Staff profile

Trevor Cotterill

Programme Leader: BA (Hons) SEND, FdA SEND.

Trevor Cotterill


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Teaching responsibilities

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

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

Professional interests

I have over 40 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.

I have written Foundation Degrees and Advanced Diplomas in SEND, along with a BA (Hons) SEND and cpd modules.

I have spoken about Autism at National and International conferences and worked with international students in the Netherlands.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Forty years teaching experience in secondary schools, FE and HE

External Examiner and External Verifier for Autism, Psychology, Sociology

International experience

Working with ITE students at Han University and Saxion University, Holland

Recent publications