Brittney Nathaniel



Research title: Non-Traditional Entry Routes to Higher Education: A Comparative Study of Inclusion in Access for Adults in New York State and Scotland

Research Summary

My research focuses on inequalities in access to post-secondary education for adult learners and their retention at higher education (HE) institutions in New York State and Scotland.

My thesis aims to assess the historical, present, and future inclusivity of programmes to widen post-secondary access and participation for adult learners. It will also explore the impact of non-traditional trajectories into HE on adult student progression, retention, and attainment.

My research interests also include:

  • Student learner identity development
  • Intersectionality
  • Lifelong learning
  • Formal learning in non-traditional learning spaces



College of Social Sciences (CoSS) PhD Scholarship 
(Awarded in September 2019)

Fully-funded 3-year PhD scholarship awarded by the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow


Course Instructor for UNIV100 Student in the University 

(Autumn term 2012 & Autumn term 2013)
University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland, USA


A 1-credit, first-year experience course designed to facilitate and support new students’ transition to higher education.

Additional Information

Prior to beginning the PhD course in Education, I earned a Master's degree in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2008.

My professional career encompasses nearly 10 years of experience in higher education administration, first at the University of Maryland from January 2009 - October 2013, and most recently at Columbia University from October 2013 - August 2019. I have served students in a variety of areas and capacities, ranging from lifelong learning, admissions, graduate programme administration, student advisement, and international exchange programmes.