Dr Vikki Boliver
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.
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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.
- Silvia Soriano-Rivera
- Yalda Afzali
Indicators of Esteem
- 2014: British Journal of Sociology of Education editorial board member:
- BSA Sociology journal editorial board member:
School of Applied Social Sciences
- Policy, Professions and Communities
School of Applied Social Sciences
- Mapping and evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions in Scotland
- The impact of a market in tuition fees on fair access to more prestigious universities and subjects
School of Education
- Mapping and Evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions in Scotland
- 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
Introduction to Research(60 hours/year.)
Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences(20 hours/year.)
Societies in Transition(4 hours/year.)
- 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.
Departmental working papers
- Chan, T. & Boliver, V. (2011). Social mobility over three generations in Britain. Sociology Department Working Paper, Oxford University 2011-04.
- Boliver, V. (2010). Maximally maintained inequality and effectively maintained inequality in education: operationalizing the expansion-inequality relationship. Sociology Department Working Paper, Oxford University 2010-05.
- Boliver, V. (2004). Widening participation and fair access at the University of Oxford. Sociology Department Working Paper, Oxford University 2004-02.
Journal papers: academic
- Boliver, V. (2015). Are there distinctive clusters of higher and lower status universities in the UK?. Oxford Review of Education 41(5): 608-627.
- Boliver, V. (2015). Exploring ethnic inequalities in admission to Russell Group universities. Sociology
- Boliver, V., Gorard, S. & Siddiqui, N. (2015). Will the Use of Contextual Indicators Make UK Higher Education Admissions Fairer?. Education Sciences 5(4): 306-322.
- Chan, T. W. & Boliver, V. (2014). Social Mobility Over Three Generations in Finland: A Critique. European Sociological Review 30(1): 13-17.
- Heath, A., Sullivan, A., Boliver, V. & Zimdars, A. (2013). Education Under New Labour, 1997-2010. Oxford Review of Economic Policy 29(1): 227-247.
- Boliver, V. (2013). How fair is access to more prestigious UK Universities?. British Journal of Sociology 64(2): 344-364.
- Chan, Tak Wing & Boliver, Vikki (2013). The grandparents effect in social mobility: evidence from British birth cohort studies. American Sociological Review 78(4): 662-678.
- Boliver, V. & Swift, A. (2011). Do comprehensive schools reduce social mobility?. The British Journal of Sociology 62(1): 89-110.
- Boliver, V. (2010). Expansion, differentiation, and the persistence of social class inequalities in British higher education. Higher Education 61(3): 229-242.
Journal papers: popular
- Boliver, V (Accepted). Fewer top university offers go to black and Asian students, but UCAS research doesn’t explain why. The Conversation
- Boliver, V. (Published). Universities must aim higher on ethnic equality and diversity. The Conversation
- Boliver, V (Published). University admissions data must be made available to academic researchers. Economics of Higher Education (26 February 2015)
- Boliver, V. (Published). Why do elite universities admit so few ethnic minority applicants?. The Guardian (Tuesday 8 July 2014).
- Boliver, V. (2015). Are top universities biased against ethnic minority students?. Integration Hub Blog
- Boliver, V. & David, M. (2015). Funneling funds to elite universities won’t guarantee world ranking success. The Conversation
- Boliver, V & Gorard, S (2015). Should students from state schools be given priority access to university?. The Conversation
- Boliver, V. (2015). Universities must act collectively to remedy lower offer rates for ethnic minority applicants. Society for Research into Higher Education blog post
- Boliver, V. (2015). Why are British Ethnic Minorities Less Likely to be Offered Places at Highly Selective Universities? in Alexander, C. and Arday, J. (eds) Aiming Higher: Race, Inequality and Diversity in the Academy. Runnymede Perspectives 15-18.
- Parel, K. & Boliver, V. (2014). Ethnicity trumps school background as a predictor of admission to elite UK universities. Economics of Higher Education (9 May 2014).
- Boliver, V. (2014). Hard Evidence: why aren’t there more black British students at elite universities?. The Conversation 9th April 2014.
- Boliver, V. (2013). Access to Britain’s top universities is far from fair. University World News (Issue No. 268).
- Boliver, V. & Byrne, D. (2013). Social mobility: the politics, the reality, the alternative. Soundings: A journal of politics and culture Winter 2013(55).
- Boliver, V. & Swift, A. (2012). Schools and social mobility. Sociology Review 22(2).
- Boliver, V. & Swift, A. (2011). Comprehensive schools and social mobility. Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy 19(2): 32-36.
- Are university admissions fair?
- Poverty and Social Exclusion website
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