Lisa Lucas is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Bristol. She is a sociologist of higher education and is Co-Director of the Centre for Knowledge, Culture and Society. Her research focuses on policy issues in higher education, primarily the funding and evaluation of university research, and the impact of this on university management as well as academic work in different European and Australasian countries. She researches academic work and identity, including early career researchers and the development of doctoral education. Her research work also focuses on access and equity in higher education and initiatives to widen participation for under-represented groups. She is involved in a Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) project entitled ‘Challenges of Access and Equity: the higher education curriculum answers back’, with colleagues from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and a European Commission (EC) funded project called ACCESS4ALL, which includes 6 European partners from Spain, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Finland and the UK. More information can be found at http://access4allproject.eu/.