As Principal Lecturer, Paul is a member of the Division of Sociology's Leadership Team. Principal Lecturers provide academic leadership, strategic and operational management within and across the Division of Sociology.
Paul has a specialist role as Principal Lecturer in Youth Studies with a brief to provide academic leadership in youth studies, youth justice and youth work.
As a Principal Lecturer, Paul leads academic research, scholarship and commercial activity, contributes to curriculum enhancement, external partnerships and supports the professional development of the staff team.
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.
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
Paul is involved in collaborative work with the following agencies:
- The UK Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work, of which he is the Support and Development Officer
- The Higher Education Academy, of which Paul is a Principal Fellow
- Staffordshire University, of which he is a Visiting Professor for the Creative Communities Unit
- The Royal Society of Arts, of which he is a Fellow
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
- Youth interventions
- Assumptions about young people in society
- Representation of young people in the media
- Representation of class in the media