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Paul Gratrick

Postgraduate Research Student

Postgraduate Research Student in the Department of Sociology


I am a first year part-time PhD student in the Department of Sociology. I joined the department in 2021 after taking a short break from studying, having completed the MA Management programme at Durham University Business School in 2019. I also graduated from Durham in 2007 with a BA(Hons) Philosophy. Alongside my studies I work at the University of Liverpool full-time as the Head of Operations in the Careers and Employability Team.

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Field of Study

My doctoral research will explore student perceptions of value for money in UK higher education, via a longitudinal study tracking a group of students across their university experience and degree lifecycle.

Research interests

  • Value for money
  • Higher education policy and practice
  • Neoliberalism