Jump to accessibility statement Skip to content

Dr Gary Husband

Home / About / Academic staff profiles / Teacher Training and Education / Gary Husband

Associate Professor of Further, Adult, and Vocational Education

My background is based in social care settings, engineering, and teaching and research in further and higher education. I have held several teaching and leadership roles in both the further and higher education sectors in Scotland, England and Wales. I was previously a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department for Education Studies at the University of Stirling. My research interests are focused on the development of the further, adult and vocational education sectors. I was a part of the four nations (of the UK) project that looked at governance across the college sector (funded by the ESRC) and I am also engaged in national strategic research work focused on the new T level provision roll out. I lead on the development of educational research at the University of Sunderland. 

I currently have ten doctoral students who are covering a wide range of research topics. I am particularly interested in taking on students from professional backgrounds. I teach Practitioner Research courses and support doctoral development.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on and support the Practitioner Research MPhil and Doctoral courses in the Faculty of Education and Society.

Research interests for potential research students

  • Educational Leadership
  • Further Education
  • Adult Education
  • Vocational Education
  • Research Ethics
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Governance and Educational Policy Development
  • Community Education
  • 3rd Sector Educational Provision


Recently completed:


Number of items: 43.


Husband, Gary and Hill, Ron (2023) Let’s decide to do better governing of schools and colleges. Journal of Management Education. ISSN 1052-5629 (In Press)

Husband, Gary (2023) What are we educating for? AoC Blogs.

Cendon, Eva and Husband, Gary (2023) OPENNESS, FLEXIBILITY AND THE ROLE OF AI IN UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS. European Journal of University Lifelong Learning, 7 (1). pp. 57-59. ISSN ISSN 2789-4029

James, David, Garner, Steve and Husband, Gary (2021) Understanding practices of UK college governing: Rethinking strategy and accountability. Educational Management Administration & Leadership. p. 174114322110536. ISSN 1741-1432

Buckley, Charles and Husband, Gary (2020) Lecturer Identities and Perceptions of CPD for Supporting Learning and Teaching in FE and HE in the UK. International Journal of Management and Applied Research, 7 (4). ISSN 2056-757X

Husband, Gary (2020) Ethical Data Collection and Recognizing the Impact of Semi-Structured Interviews on Research Respondents. Education Sciences, 10 (8). ISSN 2227-7102

Watson, Cate, Husband, Gary and Ireland, Aileen (2020) Opening the 'black box': what does observational research reveal about processes and practices of governing? Journal of Management and Governance, 25. pp. 189-221. ISSN 1572-963X

Watson, Cate, Husband, Gary and Young, Helen (2020) Further education in the UK: lessons from the governance of colleges in Scotland. Journal of Education and Work, 33 (2). pp. 129-142. ISSN 1469-9435

Husband, Gary (2020) The role of mentors in supporting the professional learning of lecturers in further education colleges in Scotland and Wales. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 25 (1). pp. 42-67. ISSN 1359-6748

Husband, Gary (2019) Reimagining Middle Leadership in Further Education. Journal of Studies in Practice and Culture in Education (CSpace), 2 (1).

Husband, Gary (2019) Editorial : Special issue celebrating 2018 ARPCE International Conference. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 24 (2-3). pp. 151-154. ISSN 1359-6748

Husband, Gary, Murphy, Paul and Petrie, Joel (2019) FE or not FE? A play in two acts. PRISM, 2 (2). ISSN 2514-5347

Duckworth, Vikki, Smith, Rob and Husband, Gary (2018) Adult Education, transformation and social justice. Education and Training, 60 (6). pp. 502-504. ISSN 0040-0912

Husband, Gary (2018) The professional learning of further education lecturers: Effects of initial lecturer education programmes on continuing professional learning in Scotland and Wales. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 23 (2). pp. 159-180. ISSN 1359-6748

Husband, Gary and Jeffrey, Michael (2016) Advanced and Higher Vocational Education in Scotland: Re-contextualising the Provision of HE in FE. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 21 (1-2). pp. 66-72. ISSN 1359-6748

Husband, Gary (2015) The impact of lecturers’ initial teacher training on continuing professional development needs for teaching and learning in post-compulsory education. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 20 (2). pp. 227-244. ISSN 1359-6748

Book Section

Gregson, Margaret, Duncan, Sam, Brosnan, Kevin, Derrick, Jay, Husband, Gary, Nixon, Lawrence, Spedding, Patricia, Stubley, Rachel and Webber Jones, Robin (2020) Quality. How do we evaluate the quality of teaching and learning? In: Reflective Teaching in Further, Adult and Vocational Education. 5th ed. Reflective Teaching. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781350102019

Husband, Gary and Calder, Christine (2020) They are all enchantment, those who once behold 'em, are made their slaves forever. In: Calibans Dance. IoE Press, London.

