The University of Northampton

The University of Northampton (UN) is delighted to be part of the SENEL project. Not only does UN has extensive experience and expertise in project management but also academic staff with key knowledge, skills and interests focused on this area.

In 2015, the University of Northampton celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the granting of its University Title and Research Degree Awarding Powers. UN is a modern institution providing both undergraduate and postgraduate education for over fourteen thousand students spread out between two campuses. The University has developed number of research centres, including the Centre for Education and Research (CeSNER) within the School of Education. The School of Education is highly experienced in managing large, multi-agency projects. We have delivered for a range of private and public sector clients across the UK and Internationally.

The University offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees as well as foundation degrees, diplomas and a variety of postgraduate opportunities including a PhD programme. The School of Education provides initial teacher education, specialist training for teachers in the area of Special Educational Needs, a Master’s Level programme and provision for research students taking PhD studies. The School of Education runs courses focussed on special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities  at both undergraduate and Masters levels, including a BA SEN and Inclusion and an MA Education (SEN and Inclusion). PhD students and staff are carrying out research into SEN within the UK and internationally. We are one of the leading UK universities in the field of research, publication and teaching regarding SEN.

In 2013 Ashoka U, the world's leading network of social entrepreneurs, awarded the University of Northampton the international accolade of 'Changemaker Campus', in recognition of our commitment to social enterprise and the excellence of the opportunities this commitment gives to our students. Underpinned by clear values, one of them enabling all students to develop the skills required to stand out in the employment market and to be the change leaders of the future.

The University is investing in its local community with the creation of a new University campus in the heart of Northampton’s Waterside Enterprise Zone, which it is anticipated will open in Autumn 2018.
The University of Northampton (UN) is responsible for management, administration and quality assurance of this project. UN will lead development of work in the areas of policy and practice to inform the Mini-Guide for Employers, also coordinating a national presentation day based on project the Best practices analysis and exhibition in June 2016. It will also coordinate, in June 2017, an international meeting for the conclusion of the project and the final dissemination/multiplier event for all three project outcomes.


  • Dr Sheena Bell, Senior Lecturer in SEN and Inclusion, sheena.bell(at)
  • Helen Trory, Senior Lecturer in SEN and Inclusion, helen.trory(at)
  • Paul Bramble, Project Officer (Research & Enterprise), paul.bramble(at)

Activate Learning

Activate Learning (AL) will work with UoN on the development of Outcomes 1 (Best practices Analysis and Exhibition), and support in the piloting of Outcomes 2 (Mini guide for Employers) and 3 (Passport to Employment) in an English context. It will also support in the coordination of a presentation day based on project Outcomes 1 and 2 in March 2016. Additionally AL, will work with the UoN in June 2017, in preparing for the final dissemination/multiplier event for all three outcomes. It is ideally suited to this role because of its current work and vast experience in supporting students with SEND into work, its partnerships with a wide range of employers, and its experience in working on previous project.

Activate Learning is a pioneering education group which combines secondary, further and higher education, with apprenticeship and workforce training, consultancy, commercial business and social enterprise. These organisations are united by a common purpose - to transform lives through learning.
Our unique learning philosophy understands how people learn best and creates an environment where they can succeed. We ensure the future employability of our learners throughout their lives. We achieve this by developing the technical and softer skills required for success. Our learners develop confidence, self-awareness, determination and creativity - attributes needed to thrive in a competitive global market. We want to go 'further than education' by igniting confidence and expanding opportunities in our people; in ways that energise communities, build businesses and grow the economy.

City of Oxford College provides career-focused education for school leavers and adults in Oxfordshire. The college is a specialist in post-16 education, providing A-level and BTEC programmes that prepare young people for university and employment. It works in partnership with local secondary schools to offer vocational pathways for pupils aged 14 to 16 and offers full and part-time professional pathways for adults, together with a diverse range of evening and weekend leisure courses. As part of the Activate Learning group, the college provides higher education programmes backed by leading universities including Oxford Brookes. Higher education specialisms include policing, health and social care, business and enterprise and computer games animation. The college is also home to the Rycotewood Furniture Centre, part of the National School of Furniture. As a national centre of excellence for training in furniture design and making, students have access to degree-level programmes backed by Bucks New University and enjoy excellent progression into industry.


  • Chrissy Robertson, Manager, Chrissy.Robertson(at)
  • Helen Adams, Helen.Adams(at)



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