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Paul Fenton

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Paul is a member of the Division of Sociology's Leadership Team. Paul has a specialist role in Youth Studies with a brief to provide academic leadership in youth studies, youth justice and youth work.

Paul leads academic research, scholarship and commercial activity, contributes to curriculum enhancement, external partnerships and supports the professional development of the staff team.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Paul Fenton held roles as:

  • Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Oasis College of Higher Education (a college specialising in Children, Youth and Family-based Studies).
  • Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at Bishop Grosseteste University, with subject responsibility for Children and Youth Services.
  • Training Officer for Milton Keynes Council, with lead responsibility for Youth Work and Play.
  • Freelance Youth and Community Work Educator, working with public, private and voluntary sector agencies.
  • Director of Education for Bridgeworks Trust (a charity providing alternative education for disaffected young people).
  • Youth Ministry Consultant and Regional Schools Outreach Advisor, for a national charity, Scripture Union, in England and Wales.
  • Youth and Community Worker for rural parishes in Gloucestershire.

Research areas

Paul has research interests and is active in the following areas:

  • Young people and political literacy
  • Mentoring young people
  • The role of the faith sector in providing community services
  • Widening participation in higher education

External activity

Paul is involved in collaborative work with the following agencies:


Fenton, P. (2014) Inclusive Youth Work. In Nash, S. and Whitehead, J. (Eds) (2014) Christian Youth Work in Theory and Practice. London: SCM Press

Rose, A and Fenton, P. (2013) Faithfully meeting local needs: Exploring partnerships and policy in faith-based organisations delivering services to the community. London: CLiCT

Fenton, P. (2012) Beyond the price-tag: Why a university education is worth the investment. In Youthwork (November 2012) London: CCP

Fenton, P. (2011) Ethos and leadership in social sector organisations: A Critical Enquiry. London: OCHE Imprint.

Fenton, P. (2009) Engaging employers in work-based learning. An ESClate funded project through the Higher Education Academy: Bishop Grosseteste University College

Fenton, P. (2005) Questions of quality in faith-based youth organisations. Masters Thesis: Brunel University

Fenton, P. (1999) Someone to lean on. Accompanying young people on the journey of faith. Milton Keynes: Scripture Union

Press expertise

  • Youth interventions
  • Assumptions about young people in society
  • Representation of young people in the media
  • Representation of class in the media