School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

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Emerita Professor Sue Robson

Emerita Professor

Background

Sue Robson is Emerita Professor of Education in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. Her current research focuses on the internationalization of HE; teaching and learning in HE; reward and recognition for teaching excellence in HE. 

Sue was Principal Investigator 2016-18 on an Erasmus Strategic Partnerships Project 'Approaches and Tools for Internationalisation at Home' https://research.ncl.ac.uk/atiah/ and  an Erasmus Key Activity 2 Strategic Partnerships Schools Project, Entrepreneurial Competences for School Leadership Teams, 2014-2016  http://www.ec4slt.com/was

Sue was also Principal Investigator 2017-18 on a British Council Brazil Capacity Building & Internationalisation for Higher Education Project: 'Developing an institutional strategy and practical framework for internationalisation of the curriculum https://www.britishcouncil.org.br/en/programmes/education/capacity-building-internationalisation-he-call.

Sue continues to supervise doctoral students.

Current doctoral supervision:  Shaun Robison, Yewen Guan, Yuwei Liang,  Lucia Liu, Nouf Alarifi, Sandra Strigel, Anna Binti Azaman, Oonagh McGee, Mohammed Al Hadhrami, Yuqi Xiao.  

Previous doctoral supervision: Caroline Burns , (graduated 2018); Muqaddas Butt and Nadia Aljenahi, (graduated 2016); Nguyen Du, Abdullah Alkarni (graduated 2015); Meng Fan (graduated 2014); Haifa Al-Nofiae (graduated 2013);  Dearbhaile Church and Hui-Hua Hsieh (graduated 2012); Georgios Pachalidis (2008); Elizabeth Hunter (2006); Barbara Roberts (2004)

Memberships

International Federation of National Teaching Fellows
Association of National Teaching Fellows
ESRC Peer Review College
Society for Research into Higher Education 
European Educational Research Association Network 22 (Higher Education)

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Research

Sue's research focuses on the internationalization of HE; teaching and learning in HE; reward and recognition for teaching excellence in HE. 

Sue was Principal Investigator 2016-18 on an Erasmus Strategic Partnerships Project 'Approaches and Tools for Internationalisation at Home' https://research.ncl.ac.uk/atiah/ and an Erasmus Key Activity 2 Strategic Partnerships Schools Project, Entrepreneurial Competences for School Leadership Teams, 2014-2016 http://www.ec4slt.com/

Sue was also Principal Investigator 2017-18 on a British Council Brazil Capacity Building & Internationalisation for Higher Education Project: 'Developing an institutional strategy and practical framework for internationalisation of the curriculum https://www.britishcouncil.org.br/en/programmes/education/capacity-building-internationalisation-he-call.

Sue continues to supervise doctoral students.

Current doctoral supervision: Shaun Robison, Yewen Guan, Yuwei Liang, Lucia Liu, Nouf Alarifi, Sandra Strigel, Anna Binti Azaman, Oonagh McGee, Mohammed Al Hadhrami, Yuqi Xiao.

Previous doctoral supervision: Caroline Burns , (graduated 2018); Muqaddas Butt and Nadia Aljenahi, (graduated 2016); Nguyen Du, Abdullah Alkarni (graduated 2015); Meng Fan (graduated 2014); Haifa Al-Nofiae (graduated 2013);  Dearbhaile Church and Hui-Hua Hsieh (graduated 2012); Georgios Pachalidis (2008); Elizabeth Hunter (2006); Barbara Roberts (2004)

Publications

Robson S. Developing and supporting excellent HE teaching: opportunities and challenges. in: Amanda French and Matt O'Leary, ed. Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and the Teaching Excellence Framework. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, 2017, pp.109-137.

Wihlborg M, Robson S. Internationalisation of higher education: drivers, rationales, priorities, values and impacts.European Journal of Higher Education 2017, 8(1), 8-18.

Robson S.Internationalization at home: internationalizing the university experience of staff and students. Educação 2017, 40(3), 368-374.

Robson S, Almeida J, Schartner A. Internationalization at Home: time for review and development?European Journal of Higher Education 2018, 8(1), 19-35.

Robson S, Wihlborg M. Internationalization of Higher Education: impacts, challenges and future possibilities. European Educational Research Journal 2017. Submitted

Almeida J, Robson S, Morosini M, Baranzeli C. (in press) Understanding Internationalization at Home: Perspectives from the Global North and South. European Educational Research Journal 2018

Robson S. Internationalisation of the Curriculum: challenges and opportunities. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 2015, 3(3), 50-52.

