Emily Yarrow: An unequal opportunity? Female academics’ experiences of research evaluation in the UK

Emily Yarrow: An unequal opportunity? Female academics’ experiences of research evaluation in the UK

Date: 25 March 2020
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Old Library Building, Room 2.29


NU women is pleased to host Dr Emily Yarrow from the University of Portsmouth, and Newcastle University Business School alumna, who will be delivering a lecture on women's experience of the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

All staff are welcome.

Abstract:
This research investigated gender equality issues surrounding the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014), and how these may manifest themselves in the career development and career trajectories of female academics in the UK.

The potentially harmful effects of research evaluation on academic careers, the way in which research evaluation and its outcomes are managed and experienced, and the extent to which this may intensify academic work were all considered as well as being integral aspects of the interview guides. However, this research also explored, through some of the emergent themes from the interviews, how research evaluation and its outcomes are used as a vehicle for success by some academics.

Through exploring new managerialism, gendered academic career trajectories and research evaluation, this research compared and contrasted different Schools in Humanities and Social Sciences in an anonymous UK university, in order to provide contemporary insight into the lived experiences of female academics in the context of REF2014, yet many of the issues are still ongoing and relevant to the upcoming REF in 2021.

About the speaker:

Dr Emily Yarrow is a Lecturer in International HRM at the University of Portsmouth Business School. Her research interests broadly include organisational theory, inequality regimes, and governance in higher
education. To date, her research has focused on the impact of research evaluation on female academic careers, women’s lived experiences in organisations, pensions, and the experiences of older workers.