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Prof Rachel Brooks
Room 722a
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
  • Professor of Higher Education
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education
I joined University College London in July 2019. I have previously worked for the University of Surrey (where I was Head of the Department of Sociology, and an Associate Dean) and Brunel University, and began my career at the National Foundation for Educational Research. 

I am currently an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education, a member of Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education, and on the assessment panel for REF 2021 (sub-panel 23: Education). 
Research Summary
I am a sociologist of education, and most of my recent research has been conducted on various aspects of higher education (including international student mobility; student unions and other forms of student politics; higher education 'choice'; transitions from higher education into work; and the experiences of students with caring responsibilities). I am currently leading a European Research Council-funded project ('Eurostudents'), which explores the ways in which higher education students are understood by different social actors across Europe.

I am keen to supervise doctoral students who wish to conduct research in these and other areas connected to the sociology of higher education.
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