Social Mobility and Higher Education

The life experiences of first generation entrants in higher education

  • Mary Stuart
At a time when the shape of society in the UK is changing, this book makes clear what social mobility is and explores what enables upward mobility. Education is seen as a key element in creating opportunities and life chances central to developing a more equal society, but the diminishing level of opportunity available to people from lower socio-economic groups is increasingly causing concern. Mary Stuart examines the role of higher education in supporting social mobility from the viewpoint of students who went to university during the last half century. Based on nearly 150 life history accounts from graduates who were the first in their families to enter higher education, she shows how individuals moved from their families, often in poor communities, to achieve at university and go on to work in academia. Through a life history approach, the author analyses these graduates’ perceptions of the changes to their lives, their social position and its effect on their identities. The stories reveal a pattern of movement and of flow, often locating the individuals between and within class, gender and ethnic identities, and linking theories of social mobility to the wider debates on an increasingly mobile world. The book tracks the impact of changes to policies for higher education from the 1950s to the present day through the lens of individual life stories and richly details the effects of political decisions on ordinary people’s lives. Governments of all flavours have expressed interest in the question of social mobility. This book is important reading for policy makers, teachers, academics and university managers.
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The life experiences of first generation entrants in higher education

  • Mary Stuart
At a time when the shape of society in the UK is changing, this book makes clear what social mobility is and explores what enables upward mobility. Education is seen as a key element in creating opportunities and life chances central to developing a more equal society, but the diminishing level of opportunity available to people from lower socio-economic groups is increasingly causing concern. Mary Stuart examines the role of higher education in supporting social mobility from the viewpoint of students who went to university during the last half century. Based on nearly 150 life history accounts from graduates who were the first in their families to enter higher education, she shows how individuals moved from their families, often in poor communities, to achieve at university and go on to work in academia. Through a life history approach, the author analyses these graduates’ perceptions of the changes to their lives, their social position and its effect on their identities. The stories reveal a pattern of movement and of flow, often locating the individuals between and within class, gender and ethnic identities, and linking theories of social mobility to the wider debates on an increasingly mobile world. The book tracks the impact of changes to policies for higher education from the 1950s to the present day through the lens of individual life stories and richly details the effects of political decisions on ordinary people’s lives. Governments of all flavours have expressed interest in the question of social mobility. This book is important reading for policy makers, teachers, academics and university managers.

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Women and Success

Professors in the UK academy

  • Kate Hoskins
Remarkably little is known about the women who have successful careers in higher education. This book provides telling insights into the experiences of twenty women professors of different backgrounds and ages who work in various academic disciplines within the UK academy. Kate Hoskins examines the influences and factors which shape the capacity of some women to achieve high positions in a setting where they have historically been excluded. Drawing on Bourdieu’s concept of habitus, she analyses the impact of their identity – their social class, gender and ethnicity – in their choices of promotion pathways, their journeys of progression and their constructions of success. This is an innovative and engaging sociological analysis of career success. The stories are revealing and the empirical and theoretical understandings make the book essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, further and higher education professionals and active researchers.
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Professors in the UK academy

  • Kate Hoskins
Remarkably little is known about the women who have successful careers in higher education. This book provides telling insights into the experiences of twenty women professors of different backgrounds and ages who work in various academic disciplines within the UK academy. Kate Hoskins examines the influences and factors which shape the capacity of some women to achieve high positions in a setting where they have historically been excluded. Drawing on Bourdieu’s concept of habitus, she analyses the impact of their identity – their social class, gender and ethnicity – in their choices of promotion pathways, their journeys of progression and their constructions of success. This is an innovative and engaging sociological analysis of career success. The stories are revealing and the empirical and theoretical understandings make the book essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, further and higher education professionals and active researchers.

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Institutional Racism in the Academy

A Case Study

  • Andrew Pilkington
Race in higher education is under-researched but empirical research shows unremitting reluctance to overcome ‘the sheer weight of whiteness’. By contrasting the university with the region’s police, the study reveals the approach of each to race equality.
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A Case Study

  • Andrew Pilkington
Race in higher education is under-researched but empirical research shows unremitting reluctance to overcome ‘the sheer weight of whiteness’. By contrasting the university with the region’s police, the study reveals the approach of each to race equality.

