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Associate Professor Anna Mountford-Zimdars

Associate Professor Anna Mountford-Zimdars

Associate Professor, Director of the Centre for Social Mobility

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 +44 (0) 1392 724959

 North Cloisters NC132

 

North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

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

I direct the academic strand of the Centre for Social Mobility at the University of Exeter. I am  currently serving for the second year as a TEF national panel Widening Participation (WP) Expert. I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and Principal Fellow of ASPIRE, a member of the SRHE and academic associate of Advance HE. I have been an invited expert to the Milburn Commission on Social Mobility and the UUK social Mobility academic reference group (both 2016), I co-edited Higher Education Review until 2018 and was part of an OfS working group for the WP TEF metrics. I currently serve on editorial boards for two journals.

Research

My work uses theoretical, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research to investigate access to and progression within higher education.

I am also interested in broader issues of inequality, social reproduction and skills development as well as interventions that work in supporting individuals out of cycles of disadvantage.

My work has provided me with opportunities to work closely on admissions to the University of Oxford, entry into the legal Bar (pupillage), the causes of differences in degree attainment across English higher education and the potential for using contextualised admissions as a way to identify talent at the university gate. 

My appointment as first Centre Director of a new research stream at the University of Exeter was with a remit to support evidence and practice around widening participation within Exeter as well as undertaking broader research to support national and international academic discussions and policy developments in the field of widening participation and social mobility research.   

I am a REF-returned researcher having authored more than 50 national and international conference presentations, 30 peer-reviewed articles, five book-chapter, over a dozen research reportsand as well as one monograph, two edited books and two edited peer-reviewed journal special issues. I am leading the preparation of an impact case-study with colleagues from the Centre for Social Mobility for the REF2021. 

My monograph comparing university admissions in the United States and England came out in paperback in September 2017 and has been recognised through invited presentations in Washington, Utrecht and the Medical Admissions Council. My two most recent articles have focused on the experience of disadvantaged UK students studying at elite US universities using a Bourdieusian lens and looking at the disciplinary background of Pro-Vice Chancellors for Learning and Teaching in UK universities

My research has been funded by OfS and its predecessors HEFCE and OFFA, the EU, ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy, SRHE, CRAC, SEDA, Social Mobility Commission, Fair Education Alliance, (then) HEA, (then) SPA, institutions (Nuffield College Oxford, King’s College London, Manchester University, University of Exeter) and charities.

I am an experienced and effective Principal and Co-investigator in the field of HE entry and progression as illustrated by these select recent projects:

(1) 2014-2015: HEFCE, Differential Outcomes in Higher Education, PI  with Joanne Moore, Dr Steven Jones, Dr John Sanders, Louise Higham, Dr Duna Sabri (£61,000)

(2) 2015 – 2016, OFFA, The Effect of student support , Co-I , Prof Colin McCaig (PI), Dr Neil Harrison (£47,000)

(3) January –Mary 2018, Fair Education Alliance, Updating the review of Contextual Admissions, PI with Joanne Moore and Louise Higham (£12,000)

(4) 08.2017 – 03.2019 Evaluating Outreach Interventions, OfS, PI with Joanne Moore, Dr Pallavi Banerjee, Prof Debra Myhill (£102,000)

Teaching 

I direct the Academic Apprenticeship programme (APP) for newer academics at the Universtiy of Exeter. Full details of the programme can be found here

Prospective Students

I welcome independent motivated students. If you have a proposal within my research areas and would like to study at the University of Exeter, please email me to discuss further. 

Qualifications

BA (Hons, Kent) - First;  MSc (Oxon) - Distinction  DPhil (Oxon), PFHEA 

Career

Anna joined the Universitiy of Exeter after researching Higher Education inequality 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 a visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School. During her doctoral studies at New College, Oxford, she also spent time at the New York University Steinhardt School of Education as a visiting scholar. Anna is a German national and grew up in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg and still misses watching huge container vessels arriving in the harbour. 

Research group links

Research

Research projects

January –Mary 2018

Fair Education Alliance, £12,000, PI with Joanne Moore and Louise Higham, Updating the review of Contextual Admissions

August 2017 – Dec 2018

Evaluating Outreach interventions, OFFA, £70,000, PI with Debra Myhill, Pallavi Banjeree, Joanne Moore

April 2017

Evaluating TEF2 submission, HEA, co-investigator - Joanne Moore, John Sanders, Louise Higham, Anna Mountford-Zimdars, Steve Jones

March 2017 – March 2019

External examining HEA, £30,000, co-investigator - Joanne Moore, John Sanders, Anna Mountford-Zimdars

January 2017 -

HEFCE Raising Awareness, Raising Aspiration: £499,999

Samul Dent, Mary McKeever, Alison Stenton, Anna Mountford-Zimdars

January 2017 – January 2019

EU Erasmus Marie Curie individual  Fellowship scheme £ 135,000 total, Welcoming students; The first year experience

