If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


I am a PhD researcher at Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester. I’m interested in how higher education contributes to social justice, and my current research focuses on inequalities in graduate outcomes in the UK. My work covers questions of who gains what from a university education, as well as looking at the impacts of recent policymaking. I have also explored the impact of HE on students’ political attitudes and graduates’ job quality.

As a mixed methods researcher, I have a particular interest in evaluation and research methods, and their underlying philosophical foundations. My work aims to provide accessible accounts in this area, including A Short Guide to Ontology and Epistemology, with a specific focus on critical realism.

I have a variety of professional experience in secondary and higher education, both internationally and in the UK, and currently serve as a Community Governor at Burnage Academy for Boys. I also ran a project called Write on Point between 2015 and 2022, which supported over 1,400 students from under-represented backgrounds with their UCAS personal statements.

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

Areas of expertise

  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Graduate Outcomes
  • Critical Realism
  • Social Justice
  • Widening Participation


Dive into the research topics where Tom Fryer is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or