UK membership(s) in the European Higher Education Area post-2020: a ‘Europeanisation’ agenda

Kushnir, I. ORCID: 0000-0003-0727-7208 and Brooks, R., 2022. UK membership(s) in the European Higher Education Area post-2020: a ‘Europeanisation’ agenda. European Educational Research Journal, p. 147490412210830. ISSN 1474-9041

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The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) is an international initiative for the harmonisation of higher education (HE) systems in 49 countries. Literature about UK’s participation in the EHEA is limited, and the role of EHEA’s membership for the UK, particularly after the end of the Brexit transitional period, has not been researched. The originality of the study reported in this paper is in addressing this gap by exploring the perspectives of key UK HE actors on the strategic significance of UK’s memberships in the EHEA post-2020 for the UK. The paper draws on the theoretical ideas of rational choice neo-institutionalism, differentiated Europeanisation and internationalisation, and a thematic analysis of 19 official communications of key stakeholders and six in-depth interviews with their representatives. The findings contribute to filling in a significant gap in the literature about Bologna in the UK in making a distinction between its two memberships in the EHEA and the differences and complexities of the roles they play in constructing UK’s overarching agenda in HE particularly in the post-Brexit context. The article has also contributed to the literature about Bologna more widely, presenting an investigation into differentiated Europeanisation that has been taking place within one unique post-EU country.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Educational Research Journal
Creators: Kushnir, I. and Brooks, R.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 16 March 2022
ISSN: 1474-9041
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Institute of Education
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 21 Mar 2022 14:32
Last Modified: 04 May 2022 14:18
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