German Fernandez Vavrik, Anna Mountford-Zimdars (named supervisor on Fellowship)

June 2016 – Dec 2016

British Academy - Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences and Humanities  £20,000 PI, co-investigators: Joanne Moore, John Sanders, Frederico Matos

2016 – 2017

SEDA, £1,000, Principal Investigator with Claire Gordon co-investigator

2016 – 2016

Social Mobility Commission, Access to Science, led by ARC network, £12,500, co-investigator

2016 – 2017

King’s College Teaching and Learning fund – Peer-Assessment in War Studies, £3,000  led by Dr Matt Moran, co-investigator

2015 – 2016

OFFA, effect of student support, £47,000, led by Sheffield Hallam, co-investigator

2015 – 2015

HEA, postgraduate tender, £59,910, led by CRAC, co-Investigator

2014-2015

HEFCE award, student progression in Higher Education, Principal Investigator (£61,000) with Joanne Moore, John Sander, Steven Jones and Duna Sabri

2014-15

UCAS, ‘the future of SPA’, grant, Co-investigator, with Louise Higham (PI) and Joanne Moore (£21,000)

2014

 

Princeton University and King’s College London, publication grant for edited book with the University of Chicago Press ($2,600)

2013

HEFCE, Postgraduate Bursary grant, (£500,000), Co-I with PI Kim Wolff, matched funding of £600,000 from King’s secured

2013

SPA, ‘investigating the use of contextual data in admissions’, Co-I with ARC network, (£ 29,050)

2013

School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Research Grant, Co-I with Sharon Gewritz, Alan, Cribb and Tania de Croix, (£3,000)

2012 – 2014

Widening Participation evaluation grant, Co-I with Becky Francis (£75,000)

2012-2013

Spencer Foundation, Extended special Issue Type Setting Grant, Co-I with David Post and Daniel Sabbagh, ($7,000)

2012 – 2013

SRHE annual newer researcher prize, PI (£3,000)

2012 – 2013

Higher Education Academy, Teaching Development Grant, PI (£5,298)

2010 – 2011

Research seed funding, School of Social Sciences, PI (£3,000), + Co-I with Julian Skyrme on cofounding grant from the Admissions Office (£3,000)

2009 – 2010

Nuffield Foundation Access to Justice Small Grant PI (£3,754), Grant number SGS/37476

2009

Visiting scholar Grant, Harvard and Manchester Universities, PI (£7,000)

2008 – 2010

Thomas Pocklington Trust, Research Grant, Co-PI with James Nazroo (£10,000)

2007

BA Science Communication Competition, national Finalist, PI (£450).

2006

ESRC Overseas Research Grant, PI (£8,046)

2004 – 2007

ESRC doctoral studentship, competition award (~£ 55,000)

2004     

University of Oxford grant, Research Award, Postgraduate Entry, Co-I (£12,000)

2003 – 2006

HEFCE, Widening Participation grant, Co-I (£80,000)

Research networks

Society for Research into Higher Educaiton 

Senior Fellow HEA (now Advance HE)

Fellow, Staff and Educational Development Association 

Links


Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Kenedi G, Mountford-Zimdars A (2018). Does educational expertise matter for PVCs education? a UK study of PVCs’ educational background and skills. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 40(3), 193-207. Abstract.
Gaulter J, Mountford-Zimdars A (2018). The power of ‘unrecognizable habitus’: inclusion and exclusion among 10 British low-socio-economic status students abroad. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39(6), 876-890. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Moore J, Higham L, Sanders J, Jones S, Candarli D (2017). Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions. HEA, file:///C:/Users/k1077004/Downloads/TEF2%20Provider%20Submissions%20Review_2.pdf.
Brown K, Mountford-Zimdars A (2017). Exploring academic hiring and life in humanities and social sciences at an English research university through a PhD students-as-partners project. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 8(1), 15-29.
Zimdars AM (2017). Meritocracy and the University Selective Admission in England and the United States., Bloomsbury Publishing. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Sanders J, Moore J, Sabri D, Jones S, Higham L (2017). What can universities do to support all their students to progress successfully throughout their time at university?. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 21(2-3), 101-110. Abstract.

Publications by category


Books

Harrison N, Mountford-Zimdars A (eds)(2017). Access to Higher Education: Theoretical perspectives and contemporary challenges., Routledge.
Zimdars AM (2017). Meritocracy and the University Selective Admission in England and the United States., Bloomsbury Publishing. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Post D, Sabbagh D (2015). Fair Access to Higher Education Global Perspectives. Abstract.

