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Sonia Ilie

Position/Status

Senior Research Fellow

Research Fellow at Hughes Hall

E-mail Address

isi22@cam.ac.uk

Qualifications

PhD Education (University of Cambridge)
MPhil Educational Leadership and School Improvement (University of Cambridge)
BA Integrated Social Science (Jacobs University Bremen)


Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

Society for Research into Higher Education

British Association for International and Comparative Education

Comparative and International Education Society


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Profile

Sonia is a Senior Research Fellow, working on projects related to inequalities in access to, learning during, and outcomes of, education. Her research uses quantitative methods applied to large scale survey data and includes randomised controlled trials of programmes aiming to narrow the socio-economic gap in school attainment and higher education access. She is the lead evaluator of the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, and researcher and project manager for the Cambridge strand of the LEGACY project. She has published on access to higher education in both England and low- and lower-middle income countries, and has extensive experience as a data analyst on a range of research projects.

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Research Topics

Inequalities in access to education; Higher education access and learning; 

Student attainment and progression; Quantitative methods in education


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Teaching

Postgraduate

  • Lectures on quantitative methods on MPhil/MEd programmes and for the University's Social Science Research Methods Centre
  • Lectures on sessions on PPD courses

Undergraduate

  • Lectures on educational inequality on the Educational Inequality and Diversity paper
  • Supervises third-year dissertation projects (Research and Investigation paper)
  • Supervises on Statistics and Methods paper

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Principal and Recent Publications

Ilie, S., Sutherland, A. & Vignoles, A. (2017) Revisiting Free School Meal eligibility as a proxy for pupil socio-economic deprivation. British Educational Research Journal.doi:10.1002/berj.3260

Rose P., & Ilie, S. (2017). Who benefits from public spending on higher education in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa?. Compare: An International Journal of Comparative and International Education: 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2017.1347870

Ilie, S., & Rose, P. (2016). Is equal access to higher education in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa achievable by 2030? Higher Education, 72: 435–455, doi: 10.1007/s10734-016-0039-3.

Hoskins, K. & Ilie, S. (2016). Mapping the UK widening participation agenda: contextual admissions and the geography of inequality. In Shah, M. & Whiteford, G. (Eds.) Bridges, Pathways and Transitions: International Innovations in Widening Participation. Chandos/Elsevier.

Gronn, P., Ilie, S. & Vignoles, A. (2016) The Political Economy of Leadership. In Bogotch, I., & Waite, D. (Eds.) The International Handbook of Educational Leadership. Wiley Blackwell.

Ilie, S. (2016). Educational leadership in Romanian high schools: perspectives from teachers and principals. In Sharpes, D. (Ed.) Handbook of Comparative and International Studies in Education. Wiley Blackwell.