Holly Henderson

Doctoral Researcher

Current Status

Second Year, Full-time

Research Topic

Place, space and possible selves in the experiences of final year college-based HE students in Engand.

Research Summary

My research uses the context of undergraduate degrees taught in Further Education colleges in Engand to explore the role of place, space and imagined futures in educational subjectivities. I am working to bring together different theorisations of time and place in education, in order to think through the structural inequalities of English Higher Education, and the impact of these inequalities on how students see themselves. 

Research Interests

  • possible selves
  • space and place
  • Higher Education
  • narrative methodologies

Research Supervisors

Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker and Professor Deborah Youdell


ESRC PhD Studentship

Membership of Research and Professional Organisations

  • Society of Research into Higher Education
  • British Sociological Association
  • Association of Research into Post-Compulsory Education
  • British Educational Research Assocation


Henderson, H. (Forthcoming) 'Supportive', 'real', and 'low-cost': Implicit comparisons and universal assumptions in the construction of the prospective college-based HE student.  In Journal of Further and Higher Education. 

Holly Henderson, Jacqueline Stevenson and Ann-Marie Bathmaker (Eds) (Forthcoming) Possible Selves and Higher Education: New Sociological Insights. Routledge and SRHE

Additional information

I am currently the senior doctoral student representative for PGRs in the School of Education

Contact Details

Email: hch582@bham.ac.uk