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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.



Latest News
Strong WISERD Presence at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Annual Research Conference

8th September 2017

Work from WISERD’s Civil Society Research Programme featured prominently at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Annual Conference in Nottingham, September 7-8. The WISERD stand (pictured) did brisk business with high levels of interest from conference-goers.


WISERD GCSE blog series explores young people’s views on choice and fairness

23rd August 2017

Across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, many 16-year-olds are awaiting the release of their GCSE results tomorrow. This year, for the first time, students in England will receive results for some subjects using the new (9-1) grading system, while students in Northern Ireland and Wales will continue to have their papers graded using the existing A*-U system.


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