Journal articles

Mountford-Zimdars AK, Tampubolon G (In Press). Ethnic Diversity and European's Generalised Trust: How Inclusive Immigration Policy can Aid a Positive Association. Sociological Research Online
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Moore J, Higham L (In Press). What is the current state of debate around the use of contextualised admissions for undergraduate admissions? a review of the current stakeholder perspective. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education Full text.
Grim J, Moore-Vissing Q, Mountford-Zimdars AK (2019). A comparative study of the factors shaping postsecondary aspirations for low-income students in greater Boston and greater London. British Journal of Sociology of Education Full text.
Kenedi G, Mountford-Zimdars A (2018). Does educational expertise matter for PVCs education? a UK study of PVCs’ educational background and skills. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 40(3), 193-207. Abstract.
Gaulter J, Mountford-Zimdars A (2018). The power of ‘unrecognizable habitus’: inclusion and exclusion among 10 British low-socio-economic status students abroad. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39(6), 876-890. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars A (2018). Who gets in?: strategies for fair and effective college admissions. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 66(2), 276-278. Author URL.
Brown K, Mountford-Zimdars A (2017). Exploring academic hiring and life in humanities and social sciences at an English research university through a PhD students-as-partners project. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 8(1), 15-29.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Sanders J, Moore J, Sabri D, Jones S, Higham L (2017). What can universities do to support all their students to progress successfully throughout their time at university?. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 21(2-3), 101-110. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Moore J, Graham J (2016). Is contextualised admission the answer to the access challenge?. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 20(4), 143-150. Abstract.  Full text.
Singh S, Mountford-Zimdars A (2016). Policy enactment in Widening Participation: enablers and barriers in a comparative English and Australian study. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 18(2), 22-49.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Flood J (2016). The Relative Weight of Subject Knowledge and Type of University Attended: a Comparison of Law Higher Education in England and Germany. SSRN Electronic Journal
Mountford-Zimdars A (2015). Contest and adjustment sponsorship in the selection of elites: Re-visiting Turner’s mobility modes for England through an analysis of undergraduate admissions at the University of Oxford. Sociologie, 6(2), 157-157. Full text.
Clark S, Mountford-Zimdars A, Francis B (2015). Risk, choice and social disadvantage: Young people’s decision-making in a marketised higher education system. Sociological Research Online, 20(3). Abstract.
Heath A, Sullivan A, Boliver V, Zimdars A (2013). Education under New Labour, 1997-2010. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 29(1), 227-247.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Sabbagh D (2013). Fair access to higher education: a comparative perspective. Comparative Education Review, 57(3 SUPPL), 359-368.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Jones S, Sullivan A, Heath A (2013). Framing higher education: questions and responses in the British Social Attitudes survey, 1983-2010. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34(5-6), 792-811. Abstract.  Full text.
Mellanby J, Zimdars A, Cortina-Borja M (2013). Sex differences in degree performance at the University of Oxford. Learning and Individual Differences, 26, 103-111.
Zimdars A, Nazroo J, Gjonça E (2012). The circumstances of older people in England with self-reported visual impairment: a secondary analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). British Journal of Visual Impairment, 30(1), 22-30.
Zimdars AK (2011). The Competition for Pupillages at the Bar of England and Wales (2000-2004)1. Journal of Law and Society, 38(4), 575-603.
Andersen R, Zimdars A (2010). Class, education and extreme party support in Germany, 1991–98. German Politics, 12(2), 1-23.
Zimdars A (2010). Fairness and undergraduate admission: a qualitative exploration of admissions choices at the University of Oxford. Oxford Review of Education, 36(3), 307-323.
Zimdars A (2010). The profile of pupil barristers at the Bar of England and Wales 2004–2008. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 17(2), 117-134.
Sullivan A, Zimdars A, Heath A (2010). The social structure of the 14–16 curriculum in England. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 20(1), 5-21.
Mellanby J, Zimdars A (2010). Trait anxiety and final degree performance at the University of Oxford. Higher Education, 61(4), 357-370.
Zimdars A, Sullivan A, Heath A (2009). Elite Higher Education Admissions in the Arts and Sciences: is Cultural Capital the Key?. Sociology, 43(4), 648-666.
Ogg T, Zimdars A, Heath A (2009). Schooling effects on degree performance: a comparison of the predictive validity of aptitude testing and secondary school grades at Oxford University. British Educational Research Journal, 35(5), 781-807.
Zimdars AK (2006). Testing the spill-over hypothesis: meritocracy in enrolment in postgraduate education. Higher Education, 54(1), 1-19.

