Samuel Dent  Croped Portrait

I am a part-time PhD student at Sheffield Institute of Education (SIOE) at Sheffield Hallam University. My PhD is entitled Recognising Students Who Care For Children. I am supervised by Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, and Dr Nicola Lightfoot.

My research builds on my career in higher education, which has included working in a variety of roles related to student support and the student experience, working in a diverse range of organizations including Charities, Advisory Services, and Student Unions, and university residences.

In August 2016, I joined the University of Sheffield as a Project Manager in their Office for Strategy Planning and Governance, within their Policy and Projects Division. Currently I manage projects around student mobility, and grant applications working on calls such as the HEFCE Catalyst Fund, as well as supporting the team in the division more broadly with policy and horizon scanning activity.

Prior to this I began work as Project Officer for the Higher Education Acess Tracker (HEAT). HEAT is a non-profit making service; founded, governed and funded by members through equal subscription, initially formed in 2011 to target, monitor and evaluate outreach programmes, and to track students’ progression from school into Higher Education, and beyond. Based at Sheffield Hallam University I provide a Hub for HEAT’s HQ in Kent University work in the north, managing a portfolio of over 20 universities across the north of England.

I have worked in higher education since 2011, in a diverse range schools and faculties at the university of Leeds such as Business School, Earth and Environment, and finally working cross-institutionally Center Manager of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Particulate Products of Processes, which deliverers an innovative and creative integrated MSc and PhD Programme. My specialisms being student support and pastoral care, and I have particular experience of  working with students with diverse needs, and widening participation and accessibility of higher education.

I have also worked extensively in Students Unions, working for Leeds University Union, and previously serving as a trustee at Leeds Beckett Student Union, originally filling the role of student trustee for mature and part-time students (2013-14) and then serving a term as lay trustee (2014-2016).

I was awarded the Forum on Access and Contributing Education (FACE) conferences Emerging Researcher  of 2016. I as well as an active member and Online New Researchers Advocate for the Society for Research in Higher Education, and in 2015 won their New Researchers Conference Award for Judges Choice of Best Poster Presentation. Further to this I am a member of The European Higher Education Society (EAIR) and an accredited member of the Association of University Administrators.

An alumni of Leeds University I hold a Ba (Hons) in Politics, and a Masters of Arts by Research (MAR) in Politics and Governance for my work; Decentering Decision Making; Sure Start and New Labour.

All views expressed on this website are my own and should not be taken to represent those of my employer, or other organizations or institutions I am associated with.