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Dr Bruce Marjoribanks, SFHEA

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Programme Leader for MA Childhood and Youth Studies

I have worked and studied internationally. I came to the University of Sunderland in 2005 after working in Asia and North America.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for MA Childhood and Youth Studies. I am also the module leader for the research module (SSCM39) and Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Youth Studies (SSCM40) on this MA degree.

I am the module leader for CHS387 Education and Society which is taught on both the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies and BA (Hons) Childhood and Society (Top-Up), and I am module leader for CHS204 The Child and the Social and Economic Environment on BA (Hons) Childhood Studies. I am also a seminar tutor on other modules for these two courses.

I also am the module leader for Global Childhoods (SSCM29) on MSc Inequality and Society.

In addition, I supervise undergraduate dissertation students and postgraduate master and doctoral dissertation students.

Research interests for potential research students

I am interested in multicultural and minority education, internationalisation of the curriculum, and higher education policy.


My PhD investigated the international student experience within one geographical location. I utilised Bourdieu's concept of social and cultural capital as a conceptual framework to explore the students' experiences within university study and the communities in which they resided.

I have also collaborated on a project with colleagues to explore how fundraising experience lead to communities of practice and improvement on student achievement. I have contributed to the following:

  • Department of Children, Schools, and Families Report No. DCSF-RR176 entitled “Early Years Learning and Development Literature Review” (2009).
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation/HEFCE entitled What Works? Student Retention and Success (2011).


  • Sociology of education
  • Internationalisation to the curriculum
  • Multicultural and minority education
  • Diversity issues – class, religion, race, gender, sexuality
  • Childhood studies

Last updated 03 February 2022