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I research in the field of higher education. My interests and theoretical approaches build on a disciplinary background in sociology. I am a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at King's College London, King's Learning Institute.


In my research, I seek answers to empirical, theoretical, and applied questions such as: 

1) Is the stratification of society related to participation in undergraduate and postgraduate higher education and entry into the labour market?


2) How do universities select their students? How does this differ across countries? Do differences in selection processes matter for social stratification?

3) How are differences in student progression in higher education generated? Does higher education act towards 'equalising the playing field' or further magnifying pre-existing differences between students? 

4) How can universities support diverse students? What best practice exists for building inclusive and supportive classrooms? 


I have had opportunities to work on questions of fairness and university admission with the University of Oxford and with the Bar Council of England and Wales. These projects have resulted in publications in sociology, education, and law journals. I am committed to disseminate findings through media and policy engagement to aid public discussions and the evidence-base for policy making.

I have recently directed a HEFCE  funded project with ARC network and Dr Duna Sabri on differences in student progression in higher education. I have also worked with Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne of CRAC  and colleagues from York and Durham universities on an HEA-funded project on best practice in postgraduate progression. 


I lead seminar groups on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice which prepares academics for the teaching aspect of their academic role. I am module leader for a module entitled "Enhancing Teaching in a Context of Diversity", this module is an example of research-led teaching as it draws on my own area of expertise. I have previously taught "Research Methods" modules at postgraduate level and undergraduate level as well as having taught modules in the Sociology of Education and in Political Sociology and I am currently teaching Advanced Research Methods for the Doctorate in Education programme. 


I have experience in supervising dissertations at postgraduate taught (MSc / MA) and postgraduate research (PhD) level and welcome enquiries about undertaking doctoral level work with me.

    I am programme director for 'Preparing to Teach', a provision for those newer to teaching (usually doctoral students and other Graduate Teaching Assistants) that leads to Associate of the Higher Education Academy.