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Biography

BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, PhD , FHEA

I am currently Professor of Education at the University of Huddersfield, where I have worked since 2004. My teaching and research interests include education policy, the political economy of education; and education and social justice in particular; and I have acted as principal investigator and co-investigator on a range of significant research projects, including work funded by the Higher Education Academy, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Raymond Williams Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust. Methodologically, I am interested in using critical policy analysis and ethnography to examine the lived experience of teachers, learners, guidance workers and other practitioners, particularly those working with young people on the margins of education and the labour market.       

I am perhaps best known for my research into youth unemployment and the lives marginalized young people, especially those classified as NEET (not in education, employment or training) or at risk of becoming so. I am the author of two books - NEET Young People and Training for Work: Learning on the Margins, published by Trentham in 2011, and Education, Work and Social Change: young people and marginalization in post-industrial Britain published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014, and I have published a range of research papers in leading academic journals including the Journal of Education and Work, and the Journal of Youth Studies on this subject. In 2013, I co-edited a Special Issue of the international journal, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, entitled “Reclaiming the Disengaged: critical perspectives on young people not in education, employment or training”, which drew together empirical and conceptual research from leading academics whose work focuses on youth people’s experiences of participation and non-participation in education and the labour market. Contributors included researchers working in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Eastern Europe, as well as different parts of the UK.   

I was, in 2013, called as an expert witness to House of Lords EU sub-committee on youth unemployment, and an invited speaker at the ESF’s European Youth Unemployment Conference in Belfast. In 2014, I was lead author of the UCU policy document Engaging Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training: The Case for a Youth Resolution. I have also been a key note speaker at a range of events for policymakers and practitioners, including seminars run by organisations such as the IPPR, NIACRO, and Policy Network. I am an experienced media commentator on youth employment, education and the economy and have taken part in a number of television and radio debates on such matters, including programmes broadcast on BBC1 and Radio 4.

I am a member of the Editorial board of Research in Post-Compulsory Education and of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Further and Higher Education; and have refereed a range of research funding applications, including submissions to the Society for Research into Higher Education and the European Co-operation in the Field of Science and Technology. I have also acted as an external referee for research projects carried out in Australia, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. I am an experienced supervisor and examiner of doctoral theses, and former course leader of the University of Huddersfield Doctor of Education (EdD) programme.

Research & Scholarship

My research focuses on education and social justice and I am particularly interested in the educational and labour market experiences of marginalised young people. I have been Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on a range of research projects examining the lives of young people classified as NEET (not in education, employment or training). These include research supported by the Consortium for Post-Compulsory Education and Training focused on the experiences of young people and practitioners working on work-based learning programmes; a study of previously NEET young people entering work, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; and a three-year ethnographic project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, researching the experiences of NEET young people in a range of formal and informal settings.

I am also interested in various other aspects of education policy and practice, especially that relating post-compulsory education and lifelong learning, and have been involved in a number research projects in this area, including research funded by the Higher Education Academy, LSIS, and the Consortium for Post-Compulsory Education and Training. I am currently leading a research project supported by the Raymond Williams Foundation investigating the history of the liberal studies movement in further education colleges.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Simmons, R., Waugh, C., Hopkins, M., Perry, L. and Stafford, R. (2014) ‘Liberal And General Studies In Further Education: Voices From The ‘Chalk Face’Teaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 6 (1), pp. 32-42. ISSN 2040-0993

Simmons, R (2014) ‘Liberal and general studies in further education: voices from the chalk face’. In: FERA Conference 2014, 11-13 July 2014, Harris Manchester College, Oxford

Simmons, R (2014) ‘The Case for a Youth ResolutionPolicy Network .

Simmons, R (2014) ‘A review of Allen, A. and Ainley, P. (2013): The Great Reversal: young people, education and employment in a declining economyBritish Journal of Educational Studies , 62 (2), pp. 219-221. ISSN 0007-1005

Simmons, R., Thompson, R. and Russell, L. (2014) Education, Work and Social Change: Young People and Marginalisation in Post-Industrial Britain . : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137335920

Russell, L., Thompson, R. and Simmons, R. (2014) Helping unemployed young people to find private sector work York, UK: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Simmons, R., Thompson, R., Tabrizi, G. and Nartey, A. (2014) Engaging Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training: The Case for a Youth Resolution London, UK: UCU

Avis, J., Canning, R., Fisher, R. and Simmons, R. (2014) ‘State intervention and vocational teacher education in Scotland and England 1999 - 2012’. In: Challenges to Teacher Education in Difficult Economic Times: International perspectives. : Routledge. pp. 127-141. ISBN 9780415661980

