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Samuel Dent

Academic Development Manager

Centre for Academic Development and Quality Dept.


Dr Samuel Dent is the Educational Research and Evaluation Team Leader in the Centre for Academic Development and Quality. This team focuses on praxis-based research, funded by the institutions Acess and Participation Plan supporting the NTU to make evidenced informed choices to address disparities in attainment, experience, and achieve greater equity.

Our projects in 2018/19 focused on the following areas;

Career overview

Dr Samuel Dent heads up the Educational Research & Evaluation Team, at Nottingham Trent University in the Centre for Academic Development and Quality. Here he runs a praxis-focused research team of 5 staff, who look at addressing issues of equity and inclusion in higher education.

Prior to working at NTU Samuel worked at the University of Sheffield leading a national praxis-orientated project on the role of personal tutoring in addressing unexplained gaps in attainment and conducting a study into student demand for credit transfer.

Samuel was named the Forum on Access and Continuing Education's (FACE) emerging researcher of 2016, and his research has received numerous awards and recognition shaping practice in HE in the UK and Ireland, including being cited in the Office for Students Regulatory framework.

External activity

Samuel is a network convenor for the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), and directs the annual Newer Researchers Conference.


An up to date set of publications can be found via Researchgate. Key publications include;

Dent, S. Burke, C. Mountford-Zimdars, A. (Eds.) (Forthcoming) Theory of Change: Debates and Applications of a Theory of Change to Access and Participation in Higher Education

Dent, S. Nightingale, J. Mather, H. and Strike, T. (2017). Should I stay, or should I go? Student demand for credit transfer and recommendations for policy and practice. The University of Sheffield, UK.

Dent, S. Lane, L. Strike, T Eds. (2017) Collaboration, Communities and Competition: International Perspectives from the Academy. Sense.

Dent, S. (2015) Institutional Ethnography: Care in Higher Education. SAGE Research Methods Cases.