Vikki Boliver is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.
Vikki is Director of Research and Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University.
Vikki joined the School of Applied Social Sciences in September 2011. Before coming to Durham, Vikki studied Sociology at Leicester University (BA), Cambridge University (MPhil) and Oxford University (DPhil) and was a Departmental Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford, a Nuffield Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard, a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford, and a Sociology Lecturer at Bath Spa.
At Durham Vikki teaches the first year undergraduate research methods module, Introduction to Research, and the masters level module, Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences. In 2014 she was awarded a Durham University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award.
Vikki’s current research focuses on social inequalities of access to higher status universities, and on patterns and processes of social mobility across multiple generations.
- Promoting fairer access to higher education: the value of contextualised admissions
- CGHE 2020 Annual Conference webinar: Governing public and private higher education in UK and beyond
CGHE research project
- Alternative, emerging and cross-border higher education provision and its relationship with mainstream provision
Select recent publications
- How meritocratic is admission to highly selective UK universities?
Higher Education and Social Inequalities: University Admissions, Experiences, and Outcomes. Routledge. 37-53. 2018.
- Social mobility and higher education
Encyclopaedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Springer. 2018.
- Misplaced optimism: how higher education reproduces rather than reduces social inequality
British Journal of Sociology of Education 38(3): 423-432. 2017.
- Critically evaluating the Effectively Maintained Inequality hypothesis
British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science 15(2): 1-9. 2016.
- Exploring ethnic inequalities in admission to Russell Group universities
Sociology 50(2): 247-266. 2016.