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Dr Philip Woodward

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies

Institute of Education

Contact Details


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 & Research

Teaching Interests

Current Undergraduate Modules:

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

Current Postgraduate Modules:

Enhancing Learning and Teaching (MAED4140)

Research Interests

Higher education:

  • 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

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 Responsibilities

External Responsibilities