Ciaran holds the role of Critical Friend for RARA and is based in the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby. A native of Belfast, he holds a BA (Hons) and PhD in Sociology from Queen's University Belfast. Accompanied by a strong social justice focus, his work has examined issues concerning widening participation, student experience and graduate employment pathways, in particular, how these issues can be read as classed. He is currently working on projects funded by HECSU and SRHE broadly examining the concept of graduate resilience. Ciaran has written and edited a number of books focusing on issues including graduate employment trajectories and educational aspirations. Ciaran will be working with the team to provide critical reflections and support as the project progresses.
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