Chapters

Mountford-Zimdars A (2019). Admissions. In Amey M, David M (Eds.) SAGE Encyclopedia of Higher Education.
Mountford-Zimdars AK (2019). The practical and ethical underpinnings of higher education access policies. In Delisle J, Usher A (Eds.) International Perspectives in Higher Education, Harvard Education Press.
Mountford-Zimdars A (2016). Can holistic and contextualised admission (HaCA) widen access at highly selective universities?: Experiences from England and the United States. In  (Ed) Access to Higher Education: Theoretical perspectives and contemporary challenges, 205-215.
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Teulon P (2014). AABe or not to AABe: a very English problem. In  (Ed) International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy a Reader, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars A (2014). Are admissions models for undergraduate study converging among highly selective universities in England and the US?. In  (Ed) Higher Education in the UK and the US: Converging University Models in a Global Academic World?, 91-112.
Mountford-Zimdars AK (2014). Who is the best? Selecting undergraduates in competitive admissions contexts. In  (Ed) International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy a Reader, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Sullivan A, Heath A (2012). Higher Education: Attitudes towards funding, fees and opportunities. In  (Ed) British Social Attitudes 28, SAGE Publications Limited. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Sullivan A, Heath A (2009). Cultural Capital and Admissions to Oxford. In  (Ed) Quantifying Theory: Pierre Bourdieu, Springer Science & Business Media. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars AK (2008). Ethnic minority applicants to Oxford: the challenges of achieving social justice at the university Gate. In Hallden K, Le Grand, Hellgren (Eds.) Ethnicity, equality and Justice: Beyond the paradigms of recognition and redistribution, Cambridge Scholar Press.

Reports

Mountford-Zimdars AK, Moore J, Higham L, Sanders J, Jones S, Candarli D (2017). Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions. HEA, file:///C:/Users/k1077004/Downloads/TEF2%20Provider%20Submissions%20Review_2.pdf.
Moore J, Higham L (2016). Access to Science Careers. Social Mobility Commission.
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Sanders J, Moore J (2016). Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences., British Academy.
Mountford-Zimdars AK, sanders J, jones S, sabri D, moore J (2015). Causes of Differences in Student Outcomes, Higher Education Funding Council for England. HEFCE.  Abstract.  Full text.
Moore J, Wiggans J (2013). Contextualised admissions: Examining the Evidence. Supporting Professionalism in Admissions.
Mountford-Zimdars AK (2010). Selection into Pupillage. Bar Council.
Nazroo J (2010). Social inclusion, social circumstances and the quality of life of visually impaired older people. Thomas Pocklington Trust.
Atkinson T (2004). The demographic profile of UK graduate students admitted to the University of. Oxford. University of Oxford.

Publications by year


In Press

Mountford-Zimdars AK, Tampubolon G (In Press). Ethnic Diversity and European's Generalised Trust: How Inclusive Immigration Policy can Aid a Positive Association. Sociological Research Online
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Moore J, Higham L (In Press). What is the current state of debate around the use of contextualised admissions for undergraduate admissions? a review of the current stakeholder perspective. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education Full text.

2019

Grim J, Moore-Vissing Q, Mountford-Zimdars AK (2019). A comparative study of the factors shaping postsecondary aspirations for low-income students in greater Boston and greater London. British Journal of Sociology of Education Full text.
Mountford-Zimdars A (2019). Admissions. In Amey M, David M (Eds.) SAGE Encyclopedia of Higher Education.
Mountford-Zimdars AK (2019). The practical and ethical underpinnings of higher education access policies. In Delisle J, Usher A (Eds.) International Perspectives in Higher Education, Harvard Education Press.

2018

Kenedi G, Mountford-Zimdars A (2018). Does educational expertise matter for PVCs education? a UK study of PVCs’ educational background and skills. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 40(3), 193-207. Abstract.
Gaulter J, Mountford-Zimdars A (2018). The power of ‘unrecognizable habitus’: inclusion and exclusion among 10 British low-socio-economic status students abroad. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39(6), 876-890. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars A (2018). Who gets in?: strategies for fair and effective college admissions. BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, 66(2), 276-278. Author URL.

2017

Harrison N, Mountford-Zimdars A (eds)(2017). Access to Higher Education: Theoretical perspectives and contemporary challenges., Routledge.
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Moore J, Higham L, Sanders J, Jones S, Candarli D (2017). Analysis of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF2) provider submissions. HEA, file:///C:/Users/k1077004/Downloads/TEF2%20Provider%20Submissions%20Review_2.pdf.
Brown K, Mountford-Zimdars A (2017). Exploring academic hiring and life in humanities and social sciences at an English research university through a PhD students-as-partners project. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 8(1), 15-29.
Zimdars AM (2017). Meritocracy and the University Selective Admission in England and the United States., Bloomsbury Publishing. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Sanders J, Moore J, Sabri D, Jones S, Higham L (2017). What can universities do to support all their students to progress successfully throughout their time at university?. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 21(2-3), 101-110. Abstract.

