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Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith

Post:Senior Lecturer In Higher Education (Education)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 147

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877913
International:+44 1273 877913

Research expertise:
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I first came to Sussex as a single teenage parent undergradaute student in sociology many years ago. This led to the development of some of my primary research interests around 'non-traditional' students in higher education, and experiences of (un)belonging and marginalisations. After developing an academic career in Sociology, including as Co-Director of the Centre for Gender Studies; I moved to the Education department at the University of Sussex in 2014. Here I have continued to develop and expand my interests around people's experiences of accessing and participating in compulsory, further, higher and informal educational contexts; and the organisational cultures that support or inhibit this.  


I am a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education based in the School of Education and Social Work, and Deputy Director of the University's Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR). I also lead the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), a Higher Education Academy accredited professional development pathway for academic staff. 

Community and Business


Policy engagement includes:

  • Invited Chair,Wilton Park UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Global Strategic Discussion Forum ‘Promoting women's political and economic engagement: ambition for the future’, Higher Education stream 
  • Green Party Annual Conference – invited panel discussion on ‘Women and austerity’ with party leader
  • House of Commons research and policy support: families, children and young people, education, and social inequalities
  • Expert advisor for the National Union of Students (NUS) on student parents (Meet the parents 2009)
  • Invited expert partiicpation in Student Loans Company Vulnerable Students Stakeholder Group


Community engagement includes:

  • Invited speaker, Addressing Unconscious bias in organisations: Transferable learning from the university context.  Sussex and Surrey Police annual CPD day
  • Local Widening Participation engagement including research skills training support for teachers and Widening Participation practitioners; Widening participation Summer Schools; and Focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders including young people, parents, community groups, teachers and Widening Participation practitioners.