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Brendan Coulson

Education Project Start-Up Lead


Brendan Coulson is the Education Project Start-Up Lead


Brendan Coulson BSc (Hons) PGCE QTLS MALTE PFHEA

Brendan is required to establish and lead a ‘start-up’ team that will build and launch new provision across Nottingham Trent University, with a focus on flexible access and work integrated learning, as follows:

* Technical and vocational Level 4 and 5 qualifications, including HTQs, and courses in partnership with regional employers, to support economic recovery and growth.

* Short, professionally focussed courses with credit accumulation.

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.

Brendan currently is a Trustee at Raleigh Learning Trust

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:

Coulson, B., 2021. The Purpose of Education. [Blog] Available at:

Coulson, B., 2022. What does the Higher Technical Kitemark really mean? [Blog] Available at:

Cole, D., Coulson, B. 2022. Beyond COVID-19: Promoting Whole Person Lifelong and Life Wide Learning. Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Education (JIPE). Humber Press.