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Research Seminar Series - An international exploration of what truly matters for student engagement

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START DATE 04 December 2019

Middlesex University Dubai, Oasis Theatre, Block 16

END DATE 04 December 2019

We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held on 4 December from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park.

Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 260 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Dr. Dawn will deliver seminar on:

“An international exploration of what truly matters for student engagement”

Dawn England


Join in a discussion of student engagement, where we will attempt to uncover the universals to student engagement globally. We will discuss contemporary perspectives on student engagement in the literature and highlight a new perspective on the importance of belongingess and career relevance to students. Research will be presented on a 4 year longitudinal research project in Guatemala examining what makes elementary school children drop out of school, followed by a multi-university intervention study in the UK to understand Black and Minority Ethnic student attainment in higher education.  We will then review data from students at Middlesex University to explore extracurricular activities and lecture strategies that make them feel engaged. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of student engagement, pushing past the dogmatic and relatively boring approaches commonly paraded in education to attempt to understand what truly matters and how to best engage students of all ages across all levels of education.


Dr. Dawn England aims to apply the power and insight of research to innovations in education and human development, with a firm commitment to the idea that where you are born should not dictate what you become. She has collaborated with scholars in 17 countries over the past decade on research involving educational attainment in low- and high-income countries, including serving as Principal Investigator on a $300,000 grant to study educational attainment in elementary and middle school across 5 countries and a position as Academic Lead for a HEFCE funded intervention to reduce the attainment gap in higher education across 3 UK universities. She holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Family and Human Development and an MBA from Hult International. 

A review of her publications and impact can be found at the following Google Scholars link

We look forward to welcoming you at the seminar.

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