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Dr Michael Tomlinson BSc, PGCHE, PhD, FHEA

Associate Professor

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Dr Michael Tomlinson is Associate Professor within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

His research interests are in policy, mainly in relation to higher education, labour market, employability and marketisation. He’s interested in the construction of identities and how policy and social changes impact on institutions and stakeholders. His work combines critical conceptual analysis with an interest in developing practical tools and resources that can aid future career progression.

He has received research funding from the ESRC, Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), HEFCE (OfS) and the Greek Education Ministry to develop this research agenda. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Education and Work, British Journal of Sociology of Education and Higher Education Policy and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Eastern Finland.

He is happy to supervise prospective doctoral students in areas related to his substantive research interests.

Research interests

  • Employability
  • Employers
  • Identity
  • Marketisation / Consumerism
  • Forms of capital
  • Value and values

Research group

Leadership, Effective Education & Policy

Research project(s)

Engaged student learning: high impact strategies to enhance student achievement

The Impact of Covid-19 on Recent Graduates’ Career Decisions and Outcomes

  • Faculty Ethics Reviewer
  • Editorial Board Member for Journal of Education and Work
  • Editorial Board Member British Journal of Sociology of Education
  • Editorial Board Member for Higher Education Policy
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  • Contemporary Education Issues, Problems and Policies
  • Employability
  • PhD supervision
  • Msc supervision
Dr Michael Tomlinson
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 32/2049

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