Journal Articles (published)

O’Shea, S., & Delahunty, J. (2018). “Getting through the day and still having a smile on my face!How do students define success in the university learning environment?”. Higher Education Research Development. 37(5),1062-1075, DOI:10.1080/07294360.2018.1463973

Delahunty, J. & O’Shea, S. (2019). “I’m happy and I’m passing. That’s all that matters”: Challenging discourses of university academic success through linguistic analysis. Language and Education.

Journal Articles (under review)

O’Shea, S. (under review). Boundaries, Borders and Beliefs: Exploring how first-in-family university student move into and through university. Submitted to British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Beath, O. & O’Shea S. (under review). Learning to ‘be’ a university student: Negotiating membership of the university community for first in family students. Submitted to Research Papers in Education.

Book Chapter (published)

O’Shea, S. & Delahunty, J. (2019). “That working-class ethic … where there’s a will there’s a way”: A strengths-based approach to developing employable scholars. In A. Diver (ed) Employable scholars in Higher Education: Challenges and choices in times of austerity. Springer

Conference Presentations

Conference ECER 2018, Bolzano, Italy. Paper “Notions of Success and Failure: How do Students Reflect Upon Academic Achievement in the Neo-Liberal University?” (A/Prof Sarah O’Shea, Dr Janine Delahunty, Prof Sally Varnham) (September)

Symposium, ECER 2018, Bolzano, Italy. Walking with Sen and Bourdieu: Exploring the persistence behaviours of older first-in-family university-students. Symposium Presentation: Capability and Habitus: Critical perspectives on widening participation, social mobility and student persistence within global higher education settings. (A/Prof Sarah O’Shea)

Invited Presentations

Hallam Guild International Visiting Scholar’s Seminar, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. “Notions of Success and Failure: How do Students Reflect Upon Academic Achievement in the Neo-Liberal University?” (A/Prof Sarah O’Shea, Dr Janine Delahunty) (October 2018)

Keynote at the Critical Perspectives on Transitions Into, Through and Beyond Higher Education Conference, University of Sussex (UK). Older and first: Navigating the transitions of older students who are the first in their family to attend university. (A/Prof Sarah O’Shea) (October, 2018)

Visiting Scholars Lunchtime Seminar, Manchester Metropolitan University. Crossing boundaries and navigating borders: Exploring how first in family students move through the university landscape (A/Prof Sarah O’Shea) (October 2018)