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Mr Stephen Corbett

Head of School

Stephen Corbett


Stephen Corbett is Head of School of Language and Applied Linguistics. Prior to this role he has held responsible for the University's Further Education Teacher Training prgrammes. Stephen began his career training in accountancy, a subject which he greatly enjoyed, however, he found his enjoyment of the subject spurred him towards teaching rather than practicing accountancy. He taught Accounting and Business for several years within the further education sector and as he became more interested in the wider context of education began to engage in projects and assumed management responsibilities. Stephen's final position in a further education college was Head of Department for Hair, Beauty, Business, Public Services, International & Higher Education. Through a combination of study and practical experience he gained a valuable insight into the key management aspects ranging from people management through to business planning and quality improvement; which is a particular focus of his current research interests.

Research Interests

Stephen's research is focused on the further education sector; primarily 16-19 education providers. Stephen has previously lead on national projects, such as, Study Programme: Teacher Development project. More recently he secured the University of Portsmouth as the national provider for the Education & Training Foundation's Further Forces Programme. Through working with local, regional and national providers his research aim is to inform both; pedagogical approaches to further education teaching and professional development of further education managers. His overall intention is to identify practical application of contemporary theory as well as seeking to inform the field of research from a practitioner perspective. Key aspects of his research include:

  • Middle management competencies in further education
  • Further education teacher development
  • Translating maths & english for employers
  • Curriculum design
  • 16-19 study programmes

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