Dr Anna Mountford-Zimdars
Associate Professor, Director of the Centre for Social Mobility


Anna is the Academic Director of the Centre for Social Mobility.

Anna's main research is in the areas of

  • Student Access, Progress, and Success in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Policy 

Her book comparing university admissions in the United States and England came out in paperback in September 2017. Her two most recent articles have focused on the experience of disadvantaged UK students studying at elite US universities and the background of Pro-Vice Chancellors for Learning and Teaching in UK universities

She is currently leading a collaborative project with colleagues at Exeter and a range of university and third sector partners on evaluation standards in outreach activities commissioned by the Office for Students; Anna and Joanne Moore are launching their project on contextual admissions for the Fair Education Alliance in July 2018.

Anna co-edits the journal Higher Education Review with Dr Neil Harrison and Dr Colin McCaig.

Anna is the incoming director of the PCAP programme for newer academics at the Universtiy of Exeter. Full details of the programme can be found here

She is happy to discuss PhD and Masters supervision with potential candidates.


BA (Hons, Kent), MSc (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)



Anna joined the Universitiy of Exeter after researching Higher Education and teaching on staff development programmes at King's College London, she undertook her post-doctoral research at the University of Manchester where she was part of the Institute for Social Change and visited Harvard as part of the Manchester-Harvard initiative. During her doctoral studies at New College, Oxford, she also spent time at New York University as a visiting scholar.   

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Contact details

Internal tel4959
Tel+44 (0) 1392 724959
AddressNorth Cloisters
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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