patterns of participation in a period of change: Social trends in english higher education from 2000 to 2016”, In: Higher Education and Social Inequalities: University Admissions, Experiences, and Outcomes. 54-80
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315449722

    • Harrison, N, Peacock, N (2009) “Interactions in the international classroom: The UK perspective”, In: Internationalisation and the Student Voice: Higher Education Perspectives. 125-142
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203865309

    • Harrison, N “Student choices under uncertainty: bounded rationality and behavioural economics”, In: Access to higher education: theoretical perspectives and contemporary challenges.. Routledge.

  • Journal articles

    • Harrison, N, Davies, S, Harris, R, Waller, R (2018) “Access, participation and capabilities: theorising the contribution of university bursaries to students’ well-being, flourishing and success”, Cambridge Journal of Education. 1-19.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2017.1401586

    • Harrison, N, Waller, R (2018) “Challenging discourses of aspiration: The role of expectations and attainment in access to higher education”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 44(5) 914-938.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3475

    • Harrison, N (2018) “Students-as-insurers: rethinking ‘risk’ for disadvantaged young people considering higher education in England”, Journal of Youth Studies.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2018.1535174

    • Harrison, N (2018) “Using the lens of 'possible selves' to explore access to higher education: A new conceptual model for practice, policy, and research”, Social Sciences. 7(10)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7100209

    • Harrison, N, McCaig, C (2017) “Examining the epistemology of impact and success of educational interventions using a reflective case study of university bursaries”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 43(2) 290-309.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3263

    • Harrison, N, Waller, R (2017) “Evaluating outreach activities: overcoming challenges through a realist ‘small steps’ approach”, Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education. 21(2-3) 81-87.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13603108.2016.1256353

    • Harrison, N, Waller, R (2017) “Success and Impact in Widening Participation Policy: What Works and How Do We Know?”, HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY. 30(2) 141-160.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1057/s41307-016-0020-x

    • d’Aguiar, S, Harrison, N (2016) “Returning from earning: UK graduates returning to postgraduate study, with particular respect to STEM subjects, gender and ethnicity”, Journal of Education and Work. 29(5) 584-613.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2014.1001332

    • Harrison, N, Agnew, S (2016) “Individual and Social Influences on Students’ Attitudes to Debt: a Cross-National Path Analysis Using Data from England and New Zealand”, Higher Education Quarterly. 70(4) 332-353.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12094

    • Harrison, N (2015) “Practice, problems and power in 'internationalisation at home': critical reflections on recent research evidence”, TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION. 20(4) 412-430.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2015.1022147

    • Harrison, N, James, D, Last, K (2015) “Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone? Skills-led qualifications, secondary school attainment and policy choices”, RESEARCH PAPERS IN EDUCATION. 30(5) 585-608.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2014.1002526

    • Harrison, N, McCaig, C (2015) “An ecological fallacy in higher education policy: the use, overuse and misuse of ‘low participation neighbourhoods’”, Journal of Further and Higher Education. 39(6) 793-817.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2013.858681

    • Agnew, S, Harrison, N (2015) “Financial literacy and student attitudes to debt: A cross national study examining the influence of gender on personal finance concepts”, JOURNAL OF RETAILING AND CONSUMER SERVICES. 25 122-129.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jretconser.2015.04.006

    • Harrison, N, Chudry, F, Waller, R, Hatt, S (2015) “Towards a typology of debt attitudes among contemporary young UK undergraduates”, Journal of Further and Higher Education. 39(1) 85-107.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2013.778966

    • Harrison, N, Agnew, S, Serido, J (2015) “Attitudes to debt among indebted undergraduates: A cross-national exploratory factor analysis”, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PSYCHOLOGY. 46 62-73.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2014.11.005

    • Waller, R, Harrison, N, Hatt, S, Chudry, F (2014) “Undergraduates' memories of school-based work experience and the role of social class in placement choices in the UK”, Journal of Education and Work. 27(3) 323-349.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2012.742183

    • Harrison, N (2013) “Modelling the demand for higher education by local authority area in England using academic, economic and social data”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 39(5) 793-816.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3000

    • Harrison, N, Hatt, S (2012) “Expensive and failing? The role of student bursaries in widening participation and fair access in England”, STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. 37(6) 695-712.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2010.539679

    • Harrison, N (2012) “Investigating the impact of personality and early life experiences on intercultural interaction in internationalised universities”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS. 36(2) 224-237.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2011.03.007

    • Harrison, N, Chudry, F (2011) “Overactive, overwrought or overdrawn? the role of personality in undergraduate financial knowledge, decision-making and debt”, Journal of Further and Higher Education. 35(2) 149-182.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2010.540080

    • Harrison, N (2011) “Have the changes introduced by the 2004 Higher Education Act made higher education admissions in England wider and fairer?”, JOURNAL OF EDUCATION POLICY. 26(3) 449-468.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2010.513742

    • Harrison, N, Peacock, N (2010) “Cultural distance, mindfulness and passive xenophobia: using Integrated Threat Theory to explore home higher education students' perspectives on 'internationalisation at home'”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 36(6) 877-902.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/01411920903191047

    • Harrison, N, Hatt, S (2010) “'Disadvantaged learners': Who are we targeting? Understanding the targeting of widening participation activity in the United Kingdom using geo-demographic data from southwest England”, Higher Education Quarterly. 64(1) 65-88.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2273.2009.00431.x

    • Peacock, N, Harrison, N (2009) “"It's so much easier to go with what's easy": "Mindfulness" and the discourse between home and international students in the United Kingdom”, Journal of Studies in International Education. 13(4) 487-508.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1028315308319508

    • Hatt, S, Hannan, A, Baxter, A, Harrison, N (2005) “Opportunity knocks? The impact of bursary schemes on students from low-income backgrounds”, STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION. 30(4) 373-388.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03075070500160038

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