Dr Rita Hordosy


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I am a sociologist with a deep interest in, and passion for international and comparative educational research. My research has involved broader topics such as vocational schooling, school aggression, school segregation, local policy-making and higher education experiences of students. I have researched in a number of different settings, ranging from multigrade schools in small villages and vocational schools and universities in cities, drawing on a wide range of research designs and methods.


After graduating with an MA in Sociology in 2009 at the Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary I worked at the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research & Development as a research assistant on several research projects dealing with vocational education.


I conducted my doctoral research in education at the University of Birmingham between 2010 and 2013. This research analysed and compared national information systems across Europe that were gathering information on school leavers’ and graduates' path after compulsory education.


Between 2013 and 2018 I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield, leading on a longitudinal tracking project. This research entitled 'Sheffield Student 2013' followed a cohort of undergraduates through their university years, gaining in-depth understanding of the lived experiences of their financial, academic and social transitions.


I am currently working as a Lecturer in Education at the University of Manchester. At the Manchester Institute of Education I am a member of the CEPaLs research community, and I  contribute to the HERE@Manchester research network. I also teach on three different degree programmes, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2014 - Doctor of Education, What do we know about what school leavers and graduates are doing? – A European perspective on data production and utilisation, University of Birmingham (2010 - 2013)
  • 2009 - Master of Social Science, Educational changes around small schools – A field study, Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem (2004 - 2009)

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