I am a sociologist with expertise in social class inequalities in education and young people’s transitions to work. My research has focussed on the North of Ireland, England and Europe more generally and is underpinned by a Bourdieusian theoretical approach. My books include Working Class Boys and Educational Success: Teenage Identities Masculinities and Urban Schooling (Palgrave MacMillan); Higher Education, Social Class and Social Mobility (Palgrave Macmillan); and Educational Choices, Transitions and Aspirations in Europe (Routledge). My most recent book The Degree Generation: the Making of Unequal Graduate Lives (Bristol University Press) was published in 2023 and focuses on educational policy and the reality of graduate lives. I am on the Board of Trustees of the British Sociological Association and am an editorial board member for Sociology and the British Journal of Sociology of Education. I am the academic chair of the Network for Evaluating and Researching University Participation Interventions (NERUPI) and am keen to develop strong links between policy, research and practice. I am originally from Belfast and have spent most of my academic career in England after gaining a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast. Prior to joining UCC I worked at Manchester Metropolitan University where I was the director of the Education and Social Research Institute.