Barbara has worked at Kent in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) since 2011-2019 as a Sociology lecturer. She now works as a Research Associate in Student Success (EDI). Her research focuses on academic progression, closing the awarding gap, sense of belonging and engagement of Black and Minority Ethnic and wider participation students. Barbara also leads on the Diversity Mark Project working towards decolonising the curriculum in social sciences. Her research interests include aspirations of the black middle-class families in Britain, critical race theory, Bourdieu’s social theory and lived experiences of Caribbean and African diasporas.