Nisa, Henna

Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Inequalities in Education
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Professor Sin Yi Cheung and Professor Emma Renolds
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My research interests lie with the experiences of ethnic minority groups. I am interested in exploring the educational disadvantages that people, especially women, from Black and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds face and also highlighting the factors that may contribute to these experiences, such as parental engagement, aspirations, gender norms, cultural barriers and more.

My PhD will shed light on the issues that influence students’ experiences of education. It will provide us with a deeper understanding of the role that families, communities, schools, culture, religion, identity, socio-economic status, heritage, social pressures and more, play in shaping the way students think, feel and act in regards to their education. It will highlight the relationships between space, place and identity and the impact on educational aspirations, choices and attainment.