Samuel employs mixed methods approach to explore what makes higher education students invest time and effort in their learning. Under this broad topic, he has researched students’ reasons for undertaking a university qualification, and also looked at the role of teachers, and in particular, student – teacher relations. Recent studies have investigated the role of parents in students’ learning, and a review of literature on factors that influence students’ engagement with online evaluation systems. He has interest in education projects aimed at widening access and improving learning outcomes in Africa and other low-income contexts. Samuel is a Research Assistant within the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, where he is undertaking a project to map education research with implications for current policy and practice conducted by SSA-based researchers, institutes and networks.