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Hollingsworth2021EastAnglia.pdfHollingsworth, A_Declaration Form.pdf

English Sub-Regional Planning: Governance, Institutions and Outcomes in East Anglia

After successive experiments with top-down and formalised regionalism, the current phase in English local governance is considerably more mixed, and includes flexibly defined and bounded sub-regional institutions. If regional institutions shaped by national actors have proved to be brittle as a consequence of being not arenas for political contestation but objects of it, is it possible that sub-regions shaped by local actors might be more durable and more capable of delivering national and local objectives? Starting from Bhaskar’s realist approach and Jessop’s insight that agential actors and the structures within which they operate are mutually constitutive, and making use of tools and terms from Third Wave Institutionalism, this research creates a framework to show how the narrative, practices and rules constraints of institutions used for sub-regional planning both shape, and are simultaneously shaped by, the varied strategic ambitions of local actors. The research focus is Eastern England, specifically t…

Type: thesis
Creators: Hollingsworth, Alexander John;
Year: 2021
Access: postEmbargoOpenAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:March 1, 2024 10:11 AM
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Young2023BisexualSport.pdf

Investigating media narratives of bisexual people in sport settings

Societal attitudes towards bisexuality have often been argued to be overwhelmingly associated with denial, erasure, and stigmatisation. Bisexual people are considered to be disadvantaged amongst other sexual minorities due to various complexities, such as its disruption to heteronormative ways of thinking in addition to harmful stereotypes that have come to be attributed to it over time. General bisexuality research up to this point in time have tended to focus on generalised bisexuality or have included bisexuality under the guise of LGB or LGBTQ+ etc. acronyms but without much focus on it as a separate entity. Moreover, media coverage of bisexuality sports athletes has also been found to be limited in comparison to other LGBTQ+ groups such as lesbian women and gay men in sport. This study takes the stance of a textual media analysis through which the narratives presented about bisexual people in sport were analysed and cross-examined with existing literature, in addition to theoretical lenses such as the…

Type: thesis
Creators: Young, Jessica;
Year: 2024
Access: embargoedAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 28, 2024 10:13 AM
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FulltextMcLean, A_Declaration form.pdf

Change agent or neutral bystander? An exploration of how the coaching practices of internal coaches in Higher Education Institutions support organisational change

Internal coaches are enmeshed in the same organisational system that their coachees inhabit and are affected by the same organisational changes. Their insight into the organisational context, and into the challenge of aligning individual goals with organisational goals, means that internal coaches are uniquely placed to support their coachees to make sense of these changes. Recognising the triadic coaching relationship between coach, coachee and the organisation, internal coaches potentially have the agency, knowledge and mandate to use their coaching practices to support organisational change, including addressing any tensions arising from misalignment of goals. This indicates a role of ‘coach as change agent’: connecting change at an individual level with change at an organisational level, facilitating coachees to navigate organisational change more effectively. The emerging interest in the interplay of individual and organisational level change draws on an Organisational Development (OD) perspective that…

Type: thesis
Creators: Maclean, Amanda;
Year: 2024
Access: embargoedAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 27, 2024 9:39 AM
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Vitzthum2022GenderDiversity.pdfVitzthum, Christine Declaration Form.pdf

Exploring the approaches of coaches and organisational stakeholders in support of gender diversity

Despite decades of efforts, organisations still struggle to increase and maintain their gender diversity levels; a challenge exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although coaching is used as an initiative to support gender diversity, research in this area is scarce, findings inconsistent and the focus predominantly on coachees’ perspectives. This qualitative study is based in Germany and explores coaches’ and organisational stakeholders’ approaches to coaching in support of gender diversity. Underpinned by a critical realist paradigm and a qualitative methodology, data was collected from thirty semi-structured interviews and analysed using reflexive thematic analysis. The findings suggest that current approaches are not sufficiently nuanced to address the inherent complexities and may maintain or even reinforce the binary male-female divide. Consequently, the concept of coaching with gender-sensitivity was adopted and developed further to illustrate a broader approach, embracing individuals wit…

Type: thesis
Creators: Vitzthum, Christine;
Year: 2022
Access: embargoedAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 26, 2024 1:57 PM
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FulltextBrown, J_Declaration Form.pdf

Doing the heavy lifting: the experiences of working-class professional services and administrative staff in Russell Group universities

In recent years, UK higher education has pursued more inclusive practices, adopting widening participation metrics, removing historically problematic statues, reviewing research culture environments, and renaming university buildings (Chigudu, 2021; Heath et al, 2013). Research has sought to understand how people from different 'non-traditional' backgrounds experience these institutions (Reay, 2017b). At present, studies of social class focus on the experiences of working-class academics and working-class students (Crew, 2020; Crozier et al., 2019). Academic research has not yet addressed the experiences of working-class professional services and administrative staff, who form a critical part of the political economy of knowledge production. This study used an interpretative approach, combining narrative inquiry and semi-structured interview questions to elucidate the narratives of 13 working-class professional service staff working in Russell Group universities. This thesis makes contributions from conceptua…

Type: thesis
Creators: Pilgrim-Brown, Jess ;
Year: 2023
Access: openAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 26, 2024 1:19 PM
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O'Rourke2023PublicSectorPartnerships.pdfO'Rourke, J_Declaration Form.pdf

HOW DO RELATIONAL DYNAMICS INFLUENCE PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS? A STUDY OF THE OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATED COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP

