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Kate Sapin


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2015 - on-going
Lecturer, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester

2005 - 2008; 2010 - 2015
Programme Director, Community and Youth Work Studies, School of Education, University of Manchester

2008- 2010
Teaching fellow, Community and Youth Work Studies, School of Education, University of Manchester

1995 - 2005
Programme Head, Community and Youth Work and Social Studies
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Manchester

1990 - 1995 (part-time)
Co-Director, Certificate in Comunity Work
Centre for the Development of Continuing Education, University of Manchester

1985 - 1994 (part-time)
Tutor, Community Work Learning Programme
Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of Manchester

1986-1991 (part-time)
Accreditation Convenor
Greater Manchester Community Work Training Group, Salford

1986 - 1988 (part-time)
Community Education, "Home into Education"
Social Services and Education, Manchester City Council

1986 - 1990 (part-time)
Tutor/Counsellor, Arts Foundation course
The Open University

1985 - 1986 (part-time)
Course Director, Women and New Technology
Nelson and Colne College, Lancs.

1984 - 1985 (part-time)
Learning Materials Development Officer
Drop-In Skills Centre (DISC), Nelson, Lancs.

1983 - 1984 (part-time)
Tutor, "Return to Learn" & Study Skills courses
Nelson and Colne College, Lancs.

1977 - 1983 (part-time)
Area Organiser / Tutor English for Speakers of Other Languages
Basic Education Unit, Nelson and Colne College, Lancs.


M.ED. in Educational Studies, University of Manchester, Dissertation on Assessment in the Professional Education of Community Workers, 1994

Dip. RSA Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages in Further Adult and Community Education (Distinction), Blackburn Curriculum Development Centre, 1980

Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education, University of Manchester, 1977

B.A. English Literature, Tufts University, MA., USA, 1974

Research interests

Recent projects:

Research interests include community and youth work and participation, sustainability and communities, anti-oppressive practice, student engagement and social responsibility.

Further information


26 March 2013: Conference presentation: “Management and organisational issues in community and youth work”. Engaging with local ethnic and linguistic communities. Multi-Lingual Manchester, University of Manchester and the Higher Education Academy

September 2012 - February 2013: Conference Steering Group member: School’s Out, in partnership with LGBT Youth Manchester

2010: Keynote Speaker: “Valuing Youth Work: Space, Structure or Service?” Meeting Youth Needs in the 21st Century: youth work, young people and youth policy, University College Cork, School of Applied Social Studies, 12 May 2010

February, 2011: Poster presentation: “Appreciative Inquiry: an approach to distance learning in Community Engagement, Inter-‘Cultural Dialogue and Global Citizenship”, with Ann Shacklady-Smith, Highly commended poster at Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia conference.

October, 2011: Conference presentation: “Appreciative Inquiry and online learning about community engagement”, Appreciative Inquiry Network, Loutraki, Greece with Ann Shacklady-Smith

2010: Workshop presentation: "Youth Work, Conscientization and Choice". Deciding for well being: decision-making science in action. School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester (19.3.2010) with Richard McHugh

2008: Conference presentation: “Participation and human needs”, Generating Alternatives, University of Strathclyde (September 2008)

2008: Conference presentation: “Youth work and human needs”, Training Agency Group conference, Liverpool John Moores University (July 2008)

2007: Conference Steering Group member: “Risk and Resilience: A day conference on issues and practice related to Mental Health and LGBT Young People” at the University of Manchester (31/10/2007)

2005: Conference presentation: “Modular Provision for Professional Education”, Widening Participation to University Study Through Flexible Delivery, The University of Stirling in Partnership with ESCalate (October 2005)

2001-2005: Conference manager and Report editor, “A Black Perspective in Community and Youth Work”, annual Community Work Unit conferences at The University of Manchester.

October 1998: Conference supervisor, Report editor, “Keeping Track of Community and Youth Work: Supervision of Practice and Professional Development”: a Community Work Unit conference on external supervision, supervision in a local authority, a black perspective on supervision, Deaf friendly supervision and others

Other relevant experience

2012 – on-going: Advisory Group Member: Community Engagement Advisory Group, The University of Manchester

2012: External advisor: Validation of BA (Hons) Youth and Community Development, Bradford College, West Yorkshire for Teeside University

2012: Panel Member, The Challenge Network, Manchester

2011: Subgroup member: Employability Working Group Subgroup, The University of Manchester.

2011: Panel Member, The Challenge Network, Manchester

2009- on-going: External Examiner, BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work, Ruskin College, Oxford

2008: External advisor: Validation of BA (Hons) Youth and Community Development, Bradford College, West Yorkshire for Leeds Metropolitan University

2007: External advisor, Approval for Foundation Route, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Hull

2005-2008: External examiner, BA Community Development, University of Bradford

2004: Panel member, National Youth Agency Working Group, Foundation Degree in Working with Youth, The Open University

2004: Panel member, National Youth Agency Working Group, Diploma in Applied Community and Youth Studies, University of Derby

2002 – 2005: External examiner, Diploma for Connexions Personal Advisors, University of the West of England

2002: Panel member, Curriculum Evaluation for Youth and Cultural Work, Estonia Higher Education Institutions

1999-2002: External examiner, M.Soc.Sci & B.Soc.Sci (Youth and Community Work), University of Cork, Eire

2002: Panel member, National Youth Agency Working Group, Centre for Youth Work Studies, Brunel University

2000 - 2004: Working Group member, Mature Students Working Group, Widening Participation, University of Manchester

1999: Panel member, National Youth Agency Working Group, Dip HE Youth & Community, John Moores University

1998: Working Party member, National Youth Agency Working Party: Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning

1998: Working Party member, National Youth Agency Working Party: Fieldwork Supervision

1995-2003: Panel member, North West Regional Accreditation and Moderation Panel

1990-1993 (approx): Parent Governor, Old Moat Primary School, Manchester

1978-1985: Community worker, supporting local Play, Parent and Toddlers, Asian Young people, Women's Groups in Nelson, Lancashire

1976-1981: Founder member, local anti-racist campaign/support group, Nelson, Lancashire



2011-2013: 'Developing learning materials to address students' awareness of their web presence' Teaching & Learning Enhancement Project, University of Manchester

2009-2010: Course development project, with Ann Shacklady-Smith, Manchester Business School: Community Engagement, Intercultural Dialogue and Global Citizenship: an online course

2008-2010: Research / consultancy: “A framework for community learning”, Community Xchange, British Council

2008: Research partner: “First Steps Project: Pathways to HE courses in Community Work”, with Manchester Metropolitan University and Greater Manchester Strategic Alliance - Regeneration Sector

2000 – 2003: Project manager, “Widening Participation in the Community Work Unit”, a HEFCE funded project

October 1999 – September 2001: Project manager, “Community Work Unit Peer Education Network”, a Health Action Zone funded project on drugs education with young people

January – June 1999: Project supervisor, “Supervision of Community and Youth Work: a pilot learning programme for experienced supervisors of community and youth workers

1996 – 1999: Project supervisor, “Developing European Models of Work-based Learning in Community and Youth Work”, a Leonardo Project looking at definitions and criteria for supervisors

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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