This research topic focuses on the experiences of social class and social mobility in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). In particular, the research will explore not only aspects which demonstrate social changes in the academy, and their effect on student intake, academic performance and the student experience (including graduate outcomes) but also staff experiences of teaching the changing student cohort and how they adapt to this.
While the researcher will need to demonstrate some familiarity with existing research literature around social class, social, cultural, economic and social capital, and also social mobility, the research will use a qualitative approach to generating data. This could be, for example, a project which uses ethnography as its primary methodology but similarly, use of focus groups, semi structured and unstructured interviews may also be appropriate.
As you might be able to infer, this is very much a multi-stranded piece of sociological and educational research. We are hopeful that interested candidates can come up with novel, interesting but well thought out research proposals. To this end, the supervisor encourages interested candidates to discuss the focus of the research and its methodology.
This is a self-funded PhD project; applicants will be expected to pay their own fees or have a suitable source of third-party funding. UK/EU applicants may be able to access the Doctoral Loan from Student Finance.