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Brendan Coulson

Education Project Start-Up Lead


Brendan Coulson is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.


In addition to his academic teaching and research role, Brendan is required to support and enhance the Institution of Education’s engagement with stakeholders in the city, region and beyond.

Career overview

Having trained in Nottingham as a Computing lecturer, Brendan spent 11 years teaching in Further Education before joining NTU in 2019.

During this time, he was nominated by his students for two national teaching awards and won the JISC Award for the use of technology to support learning in 2011. He held a wide variety of managerial roles including managing a large pre16 provision; leading apprenticeships and managing curriculum. He was given the pleasure of being invited to the Houses of Parliament on two separate occasions, one to discuss how he successfully developed a KS4 programme that pre16 home schooled learners could access; and for his work with Boots Plc in developing a successful training partnership.

He has also held Senior Management positions at two Further Education Colleges, culminating in being a Director for Learning, Marketing and Business Engagement.

He has served as a staff governor for a large Further Education provider in Nottingham.

Research areas:

Brendan’s interests focus on social constructionism and pedagogy practice within post compulsory education.

Press expertise:

Brendan can offer comment on: Further Education; Apprenticeships; Adult Learning and Work-based Learning.

Nottingham Institute of Education - Blog:

“Community of Practice – from the classroom to the staffroom”


Coulson, B., 2021. The Skills for Jobs white paper: A chance to provide ‘flexibility’. [Blog] Available at: