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Marta Ulanicka

Marta Ulanicka

PhD student

My project focuses on two European countries, England and Poland, and explores their particular contexts and efforts to address social justice in their Higher Education (HE) systems, through examining patterns of access, policies, institutional practices, and the student experience.

My professional background is in Learning Development, where I worked in a number of roles to develop students’ academic literacies and skills, and ease their transition to HE.

My ultimate objective is to make a contribution to the body of knowledge around social justice and widening participation in HE, and to inform the development of recommendations for fairer HE policies at national and institutional levels, thereby contributing to the enhancement of social justice in the education sector.


Research Areas

Higher Education, Social Justice, Widening Participation, International Comparative Research, Mixed Methods

Research Projects

Research Assistant, ‘A Fair Chance for Education’ Project, July - August 2021


Ulanicka, M.M. (2023) Widening participation and social justice in Higher Education: An international comparison of inequalities, policies and student experiences; PhD project presentation [delivered in Polish]. Presented to members of the Education Policy and Social Research on Education Unit, Department of Education, University of Warsaw, as part of an overseas institutional visit. Warsaw, Poland.

Ulanicka, M.M. (2022) The characteristics of the Polish Higher Education sector: Implications for social justice. University of Warwick 9th Annual Education Studies PGR Conference [online]. Coventry, UK.

Awards Received During Doctoral Studies

Overseas Institutional Visit (ESRC funded), Department of Education, University of Warsaw (04.23-06.23)