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Reader in Education, Brunel University London

Dr Kate Hoskins is a Reader in Education at Brunel University. Her research focuses on education policy, identity, inequalities in relation to further, higher education opportunities, and experiences. Her current research project draws on life history interviewing to explore Early Years Educators construction and enactment of their professional identities, with a particular focus on their higher education pathways. In her co-authored book Education and Social Mobility: Dreams of Success (IOE, Trentham Books, 2014) she and Professor Barker drew on data collected through paired interviews with 88 15-18 year olds in two secondary schools to explore their aspirations for the future.

She recently published a book entitled Youth Identities, Education and Employment: Exploring Post-16 and Post-18 Opportunities, Access and Policy, which is based on in-depth qualitative interviews and focus groups with teachers and students in a case study school and investigates how policy, family background, social class, gender and ethnicity influence young people’s post-16 and post-18 education access.


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    Reader in Education, Brunel University London