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Tamsin Bowers-Brown

Dr Tamsin Bowers-Brown BA (Hons), MA, MA, PhD, PGC LTHE, FHEA.

Principal Lecturer


I am the Head of Post-Graduate Courses for the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion. Through my teaching I aim to foster strong student engagement and co-develop creative pedagogies. My research interests are in inequalities in education specifically in relation to socio-economic class and widening participation in higher education.

  • About

    Principal Lecturer, Head of Postgraduate Taught Courses, Education, Childhood and Inclusion. 

    Positive student engagement is at the heart of my teaching philosophy in which I aim to co-create a space for open debate and critical analysis through opportunities for students to understand the application of what they are learning. I have been awarded both Faculty and University recognition for Inspirational Teaching which reflects my approach to putting student experience at the centre of my approach to learning and teaching.

    As a sociologist of education I have a particular interest in analysing educational policy and practice in relation to societal inequalities; specifically the impact of socio-economic class and the work of Pierre Bourdieu. My PhD study explored 'how girls 'do' secondary education: achievement, choice making and hopes for the future'; through qualitative methods I explored how policy and dominant discourses shape girls' ways of understanding themselves and their futures. 

  • Teaching

    Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Policy and the politics of education 
    Educational identities
    Critical social theory
    Inequalities and disadvantage

  • Research

  • Publications

    Bowers-Brown, T. (Forthcoming, 2017) Austerity and Aspiration: Willing the Inevitable? Supergirls, Girls' Talk and Bourdieu's toolkit in International Perspectives on Theorizing Aspiration: Applying Bourdieu's Tools. Bloomsbury.

    Bowers-Brown, T. (Forthcoming  2017) Working-class girls, self-adaptation and belonging in secondary education e in Langmead, D (editor)  Interrogating belonging among young people in schools. Palgrave-McMillian

    Bowers-Brown, T. (2016) ‘It’s like if you don’t go to uni, you fail in life’: Bourdieu, decision making and the forms of capital in Ingram, N. Burke, C. and Thatcher, J. (2016) Bourdieu:  The Next Generation. 

    Sphorer, K, Stahl, G & Bowers-Brown, T (Forthcoming) The Aspiration Discourse: a policy analysis.

    SPOHRER, Konstanze, STAHL, Garth and BOWERS-BROWN, Tamsin (2018). Constituting neoliberal subjects? ‘Aspiration’ as technology of government in UK policy discourse. Journal of Education Policy, 33 (3), 327-342.

    ADNETT, N., MCCAIG, C., SLACK, K. and BOWERS-BROWN, T. (2011). Achieving "transparency, consistency and fairness" in English HE admissions: progress since Schwartz? Higher education quarterly, 65 (1), 12-33.

    MCCAIG, C. and BOWERS-BROWN, T. (2007). Aimhigher: achieving social justice? In: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Institute of Education, University of London, September 5-8 2007.

    MCCAIG, Colin, STEVENS, Anna and BOWERS-BROWN, Tamsin (2006). Does Aimhigher work? evidence from the national evaluation. In: Higher Education Research Network, Sheffield, 2006. 1-16. (Submitted)

  • Other activities

    I am Book Review Editor along with Dr Garth Stahl for the International Studies in the Sociology of Education Journal.

    Member of the British Sociological Association Bourdieu Study Group.

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