Dr Sally Hancock



BA (Durham), MSc (London School of Economics), PhD (Imperial College London)

I am a Lecturer in Education, specialising in higher education research. I am interested in inequalities in access to higher education; outcomes from higher education (including postgraduate study and labour market destinations); higher education policy analysis; and doctoral education. My work has featured in Nature, Times Higher Education, and the Guardian newspaper.

I joined the department in 2014, working first as a Research Associate before beginning a lectureship in 2015. I previously held research appointments at the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College London, and have conducted research for a think-tank (Demos), an independent social research institute (NatCen), and on behalf of the UK government.

I teach on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules relating to the sociology of education, education policy, and research methods; and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Available PhD research projects

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External activities


I am a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education, the British Sociological Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

I peer-review for a number of journals including Studies in Higher Education, and I am an editorial board member of Teaching in Higher Education.


Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323939