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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Mike Neary

I am Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences.  During my time at Lincoln I have been Professor of Sociology from 2014 - 2019, 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. 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 honorary life membership in 2014 for my work with students. My main research interest is the future of universities and the role of higher education in creating a post-capitalist society. I am the Chair of the Interim Academic Board tasked by the Co-operative College, Manchester, to establish co-operative higher education in the UK.

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