International Academic Mobility, Agency, and LGBTQ+ Rights: A Review of Policy Responses to Internationally Mobile LGBTQ+ Staff/Students at UK HE Institutions with Recommendations for a Global Audience

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Hamilton, F and Giles, C. (2021). International Academic Mobility, Agency, and LGBTQ+ Rights: A Review of Policy Responses to Internationally Mobile LGBTQ+ Staff/Students at UK HE Institutions with Recommendations for a Global Audience. Policy Reviews in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/23322969.2021.1969990
AuthorsHamilton, F and Giles, C.
Abstract

Globalisation is a major driving factor in the Higher Education sector, which has resulted in significant developments relating to international academic mobility. This includes the establishment of international campuses, increasingly global facing research and extensive student international exchange schemes. We explore the advice given to LGBTQ+ staff and students in UK Higher Education Institutions (‘HEIs”) who engage in international mobility of this kind. Analysing data collected through Freedom of Information requests, we demonstrate that the advice given is overwhelmingly heteronormative, ignoring the potential challenges that LGBTQ+ travellers might fact and underestimating the impact of the disparate global landscape of LGBTQ+ rights. Drawing on agency literature, we argue that HEIs should develop detailed and informed policy which gives LGBTQ+ travellers greater agency during the travel process. We suggest that the lessons that can be learned from the UK context can be applied internationally by HEIs adapting to and developing in the increasingly globalised HE landscape.

KeywordsUK higher education; equality and diversity; LGBTQ+ rights; academic employment; globalisation
Year2021
JournalPolicy Reviews in Higher Education
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN2332-2950
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/23322969.2021.1969990
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Online30 Aug 2021
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Accepted17 Aug 2021
Deposited01 Sep 2021
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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Policy Reviews in Higher Education. Frances Hamilton & Cameron Giles (2021) International academic mobility, agency, and LGBTQ+ rights: a review of policy responses to internationally mobile LGBTQ+ staff/students at UK HE institutions with recommendations for a global audience, Policy Reviews in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/23322969.2021.1969990. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

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