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Winning UK doctoral degree outcomes and graduates' backgrounds project

Posted on 11 July 2016

Congratulations to Dr Sally Hancock who is a Society for Research into Higher Education Newer Researcher Award prize winner.

Sally won the funding for her project 'Who gets what? Understanding UK doctoral degree outcomes in terms of graduates’ background characteristics and prior higher education experience’. The project will run from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017.

This project will allow Sally to explore the career outcomes of recent UK doctoral graduates. The project will involve a quantitative analysis of linked data from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey and the HESA Student Record. It seeks to answer the question of ‘who gets what’ from doctoral study, by examining doctoral outcomes in the context of prior academic experiences, and personal and socio-economic background characteristics.

Sally is a Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of York. She specialises in higher education research, and is particularly interested in access and equity issues, higher education policy, and doctoral education. For further information about the award please see: