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Professor Mike Seal

Professor of Social Mobility and Education


Professor Mike Seal


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Mike is Professor of Education and Social Mobility at the University of Suffolk.  He is responsible for leading and building the research profile and activity in relation to the philosophy of learning and teaching, education, widening participation and theory of change; building a culture of research informed pedagogic practice; informing the work of their Access and Participation plan; Identifying, and obtaining resources, including the negotiation and management of high quality bids, Supporting the University in achieving research degree awarding powers through the recruitment and supervision of doctoral students.  

He was previously Reader in Critical Pedagogy, chair of the Romero Freire Institute and co-convener of Social Work and Social Policy REF unit of assessment at Newman University Birmingham. He has taught at the YMCE George Williams College, the Open University and the University of Oxford. He is a National Teaching Fellow, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts for his work on homelessness in 2009. He was previously programme director for the Certificate in Community Leadership (2018-2020), the Certificate in Trade Union Education (2018-2020), Head of Foundation Years (2017-2019), Criminology (2016-2017) and Youth and Community Work (2010-2018). Prior to this he worked in the homeless, drugs, community and youth work fields. 

He has authored seven monographs, the latest being Interrupting Heteronormativity in Higher Education, Queer and Critical Pedagogies for Palgrave Macmillan. Previous books include Participatory Pedagogic Impact Research: Co-production with Community Partners in Action for Routledge. He has edited four books including Hopeful Pedagogies in Higher Education: Dancing in the Cracks for Bloomsbury, Trade Union Education – Transforming the World for New Internationalist and Teaching Youth work in Higher Education: Tensions, Connections, Continuities and Contradictions for University of Tartu Press, Estonia. He has written 20 book chapters, 14 peer reviewed journal articles and over 25 other publications. He has delivered papers at over 80 academic and professional conferences and seminars worldwide and has been involved in 32 funded research projects including 13 as principal investigator. He was a co-convenor of BERA’s Sexualities SIG and is on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Open Youth Work and New Internationalist.