This month we have five copies of Higher Education and Social Inequalities: University Admission, Experiences, and Outcomes edited by Richard Waller, Nicola Ingram and Michael R.M. Ward – ready to giveaway.
A university education has long been seen as the gateway to upward social mobility for individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and as a way of reproducing social advantage for the better off. With the number of young people from the very highest socio-economic groups entering university in the UK having effectively been at saturation point for several decades, the expansion witnessed in participation rates over the last few decades has largely been achieved by a modest broadening of the base of the undergraduate population in terms of both social class and ethnic diversity.
However, a growing body of evidence exists in the continuation of unequal graduate outcomes. This can be seen in terms of employment trajectories in the UK. The issue of just who enjoys access to which university, and the experiences and outcomes of graduates from different institutions remain central to questions of social justice, notably higher education’s contribution to social mobility and to the reproduction of social inequality.
This collection of contemporary original writings explores these issues in a range of specific contexts, and through employing a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The relationship between higher education and social mobility has probably never been under closer scrutiny. This volume will appeal to academics, policy makers, and commentators alike. Higher Education and Social Inequalities is an important contribution to the public and academic debate.
If you are interested in receiving one of these free copies, please email Claire Simmons with your name and postal address and we will pick five winners at random in February. Please note that you must be a BSA member to enter this book draw. If you aren't a member and would like to find out how to become one and see what other benefits are available to you please visit the Membership section.
Thank you to everyone that entered last month’s free giveaway, Miseducation by Diane Reay. We are pleased to announce that the five winners were Adam Bodin, Ken Browne, Siobhan Dytham, Natalia Gerodetti and Claire Maxwell. Congratulations to you all.