Staff profile

Jon White

Senior Lecturer and School/College liaison tutor for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I teach classes across a range of modules within the Early Childhood Studies degree.

My particular interests are in how the views of children can be understood and how children are involved with research. I am also interested in how the experience of children is managed as they move between children's services. I believe it is very important that children are given the opportunity to develop resilience when they are young, as resilient children grow into resilient adults.

I am the school and college liaison tutor for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme and as such am often the first point of contact for potential new students. I do my best to welcome applicants to the University of Derby so that the process of moving to a University is as straightforward as possible. I welcome contact by both email or by phone.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach a second year module called "The Early Years Researcher" and a third year optional module called "The Young Child in Transition: Supporting Change and Developing Resilience". I supervise a number of Independent Studies dissertations each year.

As a Personal Tutor, I have a small group of tutees at each stage of the degree. I support their professional development and placement experience.

Professional interests

My professional interests revolve around the process of Transition. Whether this is when a child moves from home to nursery, or whether it is when an adult decides to come to university, there needs to be an understanding of how the processes are planned and managed. I believe that if this process is effective, it will lead to the development of resilience so that individuals can better cope with what life (or University) brings them.

Research interests

I have recently carried out an audit of our admissions process to explore the effectiveness of "first contacts".

I regularly visit the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria to work with early years professionals in these countries.

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate Qualifications 

Postgraduate Qualifications 

Recent conferences

International experience

I regularly visit the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria to work with early years professionals in these countries.

Additional interests and activities

As School/College liaison tutor for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme, I am happy to visit schools and colleges to give a short interactive presentation on University life, Early Childhood Studies and how to prepare your University personal statement.

I  welcome contact by either phone or email.

Recent publications