Professor Tristram Hooley

Position: Professor of Career Education

Subject area: Education Studies & SEND

Research Centre: International Centre for Guidance Studies

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I am Professor of Career Education at the University of Derby. At the University of Derby I am involved in teaching and supervision of doctoral student, research and the mentoring of staff. As part of this I am contributing towards REF strategy and planning.

I also have other roles as the Director of Research for The Careers & Enterprise Company and Professor II at the Inland University of Applied Science, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education, University of Southern Queensland. 

I am a member of the UK Careers Sector Strategic Alliance, a Winston Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) and I'm on the editorial board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. I was the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Education Committee inquiry into career guidance.

I also write the Adventures in Career Development blog.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the Masters in Career Education and Coaching and on the EdD programme. I'm available to supervise EdD and PhD theses in areas related to career, career development and the educational use of social media.

I am currently supervising doctoral work on:

  • Gamification and career guidance
  • The career journeys of graduates from Orkney and Shetland
  • The role of parents in career education in the Netherlands
  • Careers, career guidance and the gig economy
  • Career transitions in the construction sector
  • Career identity in Norway

Researchers that I have supervised have competed theses on the following subjects.

I have examined five doctoral theses (2 PhD and 3 professional doctorates).

Research interests

My main research interests address the following topics:

  • The role of career guidance in supporting the development of social justice
  • The intersection of policy and practice in careers work
  • Identifying the impact of career development interventions
  • The role of online and digital technologies in career development

I also have a number of other research interests including the role of attractiveness and appearance in career, the careers and professional practice of researchers and the use of online research methods.

Recent publications


  • Robinson, D., Moore, N.  & Hooley, T.  (2018). Ensuring an independent future for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND): a critical examination of the impact of education, health and care plans in England, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2017.1413706



A full list of my publications is available at:

In the media


I am enthusiastic about the public communication of research. I have experience of contributing to media discussions in new media, print, radio and television. Examples of my work in this area include.

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