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2014) ‘Space, place and social exclusion: an ethnographic study of young people outside education and employmentJournal of Youth Studies , 17 (1), pp. 63-78. ISSN 13676261

Simmons, R (2014) ‘Further education outside the jurisdiction of local authorities in post-war EnglandJournal of Educational Administration and History , 46 (1), pp. 57-73. ISSN 0022-0620

2013

Simmons, R (2013) ‘'Sorry to have kept you waiting so long, Mr Macfarlane': Further education after the Coalition’. In: Education Beyond the Coalition: reclaiming the agenda. London: Radicaled Books. pp. 82-105. ISBN 978-0-9575538-2-8

Fisher, R. and Simmons, R. (2013) ‘Liberal conservatism, vocationalism and further education in England’. In: Global Reconstructions of Vocational Education and Training. : Routledge. . ISBN 9780415717502

Thompson, R. and Simmons, R. (2013) ‘Social mobility and post-compulsory education: revisiting Boudon’s model of social opportunity. British Journal of Sociology of Education , 34 (5-6), pp. 744-765. ISSN 0142-5692

Simmons, R., Russell, L. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘Young people and labour market marginality: findings from a longitudinal ethnographic studyJournal of Youth Studies , pp. 1-15. ISSN 1367-6261

Simmons, R (2013) ‘Education, social control and the Great Reversal Post 16 Educator (72), pp. 16-17. ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R., Thompson, R. and Russell, L. (2013) ‘Self-Esteem and Social Justice? Engaging Young People on the Margins of Education and Employment’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training 10th International Conference, 5th-7th July 2013, Worcester College, Oxford

Simmons, R. and Lambert, S. (2013) ‘A NEET Solution?First (546), pp. 11-11.

Simmons, R., Russell, L. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘NEET young people and the Labour Market: voices from the margins’. In: Discourse Power and Resistance Conference 2013 - Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion, 9th - 11th April 2013, London, UK

Russell, L., Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘Young people’s experiences of working in the private sector: a case study approach’. In: Discourse Power and Resistance Conference 2013 - Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion, 9th - 11th April 2013, London, UK

Simmons, R., Russell, L. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘NEET young people and the labour market: working on the margins’. In: Youth Studies Conference, 8-12th April 2013, Glasgow, UK

Simmons, R. and Walker, M. (2013) ‘A Comparative Study of Awarding Organisation and HEI Initial Teacher Training Programmes for the Lifelong Learning Sector in EnglandProfessional Development in Education , 39 (3), pp. 352-368. ISSN 1941-5257

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘Reclaiming the Disengaged: Critical Perspectives on Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training Research in Post-Compulsory Education , 18 (1-2), pp. 1-11. ISSN 1359-6748

Simmons, R (2013) ‘Book Review: Critical Pedagogy for Social Justice. Smyth, John (2011) London: ContinuumTeaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 4 (2), pp. 38-39. ISSN 2040-0993

Simmons, R. and Walker, M. (2013) ‘Teacher Training Qualifications For The Lifelong Learning Sector – A Comparison Of Higher Education Institution And Awarding Body QualificationsTeaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 4 (2), pp. 24-31. ISSN 2040-0993

2012

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Spatial dialectics and social exclusion: young people not in education, employment or training’. In: European conference on educational research, 18 - 21 September 2012, University of Cadiz, Spain

Simmons, R., Russell, L. and Thompson, R. (2012) ‘Social exclusion, space and place: young people not in education, employment or training’. In: British Educational Research Association Conference, 4-6 September 2012, University of Manchester

Simmons, R (2012) ‘A review of Lee, A. and Danby, S. (2012) Reshaping Doctoral Education: international approaches and pedagogiesBritish Journal of educational studies , 60 (3), pp. 281-282. ISSN 0007-1005

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Space, place and exclusion: young people outside education and employment’. In: Space Place and Social Justice in Education, 13 July 2012, Manchester Metropolitan University

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2012) ‘Well-being and Social Justice? Engaging Young Adults on the Margins of Education and Employment’. In: 42nd Annual SCUTREA Conference 2012, 3rd - 5th July 2012, Leicester, UK

Simmons, R (2012) ‘Raising the participation age to 18: 100 years onPost-16 Educator (68).

