Dr Richard Waller

About me

My original degree was in Sociology and Politics, and after a year as an NUS sabbatical I joined the civil service through their graduate recruitment scheme. I left there to re-train as a lecturer at Cardiff University, and held a number of part-time teaching roles in FE colleges (mainly Sociology and on Access to HE courses) and HE (including on UWE's Sociology degree course) from 1994-2003. I also worked p/t in the University of Bristol's Widening Participation office 2000-2001. I completed my MSc in Sociology in 2001, and began a PhD on a bursary later that year, a study of adults returning to education as mature students and the impact it had on their lives. I joined UWE's Faculty of Education in a full-time Senior Lecturer role in 2003, and completed my PhD as a part-time student in 2006. I was promoted to Director of Lifelong Learning in 2009, then became Associate Head of Dept in 2011. In Sept 2012 I became Associate Professor of the Sociology of Education. I am co-leader of the departmental research group, and jointly lead our PhD and Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) programmes. I also co-convene UWE's Education Research Network (ERNie). I am on the editorial board of four journals, and a trustee of the British Sociological Association.

Area of expertise

Post-compulsory education; Sociology of Education; Student experience/s; Qualitative research methods; Identity; Education and social class; Education and gender; Masculinty and sociaol class; Adult education teacher training

My Publications