Paul Wakeling

Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, University of York,
Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK

Paul Wakeling


Curriculum Vitae

Full curriculum vitae [in PDF format]


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of York (2012).

PhD in Sociology. Title: Social class and access to postgraduate education in the UK: a sociological analysis, University of Manchester, 2009. Download it here

MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics (with distinction, top of class), University of Manchester, 2005 .

MA in Education (by research). Title: "Social class and progression to postgraduate study in England", University of York, 2002.

BA (Hons) in Sociology (first class, top of class), University of Liverpool, 1995

Main publications

Wakeling, P., Berrington, A. and Duta, A. (2015) Investigating an age threshold for independence at postgraduate level. Bristol: HEFCE.

Savage, M., Cunningham, N., Devine, F., Friedman, S., Laurison, D., Mckenzie, L., Miles, A., Snee, H. and Wakeling, P. (2015) Social Class in the 21st Century. London: Pelican Books.

Wakeling, P. (2015) Programme Analysis of HEFCE’s Postgraduate Support Scheme: Final Report to ESRC and HEFCE. Bristol: HEFCE.

Wakeling, P., Hancock, S., Hampden - Thompson, G. and Coxhead, A. (2015) Understanding the student: Consortium research on PGT access and motivations. In T. Strike and J. Toyne (eds.) Widening Access to Postgraduate Study and Fair Access to the Professions. Sheffield: University of Sheffield.

Wakeling, P. and Savage, M. (2015) Entry to elite positions and the stratification of higher education in Britain. Sociological Review, 63 (2), 290 – 320.

Wakeling, P. and Savage, M. (2015) Elite universities, elite schooling and reproduction in Britain. In van Zanten, A., Ball, S. J. and Darchy-Koechlin, B. (eds) World Yearbook of Education 2015 - Elites, Privilege and Excellence: the National and Global Redefinition of Educational Advantage, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 169 - 184. [Link]

Wakeling, P. and Hampden-Thompson, G. (2013) Transition to higher degrees across the UK: An analysis of national, international and individual differences. York: Higher Education Academy.

Wakeling, P. and Jefferies, K. (2013) The effect of tuition fees on student mobility: the UK and Ireland as a natural experiment. British Educational Research Journal, 39 (3): 491 - 513. DOI:10.1080/01411926.2012.658022

Wakeling, P. (2010) Inequalities in postgraduate education: a comparative review. In G. Goastellec (ed) Understanding Inequalities In, Through and By Higher Education, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 61 - 74.

Wakeling, P. and Kyriacou, C. (2010) Widening Participation from Undergraduate to Postgraduate Research Degrees: a Research Synthesis. Swindon: ESRC and NCCPE. [Download]

Wakeling, P. (2010) Is there such thing as a working-class academic? In Y. Taylor, ed. Classed Intersections: Spaces, Selves, Knowledges, Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 35 - 52. [Link]

Wakeling, P. (2010) Education and the state 1850 to the present. In J. Arthurs and I. Davies, eds. The Routledge Education Studies Textbook. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 30 - 40.

Wakeling, P. (2009). Are ethnic minorities underrepresented in UK postgraduate study? Higher Education Quarterly, 63(1): 86-111.

Wakeling, P. (2008) Social inequality, class and the classics. Sociology 42 (4), 760-766.

Wakeling, P. (2007) White faces, black faces: is British sociology a white discipline? Sociology 41 (5): 945-960.

Wakeling, P. (2005) La noblesse d'état anglaise? Social class and progression to postgraduate study. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 26 (4): 505-522.


2015 HEFCE (£43,284) Investigating an age-threshold for independence at postgraduate level (with Ann Berrington and Adriana Duta, University of Southampton)

2014 - 2015 Higher Education Funding Council for England (£2.9M project total) 'Widening Access to Postgraduate Study and the Professions' (Principal Investigator for data-led element of the Postgraduate Support Scheme project led by University of Sheffield and involving the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Warwick and York).

2014 - 2015 Higher Education Funding Council for England (£98,916) 'Programme Analysis of the Postgraduate Support Scheme'

2012 - 2013 Higher Education Academy (£9,864) 'Transition to postgraduate study across the UK: quantifying influential factors across institutions and countries' (with Gillian Hampden-Thompson)

2011 - 2012 British Academy Small Grant (£7,390) 'Access to doctoral study: a multi-institutional investigation of participation and non-participation at PhD level' (with Adél Pásztor, Northumbria University) (ref. SG101994)

2009 - 2010 NCCPE-ESRC Research Synthesis (£14,985) 'Widening Participation from Undergraduate to Postgraduate Research Degrees' (with Chris Kyriacou)

2009 - 2010 ESRC International Training and Networking Opportunities award (£39,997 F.E.C.) for ‘Comparative educational pathways – an international spring school’ (joint with Gillian Hampden- Thompson and Vanita Sundaram) (ref. RES-810-210-0032)

2005 - 2006 C-SAP Postgraduate project funding of £1,960 for project entitled Postgraduate study in sociology, anthropology and politics: what is the effect of ethnicity? (joint with Jerry Johnson) (award no. PG05-13)

2004 – 2008 ESRC 1+3 studentship in Statistics, Computing and Methodology (award no. PTA -030-2003-01311)


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