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Say My Name: Experiences and Impacts of Pronunciation of Names in Higher Education in Contexts of Culturally Diverse Student Identities

Unit(s) of assessment: Social Work and Social Policy

Research theme: Health and Wellbeing

School: School of Social Sciences


Say My Name aims to explore how pronunciation of student names is experienced by students, and the teaching and support staff who interact with them, in an endeavour to evaluate current language and behaviour and produce new guidelines to help engender inclusivity and equality in higher education. The research produces new knowledge acquired through qualitative methods of enquiry about name-related experiences in the context of culturally diverse undergraduate student populations in higher education in England.

It also explores how experiences of higher education engage with and influence or are influenced by national, linguistic, and ethnic identities. The project and its outputs will offer ways forward for institutional policies and practices aimed at improving student experiences of higher education, especially in terms of equality, diversity, widening participation and engagement issues, and broader discussions about respecting culturally diverse identities and de-colonising the university.

The project received funding from The British Academy Small Research Grant Scheme.

Related staff

Dr. Jane Pilcher

Dr. Hannah Smith