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Chinese Learning Journeys

Chasing the Dream

  • Feng Su
Charts the learning journeys of eight Chinese students across national and continental boundaries and socio-cultural contexts and draws out the implications for higher education in the UK. This book deepens our understanding of the overseas student experience and how this is shaping the aspirations of a future generation of Chinese citizens.
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Chasing the Dream

  • Feng Su
Charts the learning journeys of eight Chinese students across national and continental boundaries and socio-cultural contexts and draws out the implications for higher education in the UK. This book deepens our understanding of the overseas student experience and how this is shaping the aspirations of a future generation of Chinese citizens.

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Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning across the United Kingdom

Policy, organisation and governance

  • Ann Hodgson
  • Ken Spours
  • Martyn Waring
This book brings together the perspectives of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across England, Wales and Scotland. It analyses each country’s approach to national policy, organisation, governance and practice.
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Policy, organisation and governance

  • Ann Hodgson
  • Ken Spours
  • Martyn Waring
This book brings together the perspectives of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across England, Wales and Scotland. It analyses each country’s approach to national policy, organisation, governance and practice.

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Remaking Adult Learning

Essays on adult education in honour of Alan Tuckett

  • Jay Derrick
  • Ursula Howard
  • John Field
  • Peter Lavender
  • Sue Meyer
  • Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein
  • Tom Schuller
Charting challenges and successes in the sector, Remaking Adult Learning illustrates how taking part in well-thought-out adult learning programmes can have a positive and sometimes life-saving impact on people’s lives.
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Essays on adult education in honour of Alan Tuckett

  • Jay Derrick
  • Ursula Howard
  • John Field
  • Peter Lavender
  • Sue Meyer
  • Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein
  • Tom Schuller
Charting challenges and successes in the sector, Remaking Adult Learning illustrates how taking part in well-thought-out adult learning programmes can have a positive and sometimes life-saving impact on people’s lives.

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Identity Crisis

Working in Higher Education in the 21st Century

  • Liz Marr
  • Rachel Forsyth
Higher education managers, administrators and academics live in a world seemingly directed by league tables, targets, widening participation, competition at regional, national and international levels, student loans, variable fees, technology renewal and an increasing staff-student ratio. This book offers a counter to these external pressures.
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Working in Higher Education in the 21st Century

  • Liz Marr
  • Rachel Forsyth
Higher education managers, administrators and academics live in a world seemingly directed by league tables, targets, widening participation, competition at regional, national and international levels, student loans, variable fees, technology renewal and an increasing staff-student ratio. This book offers a counter to these external pressures.

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Asian Women in Higher Education

Shared Communities

  • Kalwant Bhopal
More Asian women are entering higher education in the UK than ever before, and the number looks likely to rise. This book examines the experiences of young Asian women in higher education and the difficulties they face because they have no shared background of engagement with the British university system.
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Shared Communities

  • Kalwant Bhopal
More Asian women are entering higher education in the UK than ever before, and the number looks likely to rise. This book examines the experiences of young Asian women in higher education and the difficulties they face because they have no shared background of engagement with the British university system.

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Changing Lives

Women, Inclusion and the PhD

  • Barbara Ann Cole
  • Helen Gunter
Telling stories of completing doctoral studies at a particular personal and professional stage in their lives, this title features contributors who reveal their experience of the resultant life changes, and speaks to people who are at different stages in their own careers and studies.
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Women, Inclusion and the PhD

  • Barbara Ann Cole
  • Helen Gunter
Telling stories of completing doctoral studies at a particular personal and professional stage in their lives, this title features contributors who reveal their experience of the resultant life changes, and speaks to people who are at different stages in their own careers and studies.

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Transforming Global Higher Education

A feminist perspective

  • Miriam David
This lecture applies a feminist perspective to the question of whether higher education has been transformative over the last three decades.
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A feminist perspective

  • Miriam David
This lecture applies a feminist perspective to the question of whether higher education has been transformative over the last three decades.

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