2016

Moore J, Higham L (2016). Access to Science Careers. Social Mobility Commission.
Mountford-Zimdars A (2016). Can holistic and contextualised admission (HaCA) widen access at highly selective universities?: Experiences from England and the United States. In  (Ed) Access to Higher Education: Theoretical perspectives and contemporary challenges, 205-215.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Moore J, Graham J (2016). Is contextualised admission the answer to the access challenge?. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 20(4), 143-150. Abstract.  Full text.
Singh S, Mountford-Zimdars A (2016). Policy enactment in Widening Participation: enablers and barriers in a comparative English and Australian study. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 18(2), 22-49.
Mountford-Zimdars AK, Sanders J, Moore J (2016). Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences., British Academy.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Flood J (2016). The Relative Weight of Subject Knowledge and Type of University Attended: a Comparison of Law Higher Education in England and Germany. SSRN Electronic Journal

2015

Mountford-Zimdars AK, sanders J, jones S, sabri D, moore J (2015). Causes of Differences in Student Outcomes, Higher Education Funding Council for England. HEFCE.  Abstract.  Full text.
Mountford-Zimdars A (2015). Contest and adjustment sponsorship in the selection of elites: Re-visiting Turner’s mobility modes for England through an analysis of undergraduate admissions at the University of Oxford. Sociologie, 6(2), 157-157. Full text.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Post D, Sabbagh D (2015). Fair Access to Higher Education Global Perspectives. Abstract.
Clark S, Mountford-Zimdars A, Francis B (2015). Risk, choice and social disadvantage: Young people’s decision-making in a marketised higher education system. Sociological Research Online, 20(3). Abstract.

2014

Mountford-Zimdars AK, Teulon P (2014). AABe or not to AABe: a very English problem. In  (Ed) International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy a Reader, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften. Abstract.
Mountford-Zimdars A (2014). Are admissions models for undergraduate study converging among highly selective universities in England and the US?. In  (Ed) Higher Education in the UK and the US: Converging University Models in a Global Academic World?, 91-112.
Mountford-Zimdars AK (2014). Who is the best? Selecting undergraduates in competitive admissions contexts. In  (Ed) International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy a Reader, Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften. Abstract.

2013

Moore J, Wiggans J (2013). Contextualised admissions: Examining the Evidence. Supporting Professionalism in Admissions.
Heath A, Sullivan A, Boliver V, Zimdars A (2013). Education under New Labour, 1997-2010. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 29(1), 227-247.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Sabbagh D (2013). Fair access to higher education: a comparative perspective. Comparative Education Review, 57(3 SUPPL), 359-368.
Mountford-Zimdars A, Jones S, Sullivan A, Heath A (2013). Framing higher education: questions and responses in the British Social Attitudes survey, 1983-2010. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34(5-6), 792-811. Abstract.  Full text.
Mellanby J, Zimdars A, Cortina-Borja M (2013). Sex differences in degree performance at the University of Oxford. Learning and Individual Differences, 26, 103-111.

2012

Mountford-Zimdars AK, Sullivan A, Heath A (2012). Higher Education: Attitudes towards funding, fees and opportunities. In  (Ed) British Social Attitudes 28, SAGE Publications Limited. Abstract.
Zimdars A, Nazroo J, Gjonça E (2012). The circumstances of older people in England with self-reported visual impairment: a secondary analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). British Journal of Visual Impairment, 30(1), 22-30.

2011

Zimdars AK (2011). The Competition for Pupillages at the Bar of England and Wales (2000-2004)1. Journal of Law and Society, 38(4), 575-603.

2010

Andersen R, Zimdars A (2010). Class, education and extreme party support in Germany, 1991–98. German Politics, 12(2), 1-23.
Zimdars A (2010). Fairness and undergraduate admission: a qualitative exploration of admissions choices at the University of Oxford. Oxford Review of Education, 36(3), 307-323.
Mountford-Zimdars AK (2010). Selection into Pupillage. Bar Council.
Nazroo J (2010). Social inclusion, social circumstances and the quality of life of visually impaired older people. Thomas Pocklington Trust.
Zimdars A (2010). The profile of pupil barristers at the Bar of England and Wales 2004–2008. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 17(2), 117-134.
Sullivan A, Zimdars A, Heath A (2010). The social structure of the 14–16 curriculum in England. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 20(1), 5-21.
Mellanby J, Zimdars A (2010). Trait anxiety and final degree performance at the University of Oxford. Higher Education, 61(4), 357-370.

2009

Mountford-Zimdars AK, Sullivan A, Heath A (2009). Cultural Capital and Admissions to Oxford. In  (Ed) Quantifying Theory: Pierre Bourdieu, Springer Science & Business Media. Abstract.
Zimdars A, Sullivan A, Heath A (2009). Elite Higher Education Admissions in the Arts and Sciences: is Cultural Capital the Key?. Sociology, 43(4), 648-666.
Ogg T, Zimdars A, Heath A (2009). Schooling effects on degree performance: a comparison of the predictive validity of aptitude testing and secondary school grades at Oxford University. British Educational Research Journal, 35(5), 781-807.

