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Academic Biography

Sean has been at Teesside University since 2007, and is a well-established academic and tutor with a wealth experience of teaching, learning and course management. He has developed key specialisms a range of topics, including Youth Work Practice, Childhood and Youth Studies, Children’s Rights, Globalization, Youth Work History, and Contemporary Youth Policy. He has significant experience of programme management, including course leadership of professional degree programmes, liaison with validating bodies and employer/sector engagement. He is currently programme co-ordinator for FdA Working with Children and Young People, supporting collaborative provision and sector skills development. He brings to lecture room a wealth of professional practice knowledge, with over 20 years' Youth and Community Work experience, including work across Teesside, as well as posts in Manchester, Liverpool and Leicester.

Summary of Research Interests

He has a range of specific research interests including:

  • Young Carers, and Care Leavers
  • Youth rights, citizenship and participation
  • Youth justice, and policing of communities
  • Irish and minority ethnic young people
  • Culture, identity and belonging

Membership of Research & Professional Bodies

He is an active member of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (PALYCW) and the National Youth Agency’s (NYA) Training and Advisory Group (TAG), and a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Consultancy Work

He has significant expertise in supporting staff development and facilitating change management in voluntary and community youth sector organisations. Recent commissioned to undertake "Future Linx" change and visioning work with Hemlington Linx. He has established YouthThink (which includes youth data and intelligence hub to support understanding of youth issues across Teesside and the North East.

External Examiner

He has a number of external academic roles, including External Examiner at Manchester University; and De Montfort University.

Community/Employer active

He is still actively engaged as a Trustee on local youth and community organisations across including Teesside LINX Detached Projec (Middlesbrough), and The Junction (Young Carers) Foundation (Redcar).


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