Staff profile

Dr Katy Vigurs

Associate Professor


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS)



I am Associate Professor of Careers and Higher Education in the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS). I have published on a wide range of educational and methodological issues and have undertaken research across a number of education sectors, including primary and secondary education, community and adult education, and further and higher education. I am a sociologist of education and have a particular interest in researching policy and practice relating to inequalities in higher education, including the related area of student finance reform and its impact on the stratification of higher education. I am on the editorial board of one international journal and am a peer reviewer for numerous other journals. I was previously Associate Professor of Higher and Professional Education at Staffordshire University.

I am currently working on several externally funded educational research projects. These include: an Office for Fair Access project to develop understanding on how universities evaluate their pre-16 widening participation outreach activities; a four year project funded by the Gatsby Foundation on good quality careers education in schools and colleges; a Department for Education project on the role of work placements in technical education; a HEFCE Catalyst funded project on evaluating a student attainment intervention across three HEIs; a National Collaborative Outreach Programme funded project across two counties; a Careers and Enterprise Company project on the role of careers websites.

I am interested in supervising doctoral research projects that investigate educational inequalities, particularly in the field of higher education. I am particularly keen to develop collaborative studentships with non-academic external partners.

Teaching responsibilities

I am an experienced postgraduate supervisor and have supervised many Masters and PhD students on a wide range of educational research topics. I have also worked and published in the area of doctoral education since 2010.

I welcome PhD and EdD applications in the following areas:

I have examined ten doctoral theses at the following universities:

I am currently supervising the following doctoral researchers:

I have a number of doctoral completions to date:

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