Portrait of Professor Pete Sanderson Professor Pete Sanderson

p.j.sanderson@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478229



Biography

Qualifications: BA(Hons), PGCE, PhD, FHEA

Professor Pete Sanderson is Dean of the School of Education and Professional Development. He joined the university in 1985 after working variously in the travel business, as a residential child care worker, a contract researcher and a further education lecturer. During his time at the School he has worked on Post-Compulsory Education and Training teacher training courses, the MA in Professional Development, the BAs in Youth and Community Work, Early Years, Communications and Cultures and the EdD.

Pete gained his BA in History from Cambridge, and a Diploma in Social Administration from York. His MPhil at York was concerned with issues of race and housing in Bradford, and he went on to work as a contract researcher on Leverhulme and EEC funded projects on race, ethnicity and educational achievement before embarking on a career in teaching. His PhD in Psychology from the University of Leeds was concerned with applying social judgement and cognitive process theories to the activity of assessing expository text, based in part on his experience as a Senior Examiner for Sociology A Level.

Pete developed two DFID HE Link bids for collaborative work with Zambian higher education institutions, one of which supported the first programme of training for Zambian youth workers.

Pete is Associate Editor of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training.

Research and Scholarship

Current Research Interests

Pete is currently working as co-investigator with Paul Thomas on a local authority-funded action research project around community perceptions of community cohesion and of the impacts of policy work around cohesion in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. This work involves key front-line staffarrying out qualitative research activity during their normal work operation into feelings and perceptions within local communities.  Paul and Pete have worked together before on perceptions of youth identity in Oldham and Rochdale, and together with Christine Jarvis completed another research project for Kirklees on post-16 choice in 2012.  Other research interests include gender and the professional labour market, the fragmentation of work and the role of ‘boundary spanners’, and values in professional work.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Sanderson, P., Adams, K. and Bishop, J. (2017) ‘The practice and identity of liminal professionals: exploring the social and material context for practice teachers in the health service, and learning mentors in schools in the UK’. In: 3rd International ProPEL Conference 2017, 14th-16th June, Linköping University, Sweden

Sheehan, S., Harris, A. and Sanderson, P. (2017) Identifying key criteria of written and spoken English at C1: A qualitative study of key language points at C1 British Council

2015

Sanderson, P. and Thomas, P. (2015) Kirklees Community Cohesion Action Research: Interim Report Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

2014

Sanderson, P. and Thomas, P. (2014) ‘Troubling identities: race, place and positionality among young people in two towns in Northern EnglandJournal of Youth Studies , 17 (9), pp. 1168-1186. ISSN 1367-6261

2013

Sommerlad, H. and Sanderson, P. (2013) ‘Social justice on the margins: the future of the not for profit sector as providers of legal advice in England and WalesJournal of social welfare and family law , 35 (3), pp. 305-327. ISSN 0964-9069

Thomas, P. and Sanderson, P. (2013) ‘Crossing the Line ? White young people and Community CohesionCritical Social Policy , 33 (1), pp. 160-180. ISSN 0261-0183

2012

Sanderson, P. and Thomas, P. (2012) ‘Community cohesion and spatial-cultural trajectories: influences on youth identification in Northern English TownsEthnicities . ISSN 1468-7968

2011

Thomas, P. and Sanderson, P. (2011) ‘Unwilling Citizens? Muslim young people and national identitySociology , 45 (6), pp. 1028-1044. ISSN 0038-0385

Sanderson, P. and Sommerlad, H. (2011) ‘Colonising law for the poor: access to justice in the new regulatory state’. In: Redefining social justice: New Labour, rhetoric and reality. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. . ISBN 9780719082207

Sanderson, P. and Sommerlad, H. (2011) ‘Colonizing law for the poor: reconfiguring legal advice in the new regulatory state’. In: Redefining Social Justice. Manchester: Manchester University Press. pp. 178-200. ISBN 9780719082207

2010

Thomas, P. and Sanderson, P. (2010) ‘Unwilling Citizens? Muslim Youth and national identity’. In: British Sociological Association Conference, 7th-9th April 2010, Glasgow

2009

Sanderson, P. and Sommerlad, H. (2009) ‘Values for money: learning and unlearning professionalism’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training Eighth International Conference: Researching Vocational Education and Training, 3rd - 5th July 2009, Worcester College, Oxford, UK

Thomas, P. and Sanderson, P. (2009) The Oldham and Rochdale Youth Identity Project Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield

2008

Sanderson, P. and Sommerlad, H. (2008) Training and Regulating those providing Publicly Funded Legal Advice Services A Case Study of Civil Provision London: Ministry of Justice

