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Stuart Sims

Stuart Sims

Job Title: Research Associate

Institution: WISERD Hub, Cardiff University




Originally from Plymouth, I came to Cardiff University in 2003 to study for a BSc Econ in Sociology. I applied to study for a PhD at Cardiff and was awarded 1+3 ESRC funding. I achieved my MSc in Social Science Research Methods in 2007 and have recently been awarded my PhD for my research entitled Exploring a potential correspondence between the structural conditions of universities and stratified graduate work. During my PhD I was a graduate teaching assistant on the modules Introduction to Social Science Research Methods and Education and Society

Research Interests

My research interests are largely focused around the reproduction of social class inequality through education. Specifically, my interest lies in the social process of universities and how they create particular types of workers in the labour market. I am strongly influenced by Marxist theories of education and stratification, in particular the correspondence theory of Bowles and Gintis.

Current Research

I am currently working with Prof. Sally Power on a project entitled ‘Tracking the progress of Assisted Place holders thirty years on’ which has been funded by the Sutton Trust. This project is tracking the long-term impact of a scheme introduced in the 1980s to support students from poor homes into private schools. A cohort of pupils who received these Assisted Places have been tracked throughout their lives in order to assess this policy and this project is investigating their current destinations.



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WISERD presents latest research at Hay Festival

26th May 2017

WISERD researchers will be talking about our work on young people, education and politics, as part of this year’s exciting line-up at the 30th anniversary Hay Festival.


WISERD welcomes Professor from Russian Academy of Science

25th May 2017

WISERD colleagues were delighted to welcome Professor Grigori Kliucharev from the Institute of Sociology at the Russian Academy of Science last month, as part of the WISERD Civil Society seminar series.


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