2008

Mountford-Zimdars AK (2008). Ethnic minority applicants to Oxford: the challenges of achieving social justice at the university Gate. In Hallden K, Le Grand, Hellgren (Eds.) Ethnicity, equality and Justice: Beyond the paradigms of recognition and redistribution, Cambridge Scholar Press.

2006

Zimdars AK (2006). Testing the spill-over hypothesis: meritocracy in enrolment in postgraduate education. Higher Education, 54(1), 1-19.

2004

Atkinson T (2004). The demographic profile of UK graduate students admitted to the University of. Oxford. University of Oxford.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards and Honours

 

2018 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF3) Panel Member, Expert on Widening Participation

2018: Reviewer for the Dutch National Research Council

2017: Reviewer for the HEA National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

June 2016: Invited Expert to Milburn Commission on Social Mobility

Jan 2016: Member of Academic Reference group, UUK social mobility review

2015: Reviewer for the Portugues National Research Council

2015: Winner of the BERA best poster prize 2015

2015: Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association 

Nov 2014: Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy

2013-2016 Member of the BERA publication committee; lead on scoping review of ethical guidance

May 2013: Invited Expert, HEFCE / OFFA round-table on the national strategy for Widening Participation

2014: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

2012 – 13: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Quality Code (Chapter B2) Recruitment and Admission, invited expert writer and member of the Steering Group

2012: Department for Business, Information and Skills forecasting unit, ‘Future drivers of social mobility, Invited expert participant

2012: International Conference on International Higher Education, Member of Scientific programme Committee

2011: Commission on Social Mobility, Alan Milburn Round-table, London, Invited Expert


External Examiner Positions

2016  EdD External Examiner: Liverpool

2016: External Examiner (critical friend), professional accreditation of academics against the SEDA framework, University of Oxford

2015-sept 2018 External Examiner for the Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

2014-Sept 2018 External Examiner for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Manchester


Evidence of impact on policy and professional practice

2012     Dublin, widening participation in admissions, invited international keynote

8.10. 2012: Milburn report on Higher education and social mobility, extensive references to the ‘Fair Admissions Conference’ in Manchester 2011 that I organised and chaired

08.03.2011: House of Commons - Hansard Debates, reference to the publication of Ogg, Zimdars and Heath

 

Date

Paper Title

Conference Title

Location

25 January 2018

Admitting students to selective courses in the United States and England

Invited Keynote

Utrecht

Utrecht, Netherlands

8 Dec 2017

Admitting students to selective courses in the United States and England

Invited Keynote

UKCAT

London, UK

September 2017

Is contextual admission the answer to the access challenge? – accepted

BERA

Sussex, UK

August 2017

Is contextual admission the answer to the access challenge? Part of a symposium promoting my co-edited book on access to HE – accepted

ECER

Copenhagen, Denmark

August 2017

The global access challenge and national responses

International Higher Education Policy Institute, Invited speaker

Washington, USA

July 2017

Teaching Excellence: Findings from British Academy commissioned research

HEA conference

Manchester, UK

May 2017

The Causes of differences in student progression

Invited Speaker UCL WP department

London, UK

12.2016

Book Launch with a symposium of theorists organised by co-editor N.Harrison

Society for Research into Higher Education annual conference

Newport, Wales

23.06.2016

Invited Keynote: how to get an academic job

Annual Graduate Student Conference, Liverpool John Moore’s University 

Liverpool, England

17.06.2016

Small group tutorials: a peer learning resource to

enhance the student experience (presentation led by Jenny Yiend, IOPPN, co-presenter), also session chair

Annual Excellence in Teaching Conference

London, England

30.05.2016

Causes of differences in student progression in Higher Education

European Access Network Annual Conference

Dublin, Ireland

23.05.2016

Invited speaker:  How to get an academic job – insights from an HEA-funded student-partnership project

KCL, Graduate school / Career’s service PhD development workshop

London, England

04.05.2016

Invited presentation with Robin Mellors-Bourne (project lead) and Paul Wakeling: Postgraduate Transitions in Higher Education

HEA webinar

Webinar hosted at HEA, York, England

08.4.2016

Invited speaker: Causes of differences in student progression in Higher Education and the link to WP

SRHE WP network: workshop

Sheffield, England

27.04.2016

Invited speaker:  Causes of differences in student progression in Higher Education

Public Policy Exchange

London, England

07.04.2016

Invited speaker: How to get an academic job

Queen Mary University Professional Development Seminar, Graduate School

London, England

21.03.2016

Invited keynote: Causes of differences in student progression in Higher Education

HEFCE sector-wide national dissemination workshop

London, England

May 2016

Invited Speaker: Springboard Women’s development programme: Insights from the inside

Springboard

King’s College, UK

10.03.2016

Conference co-chair (with Dr Claire Gordon, LSE) and speaker on: Causes of differences in student progression in Higher Education

Supporting diverse learners in Higher Education: A workshop for practice sharing

London, England

25.02.2016

Invited speaker: Causes of differences in student progression in Higher Education: What can educational developers do?