Robson S. Internationalization: a transformative agenda for higher education?Teachers and Teaching, 2011, 17(6), 619-630.

Turner Y, Robson S. Internationalizing the University. London: Continuum, 2008.

Robson S, Wall K, Lofthouse R. Raising the profile of innovative teaching in Higher Education? Reflections on the EquATE project. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2013, 25(1), 92-102.

Pattison S, Robson S. Internationalization of British universities: Learning from the experiences of international counselling students. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 2013, 35(3), 188-202.

Robson S, Moseley D. An Integrated Framework for Thinking About Learning. Gifted Education International 2005, 20(1), 36-50.

Turner Y, Robson S. Conceptions of Internationalisation and their Implications for Academic Engagement and Institutional Action: A Preliminary Case Study. In: Coverdale-Jones, T., Rastall, P, ed. Internationalizing the University: the Chinese context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp.13-32.

Clark C, Dyson A, Millward A, Robson S. Theories of inclusion, theories of schools: Deconstructing and reconstructing the 'inclusive school'. British Educational Research Journal 1999, 25(2), 157-177.

Turner Y, Robson S. Competitive and cooperative impulses to internationalization: reflecting on the interplay between management intentions and the experience of academics in a British universityEducation, Knowledge & Economy 2007, 1(1), 65-82.

Moseley D, Baumfield V, Elliott J, Gregson S, Higgins S, Lin M, Miller J, Newton D, Robson S. Thinking Skills Frameworks for Post-16 Learners: an Evaluation. Guildford, UK: Learning and Skills Research Centre, 2004.

Robson S, Leat D, Wall K, Lofthouse R. Feedback or feed forward? Supporting Master’s students through effective assessment to enhance future learning. In: Ryan, J, ed. Cross Cultural Teaching and Learning for Home and International Students: Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum in Higher Education. London: Routledge, 2013, pp.53-69.

Robson S, Turner Y. Teaching is a co-learning experience': Academics reflecting on learning and teaching in an 'internationalized' faculty. Teaching in Higher Education 2007, 12(1), 41-54.

Robson S, Kanyanta BS. Moving towards inclusive education policies and practices? Basic education for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Zambia. International Journal of Inclusive Education 2007, 11(4), 417-430.

Robson S. Frameworks for Thinking: supporting successful thinking and learning. Transylvanian Journal of Psychology2006, (special issue 2, supplement 1), 77-89.

Zhao S, Robson S, Lin M. Teaching thinking: theories and practice in China. Tianjin: Tianjin Science and Technology Translation Publisher, 2006.

Robson S, Bonnici M. Promoting Learner Independence in EFL schools in Malta. The International Journal of Learning 2005, 12(5), 271-284.

Robson S, Sylvester KB. Orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia: The impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on basic education for children at risk. Educational Research 2007, 49(3), 259-272.

Robson S, Lin M. Teacher Change and Student Autonomy: Thinking Skills Interventions and Young People with Disabilities in China. The International Journal of Learning 2002, 9(1), 447-459.

Jackson EL, Robson S, Huddart T. Staff and student perceptions of internationalisation. Occasional Papers in Education and Lifelong Learning 2012, 6(1-2), 32-51.

Fan M, Robson S, Leat D. International Postgraduate Students’ Perceptions and Experiences of Peer Assessment in a UK University: A Case Study. In: Slethaug, G; Vinther, J, ed. International Teaching and Learning at Universities: Achieving Equilibrium with Local Culture and Pedagogy. New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.135-157.

Funding

2016-18 EU189K Erasmus Strategic Partnerships Project 'Approaches and Tools for Internationalisation at Home' (ATIAH)

2016-18 £8k HEA (Advance HE) consultancy to produce Guiding Principles for Teaching Promotions with Professor Steve McHanwell

2015 £10k Internationalisation Strategic Fund. Internationalisation of Higher Education: developing an international research and practice strategic partnership with PUCRS, Brazil.

2015 £47K to lead the Equal Acclaim for Teaching Excellence (EquATE) Project. Cohort 3 (faculty funds from FMS, SAGE, HASS)

2015 £8,100 Academic Associate (consultant) to HEA - report on Innovative Pedagogies in the Disciplines. July 2015.

