School of Sociology and Social Policy

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Charlotte Brooks

Doctoral Researcher,



Charlotte graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of Nottingham in 2014. After graduation, Charlotte worked in widening participation at several UK universities to support students from underrepresented backgrounds to access higher education. During this time Charlotte volunteered as a trustee for the charity 'HELOA', where she managed the training provision for widening participation practitioners working across the UK and contributed to widening participation steering groups with organisations such as the Office for Students. In 2019, Charlotte returned to the University of Nottingham to study towards an MA in Social Research Methods (Sociology) before commencing her doctoral studies in September 2020.

Research Summary

Research Title

Understanding the Impact of Criminal Records on University Admissions in the UK

Research Summary

Charlotte's ESRC funded doctoral research uses a mixed methods research design to explore how UK universities acquire and use applicants' criminal records during the admissions process. Additionally, Charlotte's research considers the impact of criminal record checks on applicants hoping to access university. As part of her research, Charlotte collaborates with the charity 'Unlock', which advocates for people who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record. Charlotte's thesis will contribute to a broader conversation about the collateral consequences of possessing a criminal record in the UK.


Dr Nicola Carr

Dr Andrew Henley

Dr Rachel Tynan (Unlock)

School of Sociology and Social Policy

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