Charlie Sutton

BA (Lincoln) MSc (Leicester)

Charlie Sutton 2

Doctoral Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant

Contact Details: GTA Office 0.02, Ground Floor, 107-111 Princess Road East, North Campus. Email:

Supervisors: Dr. Patrick White (Sociology) and Prof. Emma Smith (Education)

Additional Roles:

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods, Victims & Offenders and Society in Transformation)


After leaving school, I took a year out from the demands of studying, to earn some money and follow my passion for travel. I believe that year shaped my interest in the study of human behaviour. My Bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Science, helped me to build on the experiences I had in my gap year. Although I was forced to rely on my administrative skills to gain employment, when I left university, I feel my degree was essential in helping me deal with people in a sensitive and effective way. I believe this helped me develop my roles within organisations.

After I had my first child, I took the decision to work part-time, as I struggled to divide my loyalties between my child and my full-time role. I also felt that I wanted to make more of a mark on the world, so I pursued a career where I felt I could help people change their lives. I re-trained as a lecturer in an FE College, and taught Psychology and Sociology both as A-levels and on an Access to HE course. To supplement my income, I also worked in the constituency office of a Member of Parliament (MP). As a Casework Manager, I helped constituents tackle a range of problems with government departments and other organisations. I believe this gave me a fantastic edge as a social science Lecturer, as I could easily link theories to the real-life problems constituents experienced. I also gained a detailed understanding of how policy impacts on lives, both from constituent and student experiences.

I particularly enjoyed helping students to overcome significant barriers and develop their skills and knowledge (I.T and Social Science), to get them ready for Higher Education. The impact of the government changes to educational policy and an increasing passion to be involved in research, led to me enrolling onto a Master’s degree. This led me into my current role at The University of Leicester.

Research Interests:

My research interests mainly revolve around the course of people’s lives. My early involvement in research looked at The effects of different school routes on undergraduate experiences (state v’s private education) and The psycho-social impact of motherhood on women’s attitudes to their employment.

More recently I have become particularly interested in the impact of age. I conducted interviews and analysed secondary data to explore Changing Definitions of the term ‘Old’. I also produced a Literature Review Report for QAA concerning Access to HE Students’ Labour Market Experiences on behalf of a small team of academics from the University of Leicester, University of Southampton and University of East London.

My current longitudinal research also follows a life-course theme, considering if Age Matters in HE, examining the views and experiences of different aged undergraduate students to see how motivations, adaptations and challenges differ.

In addition, I have an avid interest in most aspects of the criminal justice system and the armed forces, and hope to pursue research in these areas in the future.

Forthcoming Publication:

Sutton. C. E, (2018) Mature Students and Social Isolation: Feeling Excluded or Choosing to be Alone? in Boeren. E & James. N (eds) 'Being an Adult Learner in Austere Times’ London Palgrave.

Other Activities:

I still have a keen interest in travel and explore as much as I can (children/money and time permitting). I enjoy being involved in community group projects and events (heritage/school in the small amount of spare time I have, between teaching, researching and running a family. I am passionate about the benefits of living in a strong community so I work hard, alongside others, to try to develop the facilities in my local area.

I also love to socialise with friends and family. If I had more time I would read novels, play my saxophone, sing with a band and cycle everywhere.

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