Pippa Sterk

Thesis title:

LGBT Life in UK Higher Education: an ethnography of staff-student working relations

Abstract:

In my research, I will conduct ethnographic research to explore the extent to which HE institutions promote themselves as LGBT-friendly, how they cultivate this in their own conduct and policy, and how the work towards this is divided between paid university staff and student volunteers. I aim to work from a critical understanding of the impact of neoliberal labour divisions on marginalized groups (Rottenberg, 2015; Ahmed, 2004), and combine this with original research on the working relations between universities and LGBT students. This research will outline which courses of action are beneficial to conducting working relationships between universities and volunteers, particularly at institutions where students arrive expecting a certain level of LGBT-friendliness.