Mr Trevor Cotterill

Trevor Cotterill

Position: Programme Leader: BA (Hons) SEND, FdA SEND. Assistant Programme Leader: BA (Hons) Education Studies

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Education Studies

Research Centre: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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  • Programme Leader BA (Hons) SEND
  • Programme Leader FdA SEND
  • Assistant Programme Leader BA (Hons) Education Studies
  • Senior Lecturer Education Studies
  • Lecturer in FE Collaborations
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies: Stage 2 Progression Leader

Teaching responsibilities

I am a Module Leader and lecture on a range of modules within Education Studies, these include:

  • Individual Differences and Learning
  • Personal and Professional Practice
  • Exploring Disability
  • Specfic Learning Difficulties
  • Psychology and Education

I also lead on the PGCE (Post 14) Teaching Learners with Disabilities pathway

Professional interests

I have over 35 years experience within the field of education. I have taught in secondary schools as well as in Further and Higher Education. My career started in a number of secondary schools becoming an Assistant Head of  Science. After a number of years I taught in two colleges of FE, lecturing in Psychology and SEND. On becoming a Programme Leader for SEND, I became interested in the aetiology of learning difficulties, especially issues surrounding co-morbidity in relation to Autism. I also worked with a number of LEAs and Special Schools with a focus on the professional development of their staff. My next move was as a lecturer and  manager of Initial Teacher Education on Cert Ed, PGCE and SEND courses. I have worked with a number of external agencies to develop their staff including the Probation Service, private training providers, the NHS, the Prison Service and two Police Authorities. Here at the University of Derby I lecture on a range of programmes which enable me to utilise my previous experience alongside research into SEND.

Research interests

  • SEND, including Autism and ADHD
  • Professional Development for staff working with learners with SEND
  • The role of biology and cognition in Autism
  • The influence of neuroscience and learning

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FIfL)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


  • Cert Ed (Nottingham Trent University)
  • MA Ed (Nottingham Trent University)

Recent publications

  • Cotterill, T. (forthcoming) Accountability in Education in O’Grady, A. & Cottle, V. (eds) (forthcoming) Exploring Education at Postgraduate Level. Abingdon:  Routledge
  • Cotterill, T. (forthcoming) Assessment, Learning and Evaluation in O’Grady, A. & Cottle, V. (eds) (forthcoming) Exploring Education at Postgraduate Level. Abingdon:  Routledge

Recent conferences

  • SEND Conference June 2014 University of Derby

Experience in industry

Thirty five years teaching experience in secondary schools, FE and HE

External Moderator for Psychology, Sociology, Maths, Biology, Physics and Health Studies

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