Ashley Collar (2024).

Ashley Collar

Miss, MSc BSocSC

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Personal profile


Ashley is a proud born and bred Mancunian, with her sociological perspective being shaped by her difficult upbringing on a council estate in Moss Side. She takes satisfaction in the fact that you will be able to hear her before you see her.

Ashley’s research interests are broad, but she is particularly interested in the sociology of the body, neurodiversity, class and education. Ashley brings a fresh approach to research and teaching of her experience of being in the academic world as a young, working class hyper-feminine woman with dyslexia. It is these characteristics that Ashley values most as an academic.

She is the first of her family to go to University, which bears great significance for both the academic world and the lecturing world she hopes to be a part of eventually.

Supervision information

My PhD project is being conducted under the wonderful supervision of Prof. Nick Crossley and Prof. Wendy Bottero.

Other research

During my time as a Doctoral researcher, I have had the pleasure to work alongside the amazing Prof. Alice Bloch on her research of Descendants of the Auschwitz Survivors and their Progenic Tattoos. As a research assistant on this project, I scoped the sociological literature on tattooing, providing both a literature review and reading list for the project. 

This research assistant job was conducted from October 2021-April 2022.


First year Courses: 

SOCY10471 Getting Personal: Intimacy and Connectedness in Everyday Life (2022-23, 2023-24)

SOCY10432 Contemporary Social Thought (2022-23)

Second year Courses:

SOCY20051 Education and Society (2023-24)

During my time teaching, I have also marked on the module:

SOCY20091 Qualitative Research Design & Methods (2023-24)

My passion of teaching is reflected in the outstanding teaching award I was highly commended for, based on student feedback.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Social Science, MSc In Sociological Research (Awarded Distinction), The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Sept 2021

Bachelor of Social Science, BA in Sociology (Awarded 1st)


Award Date: 4 Jun 2020

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • Body Politics
  • Morality
  • Relational Sociology
  • Embodiment
  • Social Disasters
  • Dyslexia
  • Neurodiversity
  • Education


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