Examining Gender in Higher Education (EGHE): STEM and beyond. A UK-African Countries Network

Examining Gender in Higher Education (EGHE): STEM and beyond. A UK-African Countries Network

Project summary

This network draws together academics and activists to share and build knowledge and expertise on key areas of concern in gender and higher education (HE) comparatively across a range of African countries as well as the UK; and to build the foundations for sustained research that will address key issues of pressing concern in the field. One key area of concern has already been identified: participation and success of women students in STEM subjects. This is a crucial focus area in relation to the goals of gender equality and social justice, and directly supports key priorities of network member countries in terms of economic and infrastructural development.

The network is inherently international in nature, addressing an issue of key concern in relation to all network member countries in Africa and in the UK, and bringing together academics and activists in the field of gender, higher education and STEM from the countries concerned to share and generate knowledge. The network member countries are currently: Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, The Gambia, and the UK. There is an international spread of investigators and research partners across these countries, and the network includes the involvement of the prominent pan-African NGO, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). FAWE are headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, but have active involvement in gender and education issues (including HE, and STEM) across 33 countries in the continent.

Network activities include the undertaking of two scoping exercises designed to map and synthesise existing knowledge in relation to a) gender and STEM in HE across network member countries, and b) key further areas of concern, in order to support the development of further collaborations such as a research bid, and generate useful knowledge to share with international policy makers and practitioners.

The knowledge shared and generated will be disseminated in ways that will be accessible to an international academic and non-academic audience. This will include a network event at FAWE's triennial general meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, August 2017; policy briefings that will be available in both French and English; and an accessible website and associated social media presence. To aid international reach material will be designed to be accessible to a multinational audience and use jargon-free language, and include video material that will be made into a short film.

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PI and Co-PIs - International Collaborators

PI: Dr Barbara Read, University of Glasgow, UK



Prof Michele Schweisfurth, University of Glasgow, UK

Prof Liz Tanner, University of Glasgow, UK

Jane Umutoni, University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Dr Hendrina Doroba, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya

Dr Marguerite Miheso-O’Connor, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya

Dr Josephine Munthali, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya‌

Dr Isatou Ndow, Gambia College, The Gambia‌

Dr Euzobia Mugisha Baine, Makerere University, Uganda

Start and End Date

Start: 2nd January 2017

End: 30th June 2018

Funder and Funding Amount

Economic and Social Research Council (£82,109)


External Links


Gambia College