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Youth Community and Education Division

The Youth, Community and Education Division combines the subject areas of Youth and Community Development and Education Studies. This brings together expertise on children, young people and social justice.

The Division is committed to education through formal and informal learning by children and young people and to equality and diversity through all its work.


The Division has a high reputation for teaching, as evidenced in the National Student Survey data. Six of the staff group have received awards for teaching excellence including the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award within the last few years. Members of the Division participate in national and international subject bodies. They have wide ranging experience of both teaching and practice in all sectors of education or of youth and community development.

All of us are involved in research and scholarship, including writing academic papers, monographs and books, undergraduate texts, and reports for government agencies. The team belong to a number of Division, School and University-wide research groups.

The Youth and Community staff have a track record of expertise and experience in applied research that seeks to influence and extend the theory, policy and practice of work with young people and communities. We work with public sector, voluntary, faith-based and community-based organisations, government departments and research bodies, which have an interest in services for young people. This research focuses on young people’s worlds, needs and aspirations; the environments which shape their lives and which, in turn, they influence. It also examines the approaches and policies which affect who they are, who they will become, and what they do now and in the future.

Education Studies staff have experience from all sectors of education: primary, secondary, further and higher. They also have expertise in provision outside mainstream contexts, for example, for adult learners and particularly disadvantaged groups. The research of the team coalesces around issues of social justice and educational inclusions and exclusions, citizenship and rights, technologies used in learning, arts and community engagement. We encourage our students to be critical and interactive learners who understand a variety of ways of thinking about content and delivery of ‘education’. Our passion for effective and inspiring teaching and learning shapes what we do and we hope, encourages our students in their journey to becoming effective learners and, in many cases, inspired educators.


The Education subject area offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and has a rapidly expanding student body. At undergraduate level, Education Studies, Education with French, Education with Mandarin and Education with Psychology are offered. At postgraduate level, there is a taught Masters in Education Practice, designed for people who work in education, with assessments based around their professional practice. Existing research students study in areas such as radical education, educational exclusions (around gender, ethnicity, class, (dis)ability and more), the politics and policy of education, the use of technologies for learning in education, and children’s language acquisition.

Youth and Community at DMU are one of the UK’s leading providers of high quality professional training in youth and community work. We deliver vibrant, creative and high quality teaching and learning programmes that aim to develop a critical understanding of the theory, policy and practice of working with young people and communities.

Youth and Community offer the widest range of qualifications for full-time and part-time students with programmes at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels: all delivered by a team of committed subject specialists with professional backgrounds in the field. Many of our programmes include the JNC professional qualification in youth work. We have four programmes: the Foundation Degree Work with Communities and Young People, the BA (Hons) Work with Communities and Young People, the BA (Hons) Working with Young People and with Young People’s Services and the MAs in Youth Work and Community Development, Health and Community Development.

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