Say My Name: experiences and impacts of pronunciation of names in higher education in contexts of culturally diverse student identities

Pilcher, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1864-1362, 2023. Say My Name: experiences and impacts of pronunciation of names in higher education in contexts of culturally diverse student identities. [Dataset]

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The Say My Name project ran from September 2021-March 2022 and was funded by The British Academy (Award ref SRG2021\210816).

This small-scale study explored how (mis)pronunciation of names is experienced by students and by staff who interact with students in higher education institutions in England. Our methods included (i) creative writing tools to capture the ‘stories’ a sample of 20 third year undergraduate students studying at universities in England had about the pronunciation of their names and follow up one-to-one semi-structured online interviews with these same students (ii) online semi-structured one-to-one interviews with a sample of 10 staff working at universities in England in either a teaching role or a student-facing professional services role. The interviews with participants ranged in duration from c.30 minutes to c.60 minutes. The creative writing data are not included in the data repository because these served as prompts for the follow-up interviews with student participants.

The research produced 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. The project and its outputs contributed to the development of 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.

This dataset contains: anonymised interview transcripts; a blank consent form; participant information sheet; interview guide; guide to writing a name story.

Item Type: Research datasets and databases
Creators: Pilcher, J.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 2023
Rights: Anonymised interview transcripts from participants who consented to data sharing, along with other supporting information, are available from the NTU Data Archive to bona fide researchers at
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 27 Jul 2023 08:30
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 08:55
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