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Great people at forward-thinking Newman are the reason I'm here; Having arrived at Newman in 1995 we wanted to discover what has made our Head of Education and Multi-Professional Practice, Professor Dave Trotman, continue here for the last two decades.

Byline: Professor Dave Trotman

You're currently celebrating your 23rd year at Newman, what is it that's kept you here for so long? Simple; it's the people, students and staff. I have had the good fortune to work with a terrifically talented team of people, who come into work every day genuinely caring about the University's students and their potential. I've also been fortunate enough to witness Newman undergo significant expansion and investment in both infrastructure and its degree portfolio. I was sad to see the central student bar become an IT suite, though, but I guess some would argue it's just a different form of social media!

You fell into teaching largely by accident, what is it about the profession that you love and how have you seen it evolve during your career? After qualifying, I worked in several roles which together showed me the power education has to transform people's lives. Nowadays, there is no doubt that teaching in the school sector has become infinitely more demanding and more subject to government regulation. We've observed that this can result in far less creativity and a more obsessive emphasis on performance. The fact that Newman has enabled its academics to develop innovative programmes for future educational professionals is another reason why I've stayed here for so long.

Could you tell us a little bit more about the inaugural lecture you've got coming up this autumn? My inaugural lecture will discuss findings from the last six years researching with children, young people and educators in a variety of school contexts. Taking place on Wednesday, October 10, it will explore the dimensions of supercomplexity and how this affects young people. Entitled 'Education in Super-Complex Times: Young people, policy effects and the navigation of the educational lifeworld', I will conclude with observations on the importance of care and what this means for schools, curriculum, educational practice and policy makers.

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 12, 2018
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