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Research Profile

Mr Stuart Sims 

Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Address:1-3 Museum Place


  • BScEcon Sociology (2003-2006)
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods (2006-2007)
  • ESRC Education Award PhD Studentship (2006-present)

All at Cardiff University


Teaching Assistant (1st Year Education and Society)

Research Interests

My research interests cover social reproduction of class inequalities through the educational experiences. Specifically this includes examining the different work and social environments created by universities of different status. This research attempts to prove a theory that the style of teaching and environment at a university corresponds to a particular strata of the graduate labour market. Therefore, only people who have attended ‘elite’ universities can enter ‘elite’ graduate work because they have been adequately prepared socially and intellectually. This argument presupposes a graduate labour market that is far from homogenous and is in fact strictly stratified. This theoretical framework is based upon a new application of the correspondence theory first proposed by Bowles and Gintis in Schooling for Capitalist America

PhD Topic / Area

How a stratified Higher Education system in the United Kingdom reproduces structural inequality in the graduate labour market


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