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School of Applied Social Sciences

SASS Staff

Dr Vikki Boliver

Director of Research - Reader in Sociology / Social Policy in the School of Applied Social Sciences

Contact Dr Vikki Boliver (email at vikki.boliver@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Listen to me discuss ethnic and school type inequalities in university admissions chances on Radio 4 You and Yours (from 6 mins 24 seconds in) on 14th October 2015. Read the accompanying paper Are university admissions fair? Researchers need access to non-personal applicant data to find out for sure.

To request a copy of any of my publications please email me at vikki.boliver@durham.ac.uk

Vikki joined the School of Applied Social Sciences in September 2011. Before coming to Durham, Vikki studied Sociology at Leicester University (BA), Cambridge University (MPhil) and Oxford University (DPhil) and was a Departmental Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford, a Nuffield Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard, a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford, and a Sociology Lecturer at Bath Spa. At Durham Vikki teaches the first year undergraduate research methods module, Introduction to Research, and the masters level module, Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences. In 2014 she was awarded a Durham University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award.

Vikki’s current research focuses on social inequalities of access to higher status universities, and on patterns and processes of social mobility across multiple generations. She welcomes enquiries about supervision from students who want to write an undergraduate, masters or doctoral dissertation on something to do with educational inequality or social mobility, or who are keen to use quantitative research methods.

Supervisees

      • Silvia Soriano-Rivera
      • Yalda Afzali

Publications

Journal Article

Chapter in book

  • Dilnot, C. & Boliver, V. (Forthcoming). Admission to medicine and law at Russell Group universities: the impact of A-level subject choice. In Widening Participation in Higher Education: Towards a reflexive approach to research and evaluation. Hayton, A. & Stevenson, J. Trentham.
  • Boliver, V. (Accepted). Ethnic inequalities in admission to elite universities. In Race and Higher Education. Arday, J. & Mirza, H.S. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Boliver, V., Gorard, S. & Siddiqui, N. (Forthcoming). How can we widen participation in higher education? The promise of contextualised admissions. In The University as a Critical Institution?. Eggins, H. & Deem, R. Sense.
  • Boliver, V. & Wakeling, P. (Forthcoming). Social mobility and higher education. In Encyclopaedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Teixeira, P.N. & Shin, J.C. Springer.
  • Boliver, V. & Sullivan, A. (2016). Getting up and staying up: understanding social mobility over three generations in Britain. In Everyone a Winner? Being and Becoming Socially Mobile. Lawler, S. & Payne, G. Routledge.
  • Boliver, V. (2016). How meritocratic is admission to highly selective UK universities?. In Higher Education and Social Inequalities: Getting In, Getting Out and Getting On. Waller, R., Ingram, N. & Ward, M. BSA and Routledge.
  • Waters, M., Heath, A., Tran, V.C & Boliver, V. (2013). Second generation attainment and inequality: primary and secondary effects on educational outcomes in Britain and the US. In The Children of Immigrants at School: A Comparative Look at Integration in the United States and Western Europe. Alba, R. & Holdaway, J. New York University Press.

Book review

Newspaper/Magazine Article

Working Paper

Indicators of Esteem

Research Interests

  • Educational inequalities, especially social class and ethnic inequalities of access to higher status universities
  • Social stratification and mobility, in particular patterns and processes of social mobility across multiple generations of family members
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Applied and policy-relevant research

Research Groups

  • Policy, Professions and Communities

Research Projects

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Research

    (60 hours/year.)
  • Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

    (20 hours/year.)
  • Societies in Transition

    (4 hours/year.)

Supervises

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • General policy: Access to higher education; social class and ethnic inequalities in education; social mobility; quantitative research methods
  • Sociology: Access to higher education; social class and ethnic inequalities in education; social mobility; quantitative research methods

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