Ms Paula Surridge

Ms Paula Surridge

Ms Paula Surridge
Senior Lecturer

1.06, 11 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 7689

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Lecturer at University of Aberdeen 1996-1999 and University of Salford 1999-2002.  Joined Bristol in October 2002, Senior Lecturer from 2007.


My research involves the application of advanced analysis techniques, including multi-level modelling and confirmatory factor analysis, to sociological research question, using large scale secondary data sources. Substantively I have focussed on two areas, political sociology and social stratification, particularly the interplay between social class and education. I have recently completed a two-year ESRC Fellowship as part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes programme to develop this work, bringing together my interests in social attitudes with my interests in class and education.

In addition, I am interested in higher education and student experience, building on my HEFCE commissioned work on the National Student Survey. This work brings together advanced analysis techniques with an area of intense policy interest and develops the need for communication of advanced analysis to lay audiences.


I currently teach units of research methodology to both undergraduates and postgraduates with a particular emphasis on Advanced Quantitative Methods and Dissertation preparation.

I am keen to supervise research students working in the areas of political sociology and the sociology of education who are interested in working with advanced quantitative analysis techniques.

Key publications

  1. Stillwell, J, Norman, C, Thomas, C & Surridge, P, 2010, ‘Spatial and Social Disparities’. Springer
  2. Surridge, P, 2010, ‘The Making of Social Values’. in: J Stillwell, C Norman, C Thomas, P Surridge (eds) Spatial and Social Disparities. Springer
  3. Surridge, P, 2009, ‘The National Student Survey three years on’. Higher Education Academy
  4. Surridge, P, 2008, ‘The National Student Survey 2005-2007’. Higher Education Funding Council
  5. Surridge, P, 2007, ‘Class belonging: a quantitative exploration of identity and consciousness’. British Journal of Sociology, vol 58 (2)., pp. 207 - 226

Latest publications

  1. Surridge, P, 2017, ‘Marginal Gains’. in: Mark Perryman (eds) The Corbyn Effect. Lawrence & Wishart, pp. 239-250
  2. Surridge, P, 2016, ‘Education and Liberalism: Pursuing the Link’. Oxford Review of Education, vol 42., pp. 146-164
  3. Surridge, P, 2012, ‘A Reactive Core? The Configuration of Values in the British Electroate 1986-2007’. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, vol 22., pp. 51-76
  4. Surridge, P, 2007, ‘The National Student Survey, 2006: Summary report’. Higher Education Funding Council
  5. Surridge, P, 2007, ‘The National Student Survey, 2006: Findings’. Higher Education Funding Council for England

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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