Husband, Gary and Mycroft, Lou (2019) The cost of everything and the value of nothing: What is next for the FE sector? In: PCET: Learning and Teaching in the Post Compulsory Sector. Sage, London. ISBN 978-1526460219

Husband, Gary (2018) Knowledge, skills and pathways in further education. In: Scottish Education. 5th ed. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 978-1474437844

Husband, Gary (2017) The renovation of Machiavellian innovation: a return to a celebration of the good. In: The Principal: Power and Professionalism in FE. Trentham, London. ISBN 9781858568447

Conference or Workshop Item

Husband, Gary (2023) Education as a Practice of Freedom. In: Inaugural Associate Professor Lecture, 02 Feb 2023, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Husband, Gary (2022) Opening Keynote and Organiser's Address. In: Association of Research in Post Compulsory Education International Conference, 11th July 2022, Oxford University. (Unpublished)

Husband, Gary (2022) There is hope! In: ETF Annual Education Research Conference, 4 July 2022, University of Sunderland.

Husband, Gary (2021) Professional Learning and Research in Further, Adult and Vocational Education. In: IPFREC, July 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

Husband, Gary (2021) Practitioner research in adult education. In: Festival of Research, 1st June 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

Husband, Gary (2021) Inclusive research and Professional Learning in Post Compulsory Education. In: HCWC, January 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

Husband, Gary (2020) A cartography of professional learning in post compulsory education in the UK: A four nation perspective. In: Australian Council of Deans Anual Education Research Conference (ACDEVEG), December 2020, Australia (Online). (Unpublished)

Husband, Gary (2020) Professional Learning and Leadership in Post Compulsory Education. In: Scottish College Improvement Project Conference and Workshop, January 2020, West College Scotland. (Unpublished)

Husband, Gary (2018) Semi Structured Interviews and Ethical Data Production. In: The Qualitative Review Annual Conference, January 20218, Miami USA. (Unpublished)

Husband, Gary (2017) The Research Interview and Professional Learning. 3rd International ProPEL Conference, Linkoping, Sweden,. In: UNSPECIFIED.


Husband, Gary (2015) The impact of teacher education on continuing professional development needs for teaching and learning in post compulsory education. Doctoral thesis, Bangor University.


Husband, Gary (2023) The importance of education entry points in environmental artwork. Points of Return, 01 May 2023 - 25 Jun 2023, Umbrella Arts Center, Concord (MA.) USA.

Husband, Gary (2022) Tempus fugit. Points of Return, March 2022, Online Exhibition curated by David Cass.

Husband, Gary (2020) The Soul & the Sea. The Sea from Here, , Online Exhibition curated by David Cass.


Adams, Paul, Adams, Andrea and Husband, Gary (2003) Casting Pearls (Album by Melys). [Composition]

Adams, Paul, Adams, Andrea and Husband, Gary (2001) Suikerspin (Album by Melys). [Composition]

Adams, Paul, Adams, Andrea and Husband, Gary (2000) Kamikaze (Album by Melys). [Composition]

Adams, Paul, Adams, Andrea and Husband, Gary (1998) Rumours and Curses. [Composition]


Watson, Cate, Husband, Gary, Hill, Ron, Ireland, Aileen, Gilbert, Emma, Bathmaker, Ann-Marie, Pennacchia, Jodie, James, David and Gardner, Steve (2021) Processes and practices of governing in colleges of further education in the UK: Uncovering the complexities of governing. University of Stirling, Stirling.

Husband, Gary and Jones, Sam (2019) Research in Further Education: Why we must make a fuss about it. Intuition Magazine.

Husband, Gary (2018) At last we're redefining the duck billed platypus! [Research in Further Education]. Times Educational Supplement, London.

Husband, Gary (2016) Learn to love colleges – before they disappear. The Conversation, London.

This list was generated on Fri Apr 19 00:22:18 2024 BST.
  • Educational Leadership
  • Further Education
  • Adult Education
  • Vocational Education
  • Research Ethics
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Governance and Educational Policy Development
  • Community Education and 3rd Sector Educational Provision
  • Mentoring
  • Apprenticeships

I undertake several governance roles and support a variety of organisations. 

Current roles:

  • Chair of the Association of Research in Post-Compulsory Education
  • Member of the Board of Governors at Newbattle Abbey College
  • Trustee of Archaeology Scotland and Chair of Education and Outreach Committee

Previous roles:

  • Chair of the Duncan MacKinnon Music and Arts Foundation

Accreditations, qualifications  and fellowships
  • FRSA
  • PGCE
  • EdD

Last updated 28 February 2024