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Max Biddulph

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Max Biddulph is an Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes in the School of Education. Prior to undertaking his initial teacher training at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Max graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Geography. In first part of his career, Max worked for twenty-six years in a number of secondary schools teaching Personal Social Health Education, culminating in the role of senior manager with responsibility staff development. Some strong themes that weave through this phase of his career are performance, community, and empowerment. In 1983 he co-wrote 'The Liberty Tree' a dramatisation of the Derbyshire rising of 1817, subsequently televised by ITV. Also, in the 1980s, following a visit to Lawrence Kohlberg's 'Just Community' project in New York, he experimented with curriculum, pupil voice and empowerment in a local community school setting. Max joined the team of the then Centre for the Study of Human Relations in 1991 where he trained in the delivery of experiential learning which has been a hall mark of his teaching since and he was awarded a University of Nottingham Lord Dearing Award for excellence in teaching in 2008.

From the foundations as a classroom teacher. a particular interest that Max has had during his career is in the field of pastoral care and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). In 1994 he was commissioned to write the classroom materials for the Derbyshire Theatre in Health Education project and in 2001 fpa published his co-authored book 'Moving Goalposts: Setting a Training Agenda for Sexual Health Work with Boys and Young Men'. Since that time has been extensively involved at a national level in this field undertaking large projects and training for fpa, the National Children's Bureau, Sheffield Centre for HIV and Sexual Health and the former Teenage Pregnancy Unit. These have focused on delivering SRE to young people in a variety of educational settings including youth work, state and independent education sectors and the care system.

Max's has been involved in activism and LGBT politics for almost thirty years and in 1997 he was one of the founder members of SWAN - the National Association of Assertiveness Trainers of Gay/Bisexual Men. His front-line work also includes work as a volunteer counsellor within an HIV organisation and an LGBT community initiative. Max has presented papers relating to his doctoral research into the experiences of gay/bisexual men who are educators at conferences in the UK, Europe and North America and in 2017 he was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Medal for outstanding contribution via his work as Chair of the University of Nottingham Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Trans, Questioning (LGBTQ) staff network.

In the decade between 2000-10 he undertook various pieces of research both as an individual and within teams:

  • Doctoral Research: Gay and Bisexual men who are Educators: A Narrative Enquiry of Space, Deployment and Identity. Nottingham Trent University 2005
  • Promoting Emotional Development of Young People: Centre for the Study of Human Relations and Nottingham City LA
  • Faith in Families: Catholic Children's Society
  • Opening Hearts: tackling homophobia in the primary school classroom: National Healthy Schools Initiative
  • Becoming a Teacher Project: Department for Education

Since 2013 Max has refocused his work around teaching, activism and scholarship. 'Performance' continues to feature in his work and in 2017 he was invited to participate in a commissioned piece examining the impact and legacy of Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988. The outcome, Ed Webb-Ingall's 2017 installation 'We have rather been invaded' which is currently touring, uses twentieth century community video methods to communicate a roundtable discussion of activists and educators interspersed with archive footage. Personal narratives also featured in 'Hooking Up: Gay Men, Spaces and Desire 1960-2018' an ethnographic retrospective performed at Lakeside Arts in February 2018 in association with Jozs Bitelli, Artist and Joel Tan, playwright as part of the UoN LGBT History Month portfolio.

Max also has an interest in the Gypsy Traveller community and is currently Chair of the editorial board of Pastoral Care in Education (Taylor and Francis), the International Journal of the National Association of Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE). The proposed new 'Relationships and Sex Education' curriculum for England and Wales will feature in his scholarship activity during 2018-19.

Teaching Summary

In addition to his directorship role, Max also has responsibility in the School of Education as course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in International Student Advice and Support (ISAS)… read more

Research Summary

Current scholarship activity during 2018-19 will focus on:

The global impact of PrEP on HIV transmission and an examination of the 'fitness for purpose' in terms of the inclusivity, of the proposed new RSE curriculum in England and Wales.

A piece exploring the changing landscape in HE the absence of infrastructure to audit LGBT inclusivity questioning and what can be done to achieve more inclusive practice.

A lecture/performance piece for LGBT History Month in the UON People and Culture team portfolio of events

A written piece questioning the altitudinal/belief system shifts needed 'in the person of the educator' to create third culture spaces for gypsy traveller young people in education environments.

Dec/early Jan for Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan 27. Resource - led piece on remembering the gay men of Sachsenhausen's Klinkerwerk.