Avis, J., Canning, R., Fisher, R., Morgan-Klein, B. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘State intervention and teacher education for vocational educators in England and ScotlandEducational Research , 54 (2), pp. 187-197. ISSN 0013-1881

Fisher, R. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Liberal Conservatism, Vocationalism and Further Education in England Globalisation, Societies and Education , 10 (1), pp. 31-51. ISSN 1476-7724

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Exploring the lives of NEET young people: using structuration theory to conceptualise the experience of ‘disengagement’ ’. In: Youth in Crisis and Community Interventions: Past, Present and Future Priorities, 21-22 February 2012, University of the West of Scotland

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Exploring the lives of NEET young people – using structuration theory to conceptualise the experience of ‘disengagement'’. In: Youth in Crisis and Community Interventions: Past, Present and Future Interventions, 21-22 February 2012, Ayr, Scotland

Avis, J., Morgan-Klein, B., Canning, R., Simmons, R. and Fisher, R. (2012) ‘Teacher education for vocational education and training: a comparative study of the Scottish and English systems set within a European contextScottish Educational Review , 44 (2), pp. 14-23. ISSN 0141-9072

2011

Avis, J., Fisher, R., Simmons, R., Canning, R. and Morgan-Klein, B. (2011) ‘Developing Teacher Educators for the Lifelong Learning Sector: crossing borders Teaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 3 (2), pp. 60-62. ISSN 2040-0993

Russell, L., Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2011) ‘Conceptualising the lives of NEET young people: structuration theory and ‘disengagement’Education, Knowledge and Economy , 5 (3), pp. 89-106. ISSN 1749-6896

Russell, L., Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2011) ‘Ordinary lives: an ethnographic study of young people attending Entry to Employment programmesJournal of Education and Work , 24 (5), pp. 477-499. ISSN 1363-9080

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2011) ‘Education and training for young people at risk of becoming NEET: findings from an ethnographic study of work-based learning programmesEducational Studies , 37 (4), pp. 447-450. ISSN 0305-5698

Simmons, R (2011) ‘Oakum picking in the twenty-first centuryPost-16 Educator , 65, pp. 3-5.

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2011) NEET Young People and Training for Work: learning on the margins . Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books. ISBN 9781858564838

Fisher, R. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘The Liberal Conservative Solution? Vocational Learning,Globalisation and the Peculiar Case of English Further Education’. In: The Journal of Vocational Education and Training Ninth International Conference, 8th – 10th July 2011, Worcester College, Oxford

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘A Restricted ‘Apprenticeship’: The Work-Based Learning of Trainee Teachers in English Colleges of Further Education’. In: American Educational Research Association Conference, April 8-12 2011, New Orleans

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘Restrictive Practice: The Work-Based Learning Experience of Trainee Teachers in English Further Education CollegesJournal of Workplace Learning , 23 (4), pp. 243-257. ISSN 1366-5626

Avis, J., Canning, R., Fisher, R., Morgan-Klein, B. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘Vocational education teacher training in Scotland and England: policy and practiceJournal of vocational education and training , 63 (2), pp. 115-127. ISSN 1363-6820

2010

Simmons, R (2010) ‘Globalisation, neo-liberalism and vocational learning: the case of English further education collegesResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 15 (4), pp. 363-376. ISSN 1359-6748

Avis, J., Canning, R., Fisher, R., Morgan-Klein, B. and Simmons, R. (2010) ‘FE teacher training in Scotland and England, continuities and contradictions - a policy analysis’. In: BERA conference, September 2010, The University of Warwick

Avis, J., Canning, R., Simmons, R., Morgan-Klein, B. and Fisher, R. (2010) ‘Vocational education teacher training in Scotland and England: policy and practice’. In: European conference on educational research, 25-27 August 2010, Helsinki

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2010) ‘A longitudinal study of NEET young peopleThe leverhulme trust newsletter , p. 5.

Russell, L., Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2010) ‘Playing the numbers game: Connexions Personal Advisers working with young people on Entry to Employment programmesJournal of vocational education and training , 62 (1), pp. 1-12. ISSN 1363-6820

Simmons, R (2010) ‘The Macfarlane report : 30 years onPost 16 Educator , 56, pp. 19-21. ISSN 0459-2026

Fisher, R. and Simmons, R. (2010) ‘What is the lifelong learning sector?’. In: Teaching in lifelong learning : a guide to theory and practice. Milton Keynes: McGraw-hill. pp. 7-17. ISBN 9780335234684

Simmons, R. and Walker, M. (2010) ‘Career planning and continuing professional development’. In: Teaching in Lifelong Learning. Milton Keynes: Open University Press. pp. 248-258. ISBN 9780335234684

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2010) ‘Dual identities: the in-service teacher trainee experience in the English further education sectorJournal of vocational education and training , 62 (1), pp. 75-88. ISSN 1363-6820

