How much mixing goes on in universities?

On Friday, I am looking forward to acting as a discussant at an event run by Sumi Hollingworth, to disseminate the findings from her recent research on social mixing within higher education institutions. In case you’re interested in coming along, I’ve pasted some details from the seminar flyer below, and you can sign up here.

Join us at this event where the findings of a research project on student friendships in Higher Education will be presented. Specifically, the research is interested in the extent of mixing across both social and ethnic difference, drawing on qualitative in-depth interviews with first year undergraduates, in one case study university. A panel discussion will broaden out to discuss the implications for Higher Education more broadly, and the possibilities for social mobility through the ‘university experience’.

This research, led by Dr. Sumi Hollingworth, Senior Research Fellow at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, assisted by Nicole Lucas, was supported by a small grant from the Society for Educational Studies.


12.00pm – 1.00pm Presentation of research findings

Sumi Hollingworth, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University

Researcher on social mixing in urban multicultural contexts; class race and gender inequalities in education

1.00 – 2.30pm Panel discussion of research findings

Panellists include:

Nicola Ingram, University of Lancaster (Researcher on the ‘Paired Peers’ project, which focuses on the experiences of working-class and middle-class young people as they make their way through undergraduate programs at two different universities in the same city)

Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey (Researches widely on student friendships and social network; internationalisation and student mobility; and Students Unions)

Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Runnymede Trust

A representative from the NUS Committee


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