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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Mike Neary

I am Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences.  During my time at Lincoln I have been the Dean of Teaching and Learning from 2007 - 14, Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Development 2007 - 2012 and Director of the Graduate School 2011 - 2014.  Prior to taking up my appointment at Lincoln I taught Political Sociology at the University of Warwick 1993 - 2007. Before becoming an academic I worked in youth development and community education in South London 1979 - 1993. I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2007.  In 2016 I became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The Students’ Union at Lincoln granted me honourary life membership in 2014 for my work with students. I am a founding member of the Social Science Centre, Lincoln, a co-operative providing free public higher education. My main research interest is the future of universities and the role of higher education in creating a post-capitalist society.

Subject Specialism

Political Sociology, Marxist Social Theory


  • Phd Sociology University of Warwick 1990 - 1994
  • MA Geography - Employment and Planning Middlesex Polytechnic 1987 - 1989
  • BA (Hons) International History and Politics University of Leeds 1974 - 1977


  • £10k Co-operative Leadership for Higher Education, 2016 — Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
  • £300k Learning Landscapes in Higher Education,  2008 - 10 — Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
  • £200k Student as Producer, 2010-2013 — Higher Education Academy
  • £3.5mill Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research, University of Warwick, 2004 - 2009 — HIgher Education Funding Council for England

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Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy