Dr Philip Woodward


Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Education and Inclusion

Contact Details

email: p.woodward@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542043

Philip joined the Institute of Education at Worcester in 2015, as a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies. He brings extensive experience from both further and higher education.

In the higher education sector, Philip spent twelve years as an Associate Lecturer for The Open University working on a range of multidisciplinary social science courses. He has also contributed to the University of Greenwich Initial Teacher Education programme as an Associate Lecturer.

In the further education sector Philip spent nineteen years teaching Sociology in colleges in both London and Southampton on a range of courses. He also has extensive experience of managing curriculum teams, UCAS applications and pastoral provision.


  • EdD (Open) The significance of cultural and social capital in university choice: intra-class differences amongst working-class students
  • MEd in Lifelong Learning (Open)
  • MA in Film & Television Studies (Westminster)
  • MA in Philosophy (Kent)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Anthropology (Hull)
  • PGCE (FE) (Greenwich)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Equality and Diversity: The Educational Experience (EDST1111)
  • Inner City Education (EDST1108)
  • From Exclusion to Inclusion (EDST2111)
  • Organising Teaching and Learning (EDST3026)
  • Enhancing Learning and Teaching (MAED4140)

Research Interests

  • Intra-class differences in university choice and access to university
  • Perceptions of locality and the influence of social and cultural capital
  • The influence of familial exposure to Access education
  • Access to elite HEIs

Professional Bodies

  • Member of the British Sociological Association Bourdieu Study Group
  • Member of the British Educational Research Association
  • Member of the Society for Educational Studies


Matheson, C., and Woodward, P. (2014). "Post-compulsory education (further and higher education), in Matheson, D. (ed.), An Introduction to the Study of Education. London: Routledge.

External Roles