1st Edition

Researching Social Inequalities in Higher Education Access, Diversity and Inclusion

Edited By Vikki Boliver, Nadia Siddiqui Copyright 2025
    218 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing from original research and recent developments in theory, Researching Social Inequalities in Higher Education brings together insights from multiple national contexts and phases to consider a diverse range of equity issues in higher education.

    Authored by current and recently graduated PhD students, chapters examine the socioeconomic, ethnic and gender equalities at play within each of the following components:

    • access to higher education

    • the student experience

    • postgraduate destinations

    • the academic workforce

    An essential read for anyone researching higher education, or wishing to address social inequalities within higher education, this volume unpacks how higher education is becoming more accessible, inclusive, and beneficial to an increasingly diverse population of students and staff.

    Chapter 1. Issues of access, diversity and inclusion in contemporary higher education

    Vikki Boliver and Nadia Siddiqui


    Chapter 2: Do supported progression and bursary initiatives improve student outcomes?

    Nadia Siddiqui

    Chapter 3: Identifying contextually disadvantaged students in Chinese higher education

    Yiyi Tan

    Chapter 4: The links between higher dducation expansion, intakes and funding in China

    Jiayi Zhao


    Chapter 5: The experiences of working-class medical students in England and Portugal

    Luany Promenzio

    Chapter 6: Unpacking diversity in UK commuter students’ experiences

    Emma Maslin

    Chapter 7. The challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis to first generation elite university students

    Lewis Mates and Adrian Millican

    Chapter 8. Socioeconomic inequalities of access to elite graduate labour market positions in China

    Yujing Liu


    Chapter 9. Mapping the positionality of English for Academic Purposes practitioners in English universities

    Sharon Riddle

    Chapter 10: How organizational networks shape the career trajectories of Pakistani female professors

    Fouzia Sadaf

    Chapter 11. Who inhabits the spaces of power in elite universities?

    Tanya Fitzgerald and Sarah Jane Aiston


    Vikki Boliver is Professor within the Department of Sociology, Durham University, and has published widely on social inequalities impacting access to higher education. She is a leading expert on the use of contextual socioeconomic data to inform more equitable admissions decisions and has mentored dozens of doctoral and early career researchers.

    Nadia Siddiqui is Professor within the School of Education, Durham University. Currently, she is researching disadvantage in education to inform policy and practice. She also supervises postgraduate students and doctoral researchers within the university.