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Dr Sally Hancock



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

I am a Senior Lecturer in Education, specialising in higher education research. I am particularly interested in postgraduate education. My research has focused on inequalities in access to postgraduate study; doctoral student aspirations and career intentions; employment outcomes; and the educational and economic policies shaping these issues. Recent projects include the analysis of doctoral employment outcomes in the UK, and a review of doctoral training on behalf of the ESRC. My research has featured in Nature, the Times Higher Education, and informed guidance on doctoral supervision at a number of universities and through the UK Council for Graduate Education.

I completed my PhD at Imperial College London in 2012. I worked at the University of Edinburgh before joining the Department of Education at York in 2014. I teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies and programme leader for the PhD in Education. I am also a member of the departmental Ethics Committee.

University roles

  • Postgraduate Research Experience Committee
  • Research Culture Working Group


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 Higher Education and Studies in Higher Education.

In 2019, I was invited to join the Global Higher Education & Research steering group of the Worldwide Universities Network.

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323939