Departmental Seminar, EdD unit

Liverpool, England

24.02.2016

Invited speaker: Causes of differences in student progression in Higher Education

UCL Race Equality Group

London, England

10.12.2015

The experiences and backgrounds of PVC’s Education (presentation lead submission KURF student Gustave Kennedy)

SRHE annual conference

Newport, Wales

09.12.2015

Causes of differences in student progression in Higher Education

SRHE annual conference

Newport, Wales

Dec.2015

Conference Co-Chair

SRHE newer researcher conference

Newport, Wales

01.12.2015

Invited contributor: WP in the UK and at King’s College

Sciences Po WP and inclusion group

Science Po, Paris, France

27.11.2015

Institutional backgrounds and elite professions: Oxbridge and the stratification in the legal profession 

Elites and their formation

LSE, London

6.10.2015

Invited round-table member

HEFCE advisory roundtable on social capital

London, England 

May 2015

Invited Speaker:  Adjustment Sponsorship in Higher Education

Department of Education

York, England

May 2015

Steering Group member:  Evaluating teaching development in higher education - Literature review and toolkit

HEA

York, England

April 2015

Supporting diversity competences through staff development, workshop leader

Equality challenge Unit and HEA joint conference

Edinburgh, Scotland,  

19.02.2015

Invited speaker: Skills for teaching and research: navigating the journey from postgraduate students to academic, co=presented with student researcher Katie Brown

HEA student transition conference

London

12 Dec 2014

Comparing admissions models in the transatlantic democracies: the race for the ivies and the Russell Group

SRHE annual conference

Newport, Wales

11 Dec 2014

Higher Education as a public good? Only for those who went

SRHE annual conference

Newport, Wales

18.05.2013

Student-Staff relations in the new marketized higher education system, with Sharon Gewirtz, Alan Cribb and Tania de St Croix

School of Social Science and Public policy, King’s College

London, England

28.04.2013

To AAB or not to AAB? A very English question (unable to attend)

American Educational Research Association Conference

San Francisco, USA

12.12.2012

From university to the legal Bar: how does university attended influence the chances of success for pupillages?

Society for Research into Higher Education

Newport, Wales

25.10.2012

Fair chances? Reviewing admission to Oxford for Women, ethnic minorities and lower socio-economic groups

International Gender Studies Seminar

Oxford, England

21.09. 2012

Working class and migrant students in higher education, symposium

European Conference on Educational Research

Cadiz, Spain

19.09. 2012

Joining elite professions: A British perspective, paper

European Conference on Educational Research

Cadiz, Spain

14.09.2012

How to get published, with Rachel Brooks and Paul Hodgson

Sociological Research online & BSA Newer Researcher and PhD student workshop

London, UK

19.06.2012

Access to elite higher education: The view from academia. Panel Discussion, invited participant

Excellence and Quality – Widening access and fair admission in the new competitive environment, Supporting Professionalism in Admissions SPA

London, UK

18.05.2012

Widening Participation in Irish Higher education: a view from the outside 

Invited keynote,

Undergraduate Admissions for the 21st Century, Trinity College

Dublin, Ireland

02.05.2012

Access to selective higher education and beyond: Oxford and the legal Bar

Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College invited speaker

London, UK

03.04.2012

Access to selective higher education and beyond: Oxford and the legal Bar

Geary Centre, Dublin,

invited speaker

Dublin, Ireland

23 03.2012

Access and inequalities to higher education in the UK and the US

Higher education in the UK and the USA: converging models? Seminar, Sorbonne

Paris, France

July 2011

Admitting undergraduates to Oxford (with Prof Anthony Heath, FBA, Dr Alice Sullivan and Tom Ogg)

Fair Admissions Conference

Manchester, UK

July 2011

conference introduction and closing plenary; conference co-organiser and co-chair (with Julian Skyrme)

Fair Admissions Conference

Manchester, UK

04.06.2011

Horizontal stratification at the legal Bar of England and Wales (with Prof John Flood)

Law and Society Association Annual Conference

San Francisco, USA

01.06.2011

The competition for pupillages at the Bar of England and Wales (2000-2004)

Law and Society Association, Early Researcher  Conference

San Francisco, USA

02.11.2010

Transactional data and applied social research: insights into research processes

Institute for Social Change, Departmental Seminar Series

Manchester, UK

13.10.2010

Diversity in the Legal Profession - the legal Bar

Invited Keynote: Diversity in the Legal Profession workshop

London, UK

19.07.2010

The missing 125 minorities at the Bar of England and Wales: social structure, equal opportunities and the competition for pupillages

Diversity Working Group, Bar Council, invited speaker

London, UK

12.07.2010

The social profile of pupil barristers at the English Bar (unable to attend)

