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Dr Camille Kandiko Howson

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education

Academic Head of Student Engagement

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Dr Camille B. Kandiko Howson joined King's Learning Institute in 2008. In a cross-institutional capacity she is working on student engagement and experience enhancement initiatives at KCL. She provides leadership in terms of engaging students and staff with areas of educational development policy and student engagement with educational enhancement. She also leads the King’s Experience Internship scheme for undergraduate students.

She is involved in national higher education policy research on students and the student experience, working with HEFCE/BIS/HEA on Learning Gains research; with HEFCE and the HEA on student surveys, including NSS and UKES; with the QAA on student engagement and student expectations; and the Leadership Foundation on academic motivation, prestige and gender.

Camille’s current research focuses on international and comparative higher education, with areas of interest in the student experience, student engagement and the curriculum; interdisciplinarity and creativity; academic motivation, prestige and gender; and developing the use of concept mapping in higher education and intersectionality in research design.

Camille holds a first degree in English and Classics from Cornell University (USA) and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from The University of Pennsylvania (USA). She was awarded her PhD by Indiana University (USA) in 2007; her thesis title was Student Engagement in Canada and the U.S. in an Era of Globalization. Before taking up successive posts at the Institute (Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Fellow), she was project associate at IU working on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).


King's Research Profile


Camille's current research interests are in international and comparative dimensions of Higher Education, student experience surveys, student engagement and curriculum change; and academic motivation. Supporting this research are analysing metrics used in higher education; the role of surveying student engagement in the student experience and the environment for learning; and intersectionality as a methodological approach to exploring student and academic identities.


Details of funded research (pdf 30kb)


Selected Publications
  •  Kandiko Howson, C. B. (2014). Feedback to and from students: building an ethos of student and staff engagement in teaching and learning, in Fry, H., Ketteridge, S., and Marshall, S. (Eds.), The International Handbook of Teaching and Learning, 4th ed. Taylor-Francis.
  • Coate, K., & Howson, C. K. (in press). Indicators of esteem: gender and prestige in academic work. British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2014.955082
  • Kandiko, C. B. & Weyers, M. (Eds.). (2013). The Global Student Experience: An International and Comparative Analysis. International Higher Education series. London: Routledge.
  • Kandiko, C. B., Hay, D. B., & Weller, S. (2013). Concept mapping in the Humanities to facilitate reflection: Externalising the relationship between public and personal learning. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 12(1), 72-91.
  • Kandiko, C. B. & Kinchin, I. M. (2013). Developing discourses of knowledge and understanding: Longitudinal studies of PhD supervision. London Review of Education, 11(1), 46-58.
 Full Publications

PhD Supervision


Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Academic Practice in Higher Education

  •  Management and Leadership in Higher Education
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