Professor Emeritus – Robert Mears – Bath Spa University

 Emeritus Professor 

Personal statement

I left Bath Spa University in 2017 as Executive Dean with responsibility for a broad range of subjects and around 5000 students. Apart from my sociological interests, I have a long standing concern with improving teaching and assessment in HE.

I gained significant funding for teaching and learning projects from the Higher Education Funding Council, the Higher Education Academy and the National Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics based at the University of Birmingham.

My sociology publications range from investigations into accountability of the medical profession, health and social care inequalities and, picking up themes from earlier research, the persistence of minority ethnic loyalties in the United Kingdom. Papers on the historical creation and possible breakup of the United Kingdom have been accepted at conferences in Brussels in 2020 and Amsterdam in 2022.

I continue to work with academic colleagues across the UK and retain an interest in 'quality' through my work with the OFS/QAA and as an undergraduate and postgraduate external examiner.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Sociology)
  • MSc (Economics)
  • PhD
  • PGCE.

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association.

Other external roles

  • QAA Monitoring 'new providers'
  • QAA Institutional Assessor
  • External Examiner: PhD and undergraduate Sociology.

Research and academic outputs

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Assessing sociologists in higher education
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Mears, R (2001) Assessing sociologists in higher education. Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 9780754616450


Sociology: involvement and detachment
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Mears, R (2015) 'Sociology: involvement and detachment.' In: Twamley, K, Doidge, M and Scott, A, eds. Sociologists' tales: contemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice. Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 243-250. ISBN 9781447318675


Researching changes in higher education occupations
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Mears, R and Harrison, E (2014) 'Researching changes in higher education occupations.' In: Gornall, L, Cook, C and Daunton, L, eds. Academic working lives: experience, practice and change. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London: New York, pp. 280-287. ISBN 9781441185341


The social context of health and illness
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Mears, R (2008) 'The social context of health and illness.' In: Brotherton, G and Parker, S, eds. Your foundation in health and social care : a guide for foundation degree studies. SAGE, London. ISBN 9781412920391


Called to account: the last autonomous profession?
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Mears, R (2001) 'Called to account: the last autonomous profession?' In: Mears, R and Harrison, E, eds. Assessing sociologists in higher education. Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 9780754616450


Auguste Comte
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Mears, R (2001) 'Auguste Comte.' In: Michie, J, ed. Reader's guide to the social sciences. Fitzroy Dearborn, London. ISBN 9781579580919


"rude and Ignorant People": stigmatising minority language in the formation of the United Kingdom
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Mears, R (2016) "rude and Ignorant People": stigmatising minority language in the formation of the United Kingdom. In: 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology: The Futures We Want - Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, 10 - 14 July 2016, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.


Learning outcomes and subject benchmarking
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Mears, R (2007) Learning outcomes and subject benchmarking. In: La pràctica en el disseny de plans d'estudis en les titulacions de grau, 23 October 2007, Universitat de Lleida, Spain.


The tyranny of health, doctors and the regulation of lifestyle [book review]
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Mears, R (2002) The tyranny of health, doctors and the regulation of lifestyle [book review]. Medical Sociology News, 28 (2). pp. 44-45.


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