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Professor Ellen Boeren


BERA Meeting of Minds Fellowship (FUNDER: British Educational Research Association)

with Professor John Holford - University of Nottingham

This project explored the vocational motivation of adult learners in 12 European countries, based on data gathered in the LLL2010 project: towards a lifelong learning society, the contribution of the education system.

The Evidence Base behind Widening Access to University Education (FUNDER: Universities Scotland)

with Professor Sheila Riddell, Dr Elisabeth Weedon and Sheila Edward

Within this project, the team reviewed policy documents, university's outcome agreements and the academic literature in the field of widening access to university.

Data without Boundaries - DwB (FUNDER: European Commission FP7)

with National Statitisical Office Netherlands

Data without Boundaries gives researchers the chance to work on secondary datasets which would otherwise not be available for them. In this project, I will explore lifelong learning participation based on different waves of Dutch secondary datasets.

Seed Corn Funding Project Lifelong Learning (FUNDER: Moray House School of Education)

This project explores the use of available datasets measuring lifelong learning participation and evaluates the usability of these datasets as instruments for secondary data analysis.

Early Career Project (FUNDER: Moray House School of Education)

with Deborah Fry

We will conduct interviews with all the early career staff members in our School, in order to identify their academic identities and ambitions, and to explore the possible constraints they are experiencing in order to fulfil their career ambitions.

Peer Support Writing Group (FUNDER: University of Edinburgh - Institute for Academic Development)

with Deborah Fry, Claire Wright and Gitit Kadar-Satat

We received funding from IAD to run a peer support writing group with early career researchers and PhD students in the School. We run monthly sessions in which we provide feedback on each other's writings and spoke to a journal editor.

From PhD to academic career (FUNDER: Carnegie Trust Scotland)

This project will be undertaken with final year PhD students in the Social Sciences at three distinct Scottish universities. Students will be asked about the strategies they develop in order to cope with the highly competitive academic job market.

Translating your PhD chapters into journal articles (FUNDER: Lithuanian Research Council)

In May 2014, I will be travelling to Vilnius and will organise and deliver a workshop for PhD students on how to translate PhD chapters into papers ready for submission to international peer reviewed journals.

Encouraging Lifelong learning for an Inclusive & Vibrant Europe (ENLIVEN) (FUNDER: Horizon 2020 - European Commission)

I am leading the Edinburgh team within this EUR 2.5 million Horizon 2020 project which is exploring lifelong learning needs of the most vulnerable adults in Europe, with a specific focus on younger adults. More information on the project can be found at or you can follow us on Twitter @h2020enliven

The English Bonus (FUNDER: University of Edinburgh - Principal's Teaching Award Scheme)

I am involved in this project led by Chancellor's Fellow colleague in Sociology Sophia Woodman. This project explores issues related to English language for Chinese postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh. I am undertaking statistical analyses as part of the project.

New Adults' Competences for Skills Revolution (FUNDER: Erasmus+ - European Commission)

Together with colleagues in Spain, Italy and Poland, I will be carrying out a new adult education project under the Erasmus+ scheme. The project will start in October 2017.