Liz Harrison contributed to higher education in many ways. Her research into doctoral identity is ground-breaking and her thesis, awarded in 2010, was recognised by the examiners as providing a significant contribution to our understanding of the doctoral process. The Liz Harrison PaperHeaDs scholarship is one way of remembering this contribution and taking her work forwards. 

Liz was a founder member of PaperHeaDs, a group of women who came together in 2001 to support each other in their varied journeys towards a PhD.  Her unwavering enthusiasm and positive attitude, her insightful comments and her empathetic listening were invaluable in the group.  

Sadly Liz passed away in 2012. This scholarship will enable other women academics to find, create, foster and enjoy the kinds of communal processes facilitated by PaperHeaDs. The scholarship fund relies on donations and will be awarded to a woman academic (or group of women) who is working on a doctorate, in any field. A national call for scholarship applications is every second year and the beneficiary is selected by the trustees of the scholarship.

Who was Liz?

Learn a bit more about this wonderful woman.

PaperHeads: The group

Find out about the history of PaperHeads.

PaperHeads: The book

Liz Harrison's book 'Paperheads: Living Doctoral Study, Developing Doctoral Identity' looks at doctoral education and the importance of support for the person.

PaperHeads: The scholarship

Find out about the scholarship developed in Liz Harrison's name and in support of her work.


Read more about the
first recipients of the scholarship


Find out how to apply for the scholarship.


Find out how to contribute to the scholarship.

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