Dean of the School of Education and Professional Development
Professor Pete Sanderson
Tel: 01484 478229
Pete graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge with a BA in History. After a short period working in the travel industry and as a residential social worker, he undertook postgraduate study at the University of York, from which he received a Diploma in Social Administration and an M Phil in Social Policy. He was a contract researcher at the universities of Sheffield and Bradford, and a visiting lecturer in urban studies at the then Leeds Polytechnic before training as a further education teacher at Huddersfield. He worked on a Department of Education and Science/European Union project at Bradford College, and taught in Bradford and Halifax before joining the School Of Education at Huddersfield as a teacher trainer. He received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2001. Pete’s multi-disciplinary background is reflected in the wide range of modules he has designed and taught across the undergraduate, postgraduate taught and doctoral programmes in the School, as well as the range of successful doctoral completions he has supervised. Since 2008 Pete has been Head of Department of Education and Community Studies, and has also been Director of Graduate Education and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School.
Pete’s research interests are in two main subject areas. He has collaborated with Professor Paul Thomas on a projects and publications concerned with youth identity and community cohesion, and with Professor Hilary Sommerlad of the University of Birmingham he has worked on projects concerned diversity in the legal profession, professional knowledge, and the training and regulation of providers of legal advice. Pete is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Educational Research Association.