Dr Patrick White

Dr Patrick WhiteSenior Lecturer

BSc (Bristol), PGCE[FE] (Wales), DipRes (Wales), PhD (Wales)

Room: Attenborough Tower 403
Tel: +44 (0)11-6223-1450 (direct line), +44 (0)11-6252-2739 (secretary)
Email: patrick.white@le.ac.uk

Research interests

My empirical work has primarily focused on issues in education and training, and I have conducted research in the following areas: Student decision-making in compulsory schooling; teacher recruitment, retention and morale; educational markets and segregation; determinants of lifelong learning; patterns of internet use; and participation in higher education.

I have spent several years working on projects designed to enhance research capacity and retain a keen interest in research methods. I am particularly interested in: the formulation of research questions; the use of large-scale secondary data sets; and statistical modelling.

Current research projects

I am currently working on three funded research projects:

  • The Employment Trajectories of STEM Graduates (Nuffield Foundation, £46,214)
  • Evaluating the 'Youth United' Research Project (Education Endowment Foundation, £13,875)
  • Evaluating the 'Delivering Multidisciplinary Learning Opportunities' Research Project (Education Endowment Foundation, £11,100)

Supervision interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in the area of educational participation and inequality. I have particular expertise in the following areas: Education and career choice; further and higher education; lifelong learning; and education, training and the labour market. I am especially interested in supervising studies using large-scale secondary data sources and mixed methods approaches.

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Full listing of publications

Current teaching



YouTube SPSS Video Tutorials

I have made some YouTube videos to introduce students to conducting basic statistical analyses using the SPSS software package. They can be viewed here.

Current administrative duties

  • Admissions Team: Admissions Tutor
  • Departmental IT Coordinator

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Contact Details

Department of Sociology
University of Leicester
University Road

Phone: +44 (0)116 252 2739
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5259

Undergraduate (and general)
enquiries: sociology@le.ac.uk

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