Dr Nigel Kettley
University Senior Lecturer, Academic Director for Education and Social Science
Nigel has had a wide ranging teaching and research career in the fields of sociology, educational studies, research methods and teacher training. Before joining the Institute of Continuing Education in 2007, he was a Research Associate in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and earlier still an MPhil and then PhD student at Wolfson College.
Before returning to study in 1997, he was a lecturer in a Further Education college. He is an active researcher in the areas of widening participation, educational attainment and lifelong learning more generally with a particular focus on issues of gender, social stratification, educational practice and theory building.
Nigel teaches on a variety of courses for the Institute, supervises MPhil and PhD students for the Faculty of Education, and established and now directs the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching. He is also a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College and a member of the Faculty of Education.
Teaching and research supervision areas
Nigel is Academic Director for a number of courses at the Institute including: two Madingley Weekly Programme Courses (Crime and Deviance: Nuts, sluts and perverts? and Sex and Gender: Men, Women and Social Change); the Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Assessment; and the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching. He contributes to teaching on the Madingley Weekly Programme, the MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching and supervises MPhil and PhD students for the Faculty of Education.
Areas of research supervision at graduate level include the following: widening participation and higher education policy; gender and ‘social class’ divisions within education; the new sociology of masculinity; pedagogical practice in immediate post-compulsory education; issues of citizenship in education; and aspects of international higher education (including the growth of transnational higher education, gender differences in HE and the utility of notions of ‘capital’ for exploring class differences in university systems).
- Kettley, N. (2013) Review: ‘Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Viewing Data across Multiple Perspectives. By Alecia Y. Jackson and Lisa A. Mazzei’, British Journal of Educational Studies, DOI:10.1080/00071005.2013.768850.
- Kettley, N., Whitehead, J. M. and Borek, A. (in preparation) ‘Re-gendering financial worry? The impact of changing funding regimes on students’ experience and perception of debt in elite higher education’.
- Kettley, N. Borek, A. and Whitehead, J. M. (in preparation) ‘The squeezed middle? Social class, students’ funding packages and changing perceptions of financial assistance in elite higher education’.
- Kettley, N. C. and Whitehead, J. M. (2012) 'Remapping the landscape of choice: Patterns of social class convergence in the psycho-social factors shaping the HE choice process', Educational Review, Vol. 64, Number 4, pp. 493-510.
- Oliver, C. and Kettley, N. (2010) 'Gatekeepers or facilitators: the influence of teacher habitus on students’ applications to elite universities'. British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 31, No. 6, pp. 737-757.
- Kettley, N. (2010) Theory building in educational research. London: Continuum.
- Kettley, N., Whitehead, J. M. and Raffan, J. (2008) ‘Worried women, complacent men? Gendered responses to differential funding in higher education’, Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 111-129.
- Kettley, N. (2007) Educational attainment and society. London: Continuum.
- Kettley, N. (2007) ‘The past, present and future of widening participation research’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 333-347.
- Kettley, N. (2006) ‘It’s pretty cool to be clever: The marginal relevance of gender to educational practices and attainment at AS/A level?’, Evaluation and Research in Education, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 126-144.
- Kettley, N. (2005) Patterns of GCE A/AS level attainment in Further Education. Cambridge Studies in Social Research No. 9. Cambridge: SRG Publications.
- The history of educational attainment, widening participation and lifelong learning research
- The development, incorporation and restructuring of further education in England and Wales
- Differential student funding, bursary provision, public policy and legislative change in higher education
- Student recruitment, socio-economic experience and progression in further and higher education in England and Wales
- Gender, ethnic and socio-economic variations in educational attainment at GCSE and A/AS level in further education colleges combining numerical and narrative data
- Gender and social class theory with particular reference to the new sociology of masculinity, gender and power relations, and continuous measures and models of social stratification
- Mixed methods research design and theory-building in educational research including the development of inclusive and holistic research projects based on the conceptual tools of the Cambridge School of Sociology
- Theorising educational practice, the making or doing of education, without recourse to Bernstein, Bourdieu or postmodernism
Presentations and conference papers
- Differential student funding in higher education: female worry and male complacency. CamERA, The Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (2008)
- Factors that encourage and discourage students from entering higher education: an analysis by gender and social background of two national samples. Widening Participation in Higher Education East of England Regional Research Forum, St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge (2006)
- The past, present and future of widening participation research. Sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the ESRC/TLRP Workshop on Widening Participation, Institute of Education, University of London (2006)
- Social Stratification and AS/A Level Attainment. Social Class and Inequality Conference, Cardiff University (2005)
- Patterns of GCE A/AS Level Attainment in Further Education. The British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of York (2004)
- Access to Higher Education: Is Student Finance the Key Issue? CamERA, The Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (2004)
- Gender, Stratification and Attainment in Further Education, Research Colloquium, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (2003)
- Gender, Social Background and Differential A/AS Level Attainment in Further Education, Cambridge Social Stratification Seminar, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2001)
- Joint Principal Investigator, Cambridge Bursary Scheme Evaluation Project, Faculty of Education (a longitudinal (2000-2011) evaluation of the impact of differential student funding on access to Cambridge, students’ lifestyles and students’ destinations)
- Member of the Equality, Education and Development (EED) Research Group, Faculty of Education
- Editorial Advisory Board: British Journal of Sociology of Education
- Peer reviewer for the following journals: British Journal of Sociology of Education; Cambridge Journal of Education; British Educational Research Journal; British Journal of Educational Studies; and Educational Review
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- 'Education, education, education': the successes and failures of British schooling
- Crime and deviance: nuts, sluts and perverts?
- Decoding: from The Da Vinci Code to Cambridge spies
- Divided Kingdom: social class and inequality in modern Britain
- Education, education, education: the successes and failures of British schooling
- Health, wealth and poverty
- Inventing childhood
- MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching
- MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching
- Rebels without a cause? Youth cultures in modern Britain
How to get in touch
University of Cambridge
Institute of Continuing Education
Cambridge CB23 8AQ
Tel: +44 (0)1223 746291
Location: Hall Room 7
· Kettley, N. (2010) Theory building in educational research. London: Continuum.