Reading group

During the 2016-17 academic year, the project team set up a sociology of higher education reading group. This meets regularly throughout the year (about once a month), at the University of Surrey, to discuss an article chosen by group members. As we’ve had interest in the group from researchers from outside the University of Surrey, we’ve listed below the texts we’ve talked about so far.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Rachel Brooks ( for details about the next meeting. All HE staff and students are very welcome!

December 2017, Are postgraduate qualifications the ‘new frontier of social mobility’?, by Paul Wakeling and Daniel Laurison

November 2017, The spin-off of elite universities in noncompetitive, undifferentiated higher education
systems: an empirical simulation in Italy, by Giovanni Abramo and Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo

October 2017, Exploring Ethnic Inequalities in Admission to Russell Group Universities, by Vikki Boliver

June 2017: ‘Graduate blues’: Considering the effects of inverted symbolic violence on underemployed middle class graduates, by Ciaran Burke

May 2017: Theorizing student mobility in an era of globalization, by Fazal Rizvi

March 2017: What kind of citizenship for European higher education? Beyond the competent active citizen, By Gert Biesta

February 2017: Changes in doctoral education: Implications for supervisors in developing early career researchers, by Stanley Taylor

December 2017: Student perceptions of themselves as ‘consumers’ of higher education, By Michael Tomlinson

November 2017: Higher education and the achievement (and/or prevention) of equity and social justice, By John Brennan and Rajani Naidoo