Cherry Canovan

Cherry Canovan
University of Central Lancashire | UCLAN · Widening Participation and Public Engagement

PhD, Lancaster University

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20 Research Items
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Introduction
Cherry Canovan is a research associate at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research focuses on how we can encourage underrepresented groups to participate in higher education, and particularly in science. Cherry moved to the social sciences following a PhD in Mathematical Physics. In a previous existence she worked as an education journalist at Times Higher Education and the Times Educational Supplement.
Additional affiliations
April 2017 - present
University of Central Lancashire
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Research focusing on assessing the impact of universities' efforts to reach out to underrepresented communities
Education
August 2008 - November 2016
Lancaster University
Field of study
  • Mathematical Physics
September 2003 - June 2008
Lancaster University
Field of study
  • Physics
October 2001 - June 2004
Durham University
Field of study
  • Politics and Economics

Publications

Publications (26)
Preprint
Many organisations in the UK work with schools to try to increase numbers of young people from underrepresented groups progressing to higher education. However public debate about the efficacy of these programmes rarely centres the views of schools themselves, often giving the sense that schools are passive recipients of these activities. This stud...
Technical Report
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The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) has commissioned UCLan to produce the standardised guidance on ethics for field research on widening participation and student success. The resulting guidance offers an overview of ethical considerations that come with various research methods used in that field. The...
Technical Report
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The role of widening participation (WP) organisations as external providers of activities to schools has become well-established during the 21st century. These organisations tend to focus on increasing university attendance among low-participation communities, although some have a more specific career-based focus or target particular groups. Howeve...
Preprint
*THIS WORKING PAPER HAS NOT YET BEEN PEER REVIEWED. ALL COMMENTS WELCOME* This study is part two of an ongoing investigation into the impacts of the UK’s Covid-19 related school closures on primary science teaching and learning. In part one, conducted during the closures of spring 2020, we found that science teaching had suffered in ways that were...
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The role of peer and friendship-group conversation in educational and career choices is of great relevance to widening participation (WP) practitioners, but has been little studied in recent years. We interviewed young people and WP practitioners in Carlisle, an isolated city in the UK, to interrogate this subject. We found that young people were c...
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This study is Part Two of an ongoing investigation into the impacts of the UK’s COVID‐19‐related school closures on primary science teaching and learning. In Part One, conducted during the closures of spring 2020, we found that science teaching had suffered in ways that were likely to entrench inequality in who can access STEM education and careers...
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Prolonged Covid-19-related school closures in the UK raised concerns that science teaching and learning at primary level would be negatively impacted. This paper reports the findings of phase 1 of a study that the authors are conducting with teachers and parents to explore this issue. We found that a significant proportion of teachers were providin...
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Widening participation in science is a long-held ambition of governments in the U.K. and elsewhere; however numbers of STEM entrants to university from low-socioeconomic status groups remain persistently low. The authors are conducting a long-term school-based space science intervention with a group of pupils from a very-low-participation area, and...
Technical Report
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How are young people’s educational and career choices influenced by their friendship group, and their peers more widely? How much do young people even talk about the future? These are important issues for our understanding of the different factors that work together to determine postschool trajectories, and for the development of widening participa...
Preprint
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Prolonged Covid-19-related school closures in the UK raised concerns that science teaching and learning at primary level would be negatively impacted. This paper reports the findings of phase 1 of a study that the authors are conducting with teachers and parents to explore this issue. We found that a significant proportion of teachers were providin...
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Science festivals are seen as a success story for public engagement with science, with numbers rapidly growing. However, research has shown that attendees at such events tend to be more affluent, better-educated and more interested in science than populations at large. This has led to calls for research into how festivals can widen participation be...
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Science festivals are a rapidly-growing phenomenon worldwide, and many such events host trips by school parties. However, what type of learning takes place on these visits, and how effective it is, is an area that merits more academic study. This paper investigates these questions from the perspective of three groups – teachers, pupils and festival...
Technical Report
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This report examines learning on school visits to science festivals through the prism of existing research on learning on school trips more broadly. It highlights the ways in which the sector effectively promotes learning on school visits, and gives a series of recommendations for improvement.
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Young people’s decisions to study post-compulsory science are strongly influenced by the attitude of their parents, but many families, especially those from deprived backgrounds, see science as ‘narrow’ and ‘not for us’. We asked whether family attendance at a science festival — a growing but under-studied activity — could shift attitudes. Our mixe...
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Parental attitudes are a key determinant of whether a young person goes on to university, but parents from low-participation areas sometimes feel ill-equipped to advise their children. This study looks at whether visiting a university campus for a fun, informal event can alter parents' feelings of comfort with, and knowledge about, higher education...
Conference Paper
Funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, Blackpool PIER (Physics: Inspire, Engage, Research) is an intensive, three-year longitudinal programme working with a targeted group of young people in an area of high deprivation in the North West of England. The project aims to increase the participants' science capital via a series of i...
Conference Paper
Funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, Blackpool PIER (Physics: Inspire, Engage, Research) is an intensive, three-year longitudinal programme working with a targeted group of young people in an area of high deprivation in the North West of England. The project aims to increase the participants' science capital via a series of i...
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Parental attitudes are a key determinant of whether a young person goes on to university, but parents from low-participation areas sometimes feel ill-equipped to advise their children. This study looks at whether visiting a university campus for a fun, informal event can alter parents' feelings of comfort with, and knowledge about, higher education...
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This body of work illustrates the use of a covariant electrodynamics 'toolkit' to tackle a number of previously unresolved problems in classical electrodynamics. We use differential forms together with covariant boundary conditions and a new model of constitutive relations for moving media to give clear solutions to a selection of physical question...
Conference Paper
The dispersive properties of a medium can be altered by its motion. A covariant model of these properties can allow us to calculate the effects of both linear and accelerated motion.
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This note offers a conceptually straightforward and efficient way to formulate and solve problems in the electromagnetics of moving media based on a representation of Maxwell's equations in terms of differential forms on spacetime together with junction conditions at moving interfaces. This framework is used to address a number of issues that have...
Conference Paper
This talk presented the preliminary findings of an attempt to model the effects of dispersion in a variety of materials in a fully covariant framework. A constitutive model that exhibits dispersion in a stationary intrinsic magneto-electric medium was discussed and compared with induced magneto-electric properties arising in homogeneous dispersive...
Conference Paper
The Wilson-Wilson controversy threatens to attack the basis of Einstein's work on special relativity. Through the use of differential geometry we can confirm that a key experiment backing up his work was, contrary to some recent claims, correctly analysed.

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