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BME students' progression on vocational education programmes (in further education colleges

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    Dr Warmington
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Project Description

Since the 1970s a significant body of research on race and education has emerged in the UK. Much of this has focused on schooling and, in recent years, on higher education. However, there has been little sustained investigation of race, racism and racialisation in further education – and particularly in vocational education and training. This is a perplexing gap, since anecdotal evidence suggests that race and racism are factors in the distribution and progression of learners in post-compulsory education and training. Moreover, national and international data has suggested racialized patterns of inequality in educational achievement, (un)employment and career progression.

This PhD aims to
Investigate BME learners’ pathways, attainment and progression on 'non-advanced' vocational education programmes
Examine guidance and advice offered to BME students applying to 'non-advanced' vocational education courses
Explore current policy debates on ‘warehousing’ and ‘dead-end’ vocational education and training.

Dr Paul Warmington is Reader in Education & Social Justice and Deputy Director of Research in the School of Education.

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Funding Notes

There is no funding specifically linked to this project.

Where applicable, applicants will be supported to apply for ESRC, AHRC or University of Birmingham studentships or bursaries. Information about studentships in Education is available here: www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/scholarships/index.aspx

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Warmington, P. (2015) Dystopian social theory and education, Educational Theory, 65(3), 265-281 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/edth.12112/abstract
Warmington, P. (2014) Black British Intellectuals & Education: multiculturalism’s hidden history (Routledge) http://routledge-ny.com/books/details/9780415809375/
Warmington, P. (2012) ‘A tradition in ceaseless motion’: critical race theory and black British intellectual spaces, Race Ethnicity and Education, 15(1), 5-21http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13613324.2012.638861

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