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Michael Elsy, FHEA

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Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies

Before moving into higher education teaching I had a professional background and twenty years experience of working in the public sector within local government and the voluntary sector. This included community and youth work, children and young people's participation, detached youth work, youth service management and restructuring, policy and strategy for children, young people and families, and youth work training.

This professional experience provided the background for my move into teaching in 2013, first with teaching higher education within a further education setting, across modules on foundation degrees and top up degrees in social care, health, children and young people, and youth services, with programme leadership for an FdA in Social Care.

I moved to the University of Sunderland in 2015 to become a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies, which involved teaching (see teaching and supervision section), as well as programme leadership for BA (Hons) Education and Curriculum Studies (Top Up).

Teaching and supervision

I teach on BA (Hons) Education and Curriculum Studies (Top Up), BA (Hons) Childhood Studies and MSc Practice Development.

BA (Hons) Education and Curriculum Studies:
  • CHS301 Work-based Research Project
  • CHS346 Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society
  • CHS355 Schooling and Society (Module Leader)

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies:

  • CHS157 Issues in Family Studies
  • CHS158 Study Skills
  • CHS159 Academic Skills and Values for Childhood Practitioners
  • CHS160 Introduction to Curriculum Issues
  • CHS161 Introduction to Early Years Provision
  • CHS204 The Child and the Social and Economic Environment
  • CHS346 Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Society
  • CHS350 Childhood Studies Research Project

MSc Practice Development:
  • SSCM10 Leadership and Management in Practice Development (Module Leader)

In previous academic years, I have taught on the following Childhood Studies modules 'Children and Families in the Community and Continuity', 'Consolidation and Critical Considerations for the Childhood Practitioner' as well as 'Living in the Social World' on the BA/BSc (Hons) Social Sciences extended course.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Children and young people's participation
  • Social policy relating to children, young people and families
  • Equality and diversity relating to children, young people and families
  • Community and youth work
  • Detached youth work
  • Impact of social media on children, young people and families 


Currently I am exploring the areas of social media in relation to children young people, families and community, and the motivation for social policy developments for potential research leading to publication or doctorate study.

Within a previous local government role I was involved in the development of two European Union funded programmes on citizens' participation:

Community and youth work
  • Detached youth work
  • Children and young people's participation
    Youth service management
  • Childhood studies (see teaching and supervision section)
  • Local Government policy relating to children, young people and families

  • BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies
  • PG Cert in Management Practice
  • PG Cert in Higher Education Teaching and Learning
  • MEd in Educational Development

    Professional Membership:
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Last updated 17 April 2020

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