Sommerlad, H. and Sanderson, P. (2008) ‘Lawyers and Lemon Markets: the State, contractual regulation and information asymmetry in the reform of legal aid in England and Wales’. In: Legal Ethics Conference 2008, 13th - 16th July 2008, Gold Coast, Australia

Sommerlad, H. and Sanderson, P. (2008) ‘Professions, intersectionality and cultural capital: understanding choice and constraint in occupational fields’. In: Legal Ethics Conference 2008, 13th - 16th July 2008, Gold Coast, Australia

2007

Sanderson, P. and Sommerlad, H. (2007) ‘Legal Workers and paralegals - new avenues for services? Access to Justice and the introduction of the NFP Sector’. In: International Legal Aid Group (ILAG) Conference, 6-8 June 2007, Antwerpen

2006

Sanderson, P (2006) ‘Assessing expository text: can theories of cognitive process, text comprehension and judgement help?’. In: 2006 Australian Association For Research In Education International Education Research Conference, 26-30 November 2006, Adelaide, South Australia , p. 210

Sanderson, P (2006) ‘National Occupational Standards and the colonization of the value base of the voluntary advice sector in the United Kingdom’. In: 2006 Australian Association For Research In Education International Education Research Conference, 26-30 November 2006, Adelaide, South Australia , p. 210

Sanderson, P., Osborn, G. and Greenfield, S. (2006) ‘Gender, power and law in screwball comedy’. In: Readings in law and popular culture. : Routledge. . ISBN 9780415376471

2004

Sommerlad, H. and Sanderson, P. (2004) ‘Cultures of professional knowledge and competence : issues in the training and regulation of legal advice providers in the U.K.’. In: Association Internationale de Sociologie, 4ème Conférence Intermédiaire: Savoirs, Travail et Organisation, 22-24 September 2004, Université de Versailles

Sanderson, P (2004) ‘Knowledge, culture and ethos in the construction of professionalism: contrasts in training and development in the new Community Legal Services sector’. In: First International Conference on Lawyers' Ethics: New Perspectives on Professionalism: Educating and Regulating Lawyers for the 21st Century, 6-7 July 2004, University of Exeter

2002

Sanderson, P. and Sommerlad, H. (2002) ‘Gender differentiation at work: cultural capital and the conceptual articulation of structure and agency’. In: XV world Congress of Sociology, 7-13th July 2002, Brisbane, Australia

2000

Sanderson, P. and Sommerlad, H. (2000) ‘Professionalism, discrimination, difference and choice in women's experience of Law jobs’. In: Discriminating lawyers. London: Cavendish. pp. 155-182. ISBN 9781859416037

1997

Sommerlad, H. and Sanderson, P. (1997) ‘The legal labour market and the training needs of women returners in the UnitedKingdomJournal of vocational education and training , 49 (1), pp. 45-64. ISSN 1363-6820

Esteem

Memberships

National:

  • Editorial Executive Board, Journal of Vocational Education and Training
  • Member, Committee on Publication Ethics
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, British Education & Research Association

External Examiner

  • 1994-2004: Open College Network: Moderator
  • 2000-2004: AQA Access Programme moderator
  • 2008 onwards BA Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University

Other External Work

  • 2008-2012 Editor Journal of Vocational Education and Training
  • 2012 onwards Associate Editor JVET

Research Degree Supervision

Areas for Research Supervision

  • Professional Knowledge, Professional Change, Gender and the Professions
  • Inter-professional working and learning
  • Training and Regulation in the Professions
  • Equity and Institutional Change
  • Assessment Practices and Processes

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

Completed Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • The Vocational Curriculum in the UK (PhD, 1999)
  • Issues in the Management of Curriculum Change in VET teacher training (MPhil, 2002)
  • Communities of Practice in Ensemble Learning (EdD, 2003)
  • Youth Transitions at 16 (EdD, 2006)
  • Student experiences of ICT learning (PhD, 2006)
  • Discourse and narratives of learning in disability nursing (EdD, 2007)
  • Collaborative learning in health and social care in UKHE (EdD 2009)
  • ICT assessment and capability in secondary education in the UK (EdD 2011)
  • Service User Involvement in Admission to Social Work training (EdD 2012)
  • College English Reform in China (PhD, 2012)
  • Critical Thinking and International Students’ experiences of UKHE (PhD (2012)

Current Supervisions

  • Institutional Racism as a measure of service delivery and improvement in education authorities (PhD)
  • Inter-professional working practices, student learning and the primary care setting (EdD)
  • Blended Learning in Kuwait (PhD)
  • Creativity and Learning in Lighting Design (EdD)
  • Learning Needs of Practice Teachers in the UK NHS (EdD)