Recent Publications

  • BIDDULPH, M., 2016. Sex Education is letting British teenagers down The Conversation, UK. Available at: <https://theconversation.com/sex-education-is-letting-british-teenagers-down>
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2013. ‘Queer’ and ‘teacher’ as symbiosis? Exploring absence and presence in discursive space.. In: TAYLOR, Y and ADDISON, M., eds., Queer Absences and Presences Palgrave McMillan. 222-239
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2012. Sexualities and citizenship education. In: ARTHUR, J. and CREMIN, H., eds., Debates in citizenship education Routledge. 100-114
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2010. Can only Dorothy’s friends speak for Dorothy? Exploring issues of biographical positioning in qualitative research with gay/bisexual men. In: HUBER, T., ed., Storied inquiries in international landscapes: an anthology of educational research Information Age Publishing.

Max is a member of the Centre for Research in Schools and Communities. His research supervision areas include: Affective experience and education:

  • experiential learning
  • lifelong personal development
  • personal, social, health, citizenship education

Communities as social spaces:

  • identity, social space and sexuality
  • school ethos and micro-politics

Gender, masculinities and identity:

  • working class masculinities and education
  • masculinity and sexuality
  • intimacy and men's relationships

Queer identities:

  • homosexuality, heterosexism, homophobia, heteronormativity and education
  • LGBT teachers and students in educational settings

Qualitative research:

  • activism
  • arts-based methods
  • visual methods
  • autoethnography
  • ethnography
  • performance narrative
  • validity
  • verisimilitude and trustworthiness

Sex and Relationships education:

  • practice, context and culture
  • HIV/AIDS education

Research topics of current and recent students include:

  • Emotional experience as a developmental process in the training of language teachers
  • Counselling in higher education contexts

Research proposals: please email Max if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic. See also: School of Education research supervision areas.

In addition to his directorship role, Max also has responsibility in the School of Education as course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in International Student Advice and Support (ISAS) delivered in partnership with the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

His current teaching contributes to:

School of Education:

  • B.A. Humanistic Counselling Practice
  • MA Person-Centred Experiential Counselling Practice and Psychotherapy
  • MA Education
  • PG Cert International Student Advice and Support (ISAS)
  • PGCE

Nottingham Business School:

  • Executive MBA: Personal Development module

Past Research

2006 - 2008: Becoming a Teacher Project: a 6-year (2003-2009) study of teachers' experiences of initial teacher training (ITT), induction and early professional development: co-funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), the General Teaching Council (GTC) and the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

2009: Derbyshire Health Promoting Schools and the National Healthy Schools: Opening Hearts: Challenging homophobic bullying via the primary school literacy curriculum, Principal investigator evaluation of the pilot study: Department of Health

1999-2001: Promoting Emotional Development in Schools Project: Nottingham City LEA

2000-2001 Centre for the Study of Human Relations Team research project: Evaluating the efficacy of the small group in counsellor training.

Doctoral research, Faculty of Education, Nottingham Trent University Title: Gay and Bisexual Men who are Educators: A Narrative Analysis of Space, Identity and Deployment

Future Research

Researching LGBT teachers experiences and identity management strategies in educational settings

Researching school leaders and inclusive practices vis a vis LGBT issues

Researching sex and relationships education (SRE) acquisition by gay/bisexual men as a lifelong process

Researching the phenomenon of message fatigue in HIV education targeted at gay/bisexual men

Developing an SRE curriculum and practice framework for teaching about same sex sexuality/relationships

Researching SRE pedagogy and curriclum processes in faith schools

Researching responses made by schools to children/young people questioning their gender identity

Researching the ethics of observation and the management / inclusion (?) of data relating to unaware/non-consenting participants

Researching the use of narrative communicated via visual imagery

  • BIDDULPH, M., 2016. Sex Education is letting British teenagers down The Conversation, UK. Available at: <https://theconversation.com/sex-education-is-letting-british-teenagers-down>
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2013. ‘Queer’ and ‘teacher’ as symbiosis? Exploring absence and presence in discursive space.. In: TAYLOR, Y and ADDISON, M., eds., Queer Absences and Presences Palgrave McMillan. 222-239
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2012. Sexualities and citizenship education. In: ARTHUR, J. and CREMIN, H., eds., Debates in citizenship education Routledge. 100-114
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2010. Can only Dorothy’s friends speak for Dorothy? Exploring issues of biographical positioning in qualitative research with gay/bisexual men. In: HUBER, T., ed., Storied inquiries in international landscapes: an anthology of educational research Information Age Publishing.
  • BIDDULPH, M, 2008. Opening Hearts: Challenging Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying in the Primary School. An evaluation of the Pilot Study in North Derbyshire Derbyshire Healthy Schools.
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2008. Stolen intimacies: (Auto)narratives of *MSM, HIV, spaces and sexualities *men who have sex with men Auto/biography Yearbook 2008. 171-193
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2007. