Dr Laura Barnett
Academic and research departments
I joined the Department of Higher Education as a Lecturer in April 2018. In my role, I design and support teaching on the 'Graduate Certificate for Learning and Teaching' (GCLT) Programme, coordinate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for staff at Surrey and support the 'Surrey Excellence in Teaching' pathway for staff to become Fellow/Senior of the Higher Education Academy.
My research interests include the sociology of education; inclusion; widening access and participation in Higher Education.
Prior to my role in the Department of Higher Education, I graduated with a BA Media and Cultural Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in 2009 and my PhD in Cultural Studies in 2018 at CCCU. My thesis was an ethnographic study of youth drinking cultures in a London community. My previous roles in Higher Education have included teaching undergraduates on the Media and Cultural Studies programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and Learning Development roles at the University of Roehampton and the University of Surrey to support students with their academic skills development, success and progression.
Areas of specialism
I am broadly interested in the sociology of education including social inequalities in higher education and widening access and participation.
Influenced by my PhD research, I am also interested in youth studies, alcohol studies, gender and ethnography.