he project, funded by a small grant from the Scottish Funding Council, commenced in October 2017 and concluded in March 2018. Its aim is to conduct a scoping exercise to identify empirical and normative aspects of access to education in (Chile, Malawi, Scotland and Swaziland) spanning a wide range of economic development. Dr Kristinn Hermannsson from the University of Glasgow in School of Education is the Principal Investigator of the Project. A Researcher (Dr Josephine Munthali) has implemented the Project with input from the consortium.
The consortium consist of the following Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Recipient Country Partners who are Academic partners:
They are joined by an interdisciplinary academic team from the University of Glasgow:
The aim of the study is to (a) Map inequality in access in participating countries; (b) Identify the normative principles (e.g. equality of opportunity) that drive access policies; (c) Identify key policy documents and data sources and (d) Identify key stakeholders and build awareness of the project. At global level the researcher is identifying key international stakeholders, documents and data sources and reviewing key academic sources on educational access to identify the state of the art.
The research project has achieved the following:
Other expected capacity building outcomes include (a) Mutual appreciation of different perspectives and circumstances by discipline and country (whole consortium); (b) Improved understanding of the GCRF and practical requirements for administering funds from the GCRF (overseas partners) (c) Engagement of stakeholders with the objectives and methodology of our empirical/normative approach and explicit support for a subsequent bid and (d) Involvement of GU colleagues with no prior experience of GCRF activities (Findlay, Lazenby) and an early career researcher (Makuta).