2009

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2009) ‘Dual roles and dual identities: an ethnographic study from English further education into the experience of in-service teacher-trainees’. In: BERA Annual Conference 2009, 2-5 September 2009, University of Manchester

Simmons, R (2009) ‘The long goodbye: how local authorities lost control of further educationResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 14 (3), pp. 287-297. ISSN 1359-6748

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2009) ‘Dual identities: the in-service teacher-trainee experience in the English Further Education sector’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training Eighth International Conference: Researching Vocational Education and Training, 3rd - 5th July 2009, Worcester College, Oxford, UK

Simmons, R (2009) Further Education, Political Economy and Social Change Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2009) Dual identities: enhancing the in-service teacher trainee experience in the lifelong learning sector A guide for employers Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Orr, K. and Simmons, R. (2009) Dual identities: enhancing the in-service teacher trainee experience in further education Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Simmons, R (2009) ‘'Renewing' England's FE colleges: an update Post 16 Educator (51). ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R (2009) ‘Further education and the lost opportunity of the Macfarlane ReportJournal of Further and Higher Education , 33 (2), pp. 159-169. ISSN 0309-877X

Simmons, R (2009) ‘Entry to employment: discourses of inclusion and employability in work-based learning for young peopleJournal of education and work , 22 (2), pp. 137-151. ISSN 1363-9080

Avis, J., Fisher, R. and Simmons, R. (2009) Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives . Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. ISBN 9781862180860

Simmons, R (2009) ‘Introduction: Teacher Training, (and Teacher Trainers), in the Learning and Skills Sector ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 291-292. ISBN 9781862180680

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2009) ‘Teacher Educators in Post-Compulsory Education: gender, discourse and power ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 333-352. ISBN 9781862180680

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2009) ‘Aiming Higher: how will universities respond to changes in initial teacher training for post-compulsory sector in England? ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 239-307. ISBN 9781862180680

Simmons, R (2009) ‘An Overview of the Lifelong Learning Sector and its "condition" ’. In: Issues in post-compulsory education and training: critical perspectives. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 6-10. ISBN 9781862180680

2008

Simmons, R (2008) ‘Raising the age of compulsory education in England: a NEET solution?British Journal of Educational Studies , 56 (4), pp. 420-439. ISSN 0007-1005

Simmons, R (2008) ‘'Renewing' England's FE colleges: building for the future or victims of fashion?Post 16 Educator (48), pp. 18-20. ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R (2008) ‘Golden years? Further education colleges under local authority controlJournal of Further and Higher Education , 32 (4), pp. 359-371. ISSN 0309-877X

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2008) ‘Creativity and performativity: the case of further educationBritish Educational Research Journal , 34 (5), pp. 601-618. ISSN 0141-1926

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2008) ‘Re-conceptualizing creativity for further education’. In: British Educational Research Association 2008, 3 - 6 September 2008, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

Simmons, R (2008) ‘Fourth time lucky? Raising the age of compulsory participation in education and training to 18 in EnglandJournal of The Further Education Alliance , 1 (2), pp. 59-78. ISSN 1755-9979

Simmons, R (2008) ‘Gender, work and identity: a case study from the English further education sectorResearch in Post-Compulsory Education , 13 (3), pp. 267-279. ISSN 1359-6748

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2008) ‘Creativity in further education: resistance or compliance? ’. In: 7th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series, 18– 20 March 2008, Manchester Metropolitan University

2007

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2007) ‘Teacher educators in post-compulsory education: gender, discourse and powerJournal of vocational education and training , 59 (4), pp. 517-533. ISSN 1363-6820

Simmons, R (2007) ‘The Harlow story: coming to a college near you?Post 16 Educator (42), pp. 16-17. ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2007) ‘Still paying for it: FHE teacher training updatePost 16 Educator (41), pp. 11-12. ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2007) ‘Aiming higher: how will universities respond to changes in initial teacher training for the post-compulsory sector in England?Journal of further and higher education , 31 (2), pp. 171-182. ISSN 1469-9486

Simmons, R., Orr, K. and Thompson, R. (2007) ‘Gender, Discourse and Power: Reflections on the post-compulsory Teacher Educator Workforce in England. ’. In: 9th International Conference on Education, 28 - 31 May 2007, Athens, Greece

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2007) ‘Cinderella's shoes: gender, autonomy and control in post-compulsory teacher education ’. In: 6th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series, 25– 27 March 2007, Manchester Metropolitan University

