This research investigated UK female academics’ experiences of working practices, career progression and academic identity during and beyond COVID lockdown. It’s aim is to identify ways in which remote working and other shifts in higher education (HE) practice impacted existing gender inequalities in the sector and to highlight overarching gender equality challenges in the short and longer-term.
The project used a hybrid research methodology Zimmerman and Weider’s (1977) anthropological tool, the diary, diary-interview method or DDIM. The combined methods enabled collection of rich, subjective data. The creation of this illustrated digital archive then used techniques of graphic social science to present and commentate on the findings.
#DearDiaryProject is funded by an SRHE Research Award 2020. SRHE is a UK-based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship.
Dr Kate Carruthers Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow in Social Sciences at Birmingham City University. Two Research Assistants have worked on the project: Dr Bally Kaur, now a Research Assistant in the Institute of Education at the University of Derby and Hannah Malpass, final year PhD candidate at Birmingham City University.
Many thanks to Birmingham City University’s Jaspreet Bhoghal, Research Development and Support Officer and Paula Deenah, Senior Finance Officer.
Last but not least, many thanks to Ben Robertson, Web Designer for his creative and technical solutions, hosting – and endless patience!