Dr Richard Waller

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) Social Science, PGCE (FE), MSc Sociology, PhD
  • Position:Associate Professor of the Sociology of Education
  • Department:ACE - Education and Childhood
  • Telephone:+4411732 84100
  • Email:Richard.Waller@uwe.ac.uk

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 further education college 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, helping get more mature students into the university. I completed my MSc in Sociology in 2001, and began a PhD full-time 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, completing my PhD as a part-time student in 2006. I was promoted to Director of Lifelong Learning in 2009, and became Associate Head of Dept in 2011. In Sept 2012 I was appointed Associate Professor of the Sociology of Education. I am co-leader of the BRIDGE 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 led UWE's successful Education Unit of Assessment submission to the REF2014 exercise, and am the lead for the prospective REF2021 Education UoA submission. I am on the editorial board of four journals, and both a Trustee and a Publications Director of the British Sociological Association, for whom I have previously been Education Study Group convenor and conference Education stream co-ordinator.

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 social class; Adult education teacher training


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