2006

Simmons, R (2006) ‘The further education cash cowPost 16 Educator , 32, pp. 20-21. ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R (2006) ‘The degradation of labour in further educationPost 16 Educator , 31, pp. 18-19. ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R (2006) ‘Being economical with the truthPost 16 Educator (38), pp. 16-17. ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R (2006) ‘Revisiting Braverman: the labour process in further education ’. In: 5th Conference of the Discourse, Power, Resistance Series, 20 - 22 April 2006, Manchester Metropolitan University

Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2006) ‘Paying for it: initial teacher training in the post-compulsory sectorPost 16 Educator (35), pp. 11-13. ISSN 0459-2026

Simmons, R. and Walker, M. () ‘Teacher Training Qualifications For The Lifelong Learning Sector – A Comparison Of Higher Education Institution And Awarding Body QualificationsTeaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice , 4 (2), pp. 24-31. ISSN 2040-0993

Esteem

  • Winner of the Ian Martin SCUTREA Prize for Social Justice, 2012.
  • Media appearances - commentaries on youth employment, education and labour markets: BBC radio, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014; BBC television 2013.
  • Selected recent invited presentations – Westminster Employers and Education Conference, London, 2011; National NEET Conference, Birmingham, 2012; Include Youth Conference, Belfast, 2012; ESF Youth Unemployment Conference, Belfast, 2013; UCU Knowledge Economy Conference, London, 2014; NIACRO Youth Justice seminar, Belfast, 2014; Policy Network Educational Co-payment seminar, London, 2014.
  • Member of Editorial Boards/Editorial Advisory Boards – Research in Post-Compulsory Education; Journal of Further and Higher Education; Teaching in Lifelong Learning
  • Guest editor – Special Issue of Research in Post-Compulsory Education: Reclaiming the disengaged: Critical perspectives on young people not in education, employment or training, 2013.
  • Recent external PhD/EdD examinations: University of Bolton 2012, 2013 and 2014; University of Lincoln 2014; University of Portsmouth, 2013; University of Worcester, 2011.
  • Recent referee for research funding applications - European Co-operation in the Field of Science and Technology; Society for Research into Higher Education; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.
  • External examiner, University of Bolton, Doctor of Education programme (current).
  • External examiner, University of Bolton, Masters in Education programme (current).

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising research degrees focused on education policy, post-compulsory education, and education and social justice

Completed research thesis supervisions:

Kniveton, K. 'Conceptualising collaboration in context: An exploration of the collaborative experiences of academics in health and social care' (EdD, May 2010)

Robinson, D. 'Higher education in further education: a study of the widening participation agenda in the UK' (PhD, January 2011)

Binner, C. 'Who Me? What did I do? A case study to explore learner perceptions of reasons for persistent disruptive behaviour and the possible outcome of this in Level Two classes in a college of further education' (EdD, September 2011)

Osborne, A. 'The value of information literacy: conceptions of BSc Nursing students at a UK university' (EdD, February 2012)

Nassem, E. 'Where does bullying exist in children’s every day experiences of school?' (EdD, September 2012)

Current research thesis supervisions:

Titilola Olukoga ‘Raising Educational Standards? An exploration of the perceptions of teachers on the impact of the In-Service PGCE/Cert Ed course on their professional development and practice’ (EdD)

Raby, M. 'The effects of 2012 tuition fee reform on further education students’ choices in higher education: a case study' (PhD)

Rahnavard, D. 'An investigation in to the expectations, perceptions and experiences of working-class law students: a case study of a new university' (EdD)

Silvester, S. 'Perceptions of stress in the further education sector' (EdD)

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Enterprise Activities

Conferences organised

  • Reclaiming the Disengaged: Researching the lives of marginalised young people, An International Symposium, University of Huddersfield, 21 June (2013)
  • Teacher Education in the Lifelong Learning Sector, symposium at the International Council on Education for Teaching Conference, University of Glasgow, 12 July (2011)
  • ESCalate Conference, Enhancing the experience of trainee teachers in the lifelong learning sector – a conference for teacher educators and employers, University of Huddersfield, April 20th (2010)


Consultancy

  • Bush and Company Rehabilitation, training consultant (2014)
  • Policy Advisor, Learning First (2013-14)
  • University of Bolton, REF 2014 consultant (2013)
  • Learning and Skills Network, critical reader LSN Mentoring Programme (2007)

Administrative Responsibilities

Co-Director Centre for Lifelong Learning and Social Justice (current)

Deputy Director of Graduate Education (current)

Research cluster leader – Education Policy (current)

Deputy Director of Research, School of Education and Professional Development (2012-14)

Deputy Education Unit of Assessment Co-ordinator for Research Excellence Framework 2014 (2012-14)

Teaching and Professional Activities

EdD and PhD

BA Youth and Community Work

MA Youth and Community Work

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

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