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About Ciaran Burke

Ciaran Burke Ciaran Burke was awarded his PhD in Sociology in 2012 from Queen's University Belfast. On completing his PhD, he took up a Lectureship in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus. His doctoral and subsequent research is focused on the effectiveness of widening participation initiatives and social mobility. Taking a broadly Bourdieuian theoretical approach, his research questions how social class affects individuals' aspirations/expectations and their ability to successfully negotiate social space in the context of accessing higher education and university graduates' employment trajectories