Originally from Burntwood in Staffordshire, Alex Blower graduated from his undergraduate degree in Drama from the University of Wolverhampton in 2010. Following a year representing the students of Wolverhampton as a Vice President in the Students’ Union, Alex gained employment with Midland Heart as a support worker in a hostel for homeless young people whilst completing his Masters. 

Prior to starting his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton in September 2016, Alex worked for a number of years in UK university outreach teams, delivering activity with the goal of widening access to Higher Education. Using his experience as a professional to inform his research, Alex’s study centres around social justice in education, with a specific focus on the expectations of white working-class male students for their future educational success. Alongside his doctoral research, Alex is keen to open a conduit between the educational research and practice communities. Since starting his PhD Alex has delivered a talk at a TEDxYouth event in Southampton and presented the closing keynote at the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association Newer Practitioners’ Conference.

Alex is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).


Cumberland Lodge Scholar, 2018-20