International Sociological Association; World summit of Sociology

Gothenburg, Sweden

09.07.2010

Pupil Barristers

Research Group on the Legal Profession, International Sociological Association

Paris , France

23.06.2010

Gender and entry to the Bar

Gender Work and Organization Annual Conference

Keele, UK

June 2010

Preliminary Findings 2: re: Neuberger recommendation 52

Invited speaker: Neuberger Monitoring and Implementation Group, Bar Council, invited speaker

London, UK

01.03.2010

Pupil Barristers, with Jennifer Sauboorah

Socio-legal studies association conference

Bristol, UK

18.11.2009

Some observations on meritocracy and the Law: the profile of pupil barristers at the Bar of England and Wales (2004 – 2008)

American Bar Foundation seminar series

Invited speaker

Chicago, USA

23.10.2009

Merit Selection in elite higher education? A mixed methods case study  of the University of Oxford

Kennedy School, Saguaro Seminar Series

Invited speaker

Harvard, USA

17.09.2009

Elite formation: Admitting undergraduates to Oxford

Science Po conference

Paris, France

09.09.2009

Diversity in the profession: The legal Bar

ESRC seminar series,

invited keynote

Leeds, UK

April 2009

Entry to the legal Bar of England and Wales

Socio-legal Studies Annual Conference

Leicester, UK

March 2009

Preliminary Findings 1: re: Neuberger recommendation 52

Neuberger Monitoring and Implementation Group Bar Council, invited speaker

London, UK

31.07.2008

Cream of the crop: admission to the University of Oxford; implication for social research and meritocracy

American Sociological Association Annual Conference

Boston, USA

29.05.2008

The Challenges to Meritocracy: A Study of Student Admission and Progression at the University of Oxford (UK)

Centre for Studies in Higher Education, Berkeley, invited speaker

Berkeley, USA

01.04.2008

Mixed methods: combining quantitative and qualitative data

Methods@Manchester, workshop

Manchester, UK


Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Joint Editor of Higher Education Review,

Editorial board membership of Teaching in Higher Education

Editorial board membership of Active Learning in Higher Education

Past editorial board membership of Sociological Research Online

Joint editor of a guest special issue in Comparative Education Review

Reviewing activity including: British Journal of Sociology; Sociology; Social Forces; Journal of Law and Society; UCAS Admissions Research Journal; Journal of Education Policy; Higher Education Research Network Journal; Comparative Educational Review, Educational Review; Educational Research Journal; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Sociological Research Online; European Sociological Review; The Sociological Quarterly; SRHE Conference abstracts; ESRC grant application


Media Coverage

Jack Grove (4. September 2014) Graduates ‘more likely’ to favour smaller higher education pool, Times Higher Education

Skyrme, Julian (Head of Corporate Responsibility, University of Manchester) 5 questions on contextual data and the race for admission, UUK Blog, 6.08.2013

United Academics (12 September 2012) Interview about Ethnic Diversity and Trust with United Academics, http://united-academics.org.

Radior Ireland – Newstalk: Breakfast with Chris Donoghue, contributor on university admission, May 17 2012

Legal Futures (2012) Age a barrier for breaking into the Bar says research, published 5 January 2012

Barrister Magazine (2012) Age barrier to making the Bar, news bulletin, published 5 January 2012.

Ellender, Pete (2011). Pull the ladder up: a third of graduates want fewer uni places. Times Higher Education. 11 December 2011.

Willets, D (Minister of State for Universities and Science) Ron Dearing Lecture: Universities and Social Mobility, 17 February 2011, Nottingham University.  

Freud, Amy, The Story behind getting your PhD, STEPS newsletter, University of Manchester, December 2010.

Smith, Steve Hard facts show that contextual effects are right and fitting, Times Higher, 25/03/2010

Grimston, Jack, Oxford tutors downgrade private pupils, Sunday Times, 23/08/2009, p. 6.

Shepherd, Jessica, Oxford University admissions favour men, study finds, Guardian 19/08/2009.

Taylor, Laurie, ‘Thinking allowed’ BBC Radio 4, 19/08/2009  with my collaborator Dr Alice Sullivan

Clark, Laura, ‘Oxford dons accused of bias against girls’, The Daily Mail, 16/03/2005

Heath, Anthony, ’The Oxford Admissions Study’. Oxford Magazine, 15/03/2005.

Henry, Julie, ‘Oxford University admits it at last: it does discriminate against students from independent schools’, Daily Telegraph, 5/12/2004


Major awards, Prizes and Honorary degrees, including election to national and international learned societies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy     

Fellow of Staff and Educational Development Association

Winner of the BERA best poster prize 2015

Member of the BERA publication committee 2013-2016, lead on scoping review of ethical guidance

Teaching

Anna is directing the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from September 2018. 

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Research Fellows

  • Carolyn Murray
  • Luke Graham

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