Professor Chris Pole (PhD) is a career sociologist who joined NTU as Dean of Social Sciences in 2007, having previously held the post of Sub-Dean (PG) in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Leicester. He spent nine years at Leicester which included spells as Head of Department of Sociology and Director of Research in the School of Education. Prior to this, he spent ten years at the University of Warwick where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR). Earlier posts were at the Institute for Employment Studies at the University of Sussex and the National Foundation for Educational Research.
Professor Chris Pole was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in 2011.
Professor Pole's interests in the sociology of education and of childhood have led to project-directorships under the ESRC's Children 5-16: Growing into the 21st Century programme and the ESRC / AHRC Cultures of Consumption programme. He has lectured and published widely in these areas and also in qualitative methodology, especially Ethnography. Chris is passionate about Social Science and its contribution to our understanding of the key social issues of the day.
Professor Pole believes that some of the most important things that a university can offer an individual are the capacity to analyse, to think critically and to express ideas in ways which are accessible to a range of different kinds of audiences. These skills will stand graduates in good stead as they enter the labour market and pursue their careers.