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Dr Bruce Marjoribanks, SFHEA

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Associate Head of School – Childhood, Health and Society

I have worked and studied internationally. I came to the University of Sunderland in 2005 after working in Asia and North America. I am privileged to lead an enthusiastic team of experienced academics who work across the childhood studies, health and social care, and other courses with sociological content.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for MA Childhood and Youth Studies.  In addition, I supervise undergraduate dissertation students, postgraduate masters, 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).


Number of items: 4.


Thorley, Wendy, Marjoribanks, Bruce and Kranz, Julian (2014) Enhancing the undergraduate student expereince via fund raising partnerships. An action research project. Educational Action Research, 22 (4). pp. 552-567. ISSN 0965-0792

Book Section

Marjoribanks, Bruce, Cookson, Lindey and Haygarth, Helen (2022) Promoting Inclusive Practice. In: The Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies. Sage, pp. 107-128. ISBN 9781529760118

Reports, briefing/ working papers

Thorley, Wendy, Marjoribanks, Bruce and Kranz, Julian (2011) Enhancing the undergraduate student experience via fund raising partnerships. An action research project. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.


Marjoribanks, Bruce (2013) Employing Bourdieu’s notion of habitus and capital to Investigate the international student experience within the field of higher education. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

This list was generated on Wed Jul 24 07:42:52 2024 BST.
  • Sociology of education
  • Internationalisation to the curriculum
  • Multicultural and minority education
  • Diversity issues – class, religion, race, gender, sexuality
  • Childhood studies

Last updated 28 February 2024