The last 20 years have seen a growth in partnership working in both the public and private sectors as organisations seek to improve efficiency and gain access to new resources to reduce costs and gain competitive advantage. Driven by government policy to widen participation in Higher Education, (HE), one area which has seen major growth is the partnership between universities and Colleges of Further Education (FE) to deliver Foundation, Bachelor and Masters degrees and increasingly degree apprenticeships. Due to the timescales involved in delivering degree programmes it is essential that these partnerships are viable in the longer term, but up to 50% of all partnerships fail. How to ensure the long term viability of education partnerships is an under researched area. While researchers have looked at both the role of Intellectual and Social Capital in facilitating educational partnerships, few have looked at the role of Relational Capital (RC) which is seen as the trust, respect and friendship that develops a…

Type: thesis
Creators: O'Rourke, Jacqueline;
Year: 2023
Access: openAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 26, 2024 12:39 PM
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OriginalAccessBurns, M_Declaration Form.pdf

Glasgow's Red Clydeside and the politics of poetry

Through extensive archival research and close-reading, this thesis recovers and explores poetry from Glasgow’s Red Clydeside period (c. 1910 to 1932). Though the Red Clydeside period occupies an important place in Scottish labour history, and remains powerfully relevant for left-wing political activists in the present, the poetry of the period has yet to be considered critically by researchers in either the fields of history or literary studies. This thesis collects and examines poetry from a range of sources, including newspapers, pamphlets, song books, and collections of verse, in order to explore the important role poetry played in the political struggle of the period. I begin by exploring poetry published in the radical newspaper the Worker, considering the ways in which poems were used to support the paper’s broader political agenda. I then go on to consider the impressive literary output of John S. Clarke, editor of the Worker and the Red Clydeside period’s most prolific writer. Next, I explore poems re…

Type: thesis
Creators: Burns, Megan Holly;
Year: 2023
Access: embargoedAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 26, 2024 10:35 AM
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OriginalOozageerGunowa2021SkinToneDiversity.pdfOozageer Gunowa, N_Declaration Form.pdf

A collective case study to critically evaluate the educational preparation of registered nurses in Higher Education institutions in relation to pressure ulcer assessment and identification, specifically focusing on skin tone diversity

Background As a discipline, nursing espouses ideologies of inclusion, equity and valuing diversity. However, little is known about how these ideologies translate into clinical care. Pressure ulcer prevention is a routine aspect of nursing care; yet there is evidence of inequity in relation to patient assessment and clinical care, with a higher prevalence of pressure ulcers in people with dark skin tones. Despite limited literature being available surrounding the topic of pressure ulcers and skin tone diversity, it remains the responsibility of nurse educators to address contemporary issues and health inequity within the nursing curriculum to ensure that the teaching of pressure ulcer prevention is inclusive. Aim The aim of the study was to critically evaluate the educational preparation of registered nurses in Higher Education institutions in relation to pressure ulcer assessment and identification, particularly focusing on skin tone diversity. Method A sequential mixed method collective case st…

Type: thesis
Creators: Oozageer Gunowa, Neesha;
Year: 2022
Access: postEmbargoOpenAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 23, 2024 11:41 AM
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FulltextCampbell, S_Declaration Form.pdf

Gertrude Stein, spatial form, and prose poetry: how Stein uses the linguistic hybridity of prose poetry to present space as process

My project explores how a language-based strand of prose poetry, indebted to the formal experiments of Gertrude Stein, can be used to stage space as a flux of becoming. It investigates the dynamics of this kind of prose poetry through critical reflections on my own creative practice as it has developed out of a close analysis of Stein’s poetic innovations. My poetry engages with the problematic histories and geographies of my own local landscape and so, in this project, I have looked to Stein for poetic strategies to challenge static and exclusionary ways of conceptualising place. I build on the work of scholars Steven Meyer and Linda Voris to argue that it is primarily as a radical empiricist that Stein experiments with the prose poem, turning it into an active textual field within which she can stage spatial relations as processual. I add to Meyer’s and Voris’s findings my own original analysis of how Stein exploits a linguistic hybridity in the prose poem to develop a newly plural ‘deixis’. By offering the…

Type: thesis
Creators: Campbell, Susan Jeanne;
Year: 2023
Access: embargoedAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 21, 2024 5:25 PM
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FulltextCandidate-s-declaration-form-for-final-submission (2)[1] (2).pdf

Duty of care in coaching: from ethical frameworks to the development of the coach

Duty of care is not clearly defined in coaching literature, but is described as being part of the ethical framework of conduct in how a coach acts in relation to promoting the welfare of others. It is associated with the coach’s own sense of what is fair and right, both legally and ethically, connected to the coach’s own principles of behaviour. The executive coach has greater complexity in their roles due to multiple stakeholders in the coaching relationship and duty of care is arguably of integral importance. The literature discusses theoretical ethical best practice in coaching, and coaching bodies’ codes offer guidance. Yet, empirical research is lacking on coaches’ understanding and enactment of duty of care. This study is the first to explore these areas and the findings move duty of care beyond an ethical framework to a development opportunity for coaches and those associated with coaching. The research was qualitative and inductive, using semi-structured interviews with thirty executive coaches. The …

Type: thesis
Creators: Mayhead, Benita;
Year: 2022
Access: embargoedAccess
Status: Live|Last updated:February 14, 2024 3:20 PM
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