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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.
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.
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
Sanderson, P. and Thomas, P. (2015) Kirklees Community Cohesion Action Research: Interim Report Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)
Sanderson, P. and Thomas, P. (2014) ‘Troubling identities: race, place and positionality among young people in two towns in Northern England’ Journal of Youth Studies , 17 (9), pp. 1168-1186. ISSN 1367-6261
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 Wales’ Journal 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 Cohesion’ Critical Social Policy , 33 (1), pp. 160-180. ISSN 0261-0183
Sanderson, P. and Thomas, P. (2012) ‘Community cohesion and spatial-cultural trajectories: influences on youth identification in Northern English Towns’ Ethnicities . ISSN 1468-7968
Thomas, P. and Sanderson, P. (2011) ‘Unwilling Citizens? Muslim young people and national identity’ Sociology , 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
Thomas, P. and Sanderson, P. (2010) ‘Unwilling Citizens? Muslim Youth and national identity’. In: British Sociological Association Conference, 7th-9th April 2010, Glasgow
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sommerlad, H. and Sanderson, P. (1997) ‘The legal labour market and the training needs of women returners in the UnitedKingdom’ Journal of vocational education and training , 49 (1), pp. 45-64. ISSN 1363-6820
Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.