2015 £31k PI British Council (Newton Fund) to design and deliver workshops for early career researchers from the UK and Thailand, with partners at Kasetsart University.

2014 PI £5,800 from the NU Research and Innovation Fund to convene an international seminar Rethinking Internationalisation: conceptual and methodological challenges, The Core, 13/14/15 May 2015. 33 participants from UK, EU, Canada.

2014-16 PI EU299K Erasmus Strategic Partnerships Project on Entrepreneurial Educational Leadership

2013-14 £7k Academic Associate (consultant) to HEA - to produce an Internationalisation Framework for the HE sector

2010-2011 University Teaching and Learning Funds (£60k, 2009-10; £50k, 2010-2011) to develop and deliver the EQUATE programme.

2009-2010 University of Newcastle Innovation Funding 2009-10 (£15k) to investigate international student perceptions of feedback

2005 University of Newcastle Innovation Funding to establish a Regional University Internationalization Network.

2000-2004 £14kBritish Council China Study Grant to develop a model for thinking skills in schools in China.

Keynotes and invited talks:

Aug 2016 Invited discussant at European Educational Research Conference Leadership symposium 'Collaborative leadership for solving wicked problem in international contexts'

Jan 2016 Keynote: Internationalisation of HE: developing a values-based dialogue. Kasetsert University, Thailand.

July 2016 Keynote at Nottingham Trent Institute for Teaching and Learning Symposium on Internationalizing the curriculum. July 14th 2016

April 2016 Keynote at BERA/BELMAS seminar. How to research critical conversations in educational leadership? 26 April 2016

April 2016 Keynote at University of Hull East Asian Research Group Anniversary Seminar: Benefits and Challenges of Internationalisation in a competitive global environment.

2015 Invited talk: Society for Research in Higher Education seminar. Internationalisation: have we lost sight of what it’s all about? , May 2015

2014 Invited Talk: Internationalizing the curriculum. Loughborough University School of Business and Economics

2014 Invited Talk: Internationalizing the curriculum. Open University Invited paper

2015 Chartered Association of Business Schools Leaders in Learning and Teaching conference "Learning and Teaching: developing a University Culture" 3 December 2015 June 2016 Schools North East Annual Conference on "Leading Successful Teams"

2012  Internationalisation of HE. University of Wollongong, November 2012

2012  Internationalizing the curriculum. Durham Business School. 12.11.12

2011 Keynote on Recognizing, supporting and rewarding innovative teaching in the internationalized university at  the Teaching International Students’ Conference, 17 June 2011, HEA/CICIN/CAPRI, University of Warwick 

2010 Robson, S.  Keynote:  Academic Development for internationalization. INCONSYM Conference, Symbiosis University, Pune, India.  Oct. 14-15 2010

2009 Robson, S. Invited paper: Internationalizing the curriculum. Durham: A World University Conference, 7 December,  2009.

2009 Robson, S. Invited paper and panel member Internationalising the curriculum. QS Apple Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 25 November 2009.

2009 Keynote and Symposium facilitator LEADING INTERNATIONALISATION  IN  HIGHER EDUCATION: NEW TRAJECTORIES AND FUTURE PARTNERSHIPS.  Monash  University Strategic Initiatives Symposium, Monash Sunway Campus, Malaysia. 22-24 November 2009.

2008 Keynote, ESRC-sponsored seminar series entitled Rethinking the Needs of International Students:  Critical Perspectives on the Internationalisation of UK Higher Education’16 December 2008.  The series was run jointly by the Universities of Birmingham, Bath and Nottingham.

2008 Keynote Making the international local and regional at the Monash Educate 08 Conference, Melbourne, 6-10 October  Sue is honorary adviser to the Teacher Training for Burmese Teachers Programme, a programme is funded by Prospect Burma.

2005 Invited paper: Conference on Inclusive and Cognitive Learning Enhancement in Schools, Charles University, Prague, October 30-November 1, 2005.

2002  Keynote at the launch Conference and advisor to the Innovative Learning Project, Chongqing, China, UNESCO, 2002-2007.

2002 Invited presentation: Helping Students with Special Needs to become Better Thinkers  EDEX Education & National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) Conference, Cardiff.

2002 Invited presentation  Helping Students with Special Needs to become Better Thinkers. EDEX North West Education Conference (NWEC 2002), Bolton.

2001 Invited paper: Baptist University Hong Kong Thinking Qualities Initiative Conference June 2001 Thinking Skills and Teacher Pedagogy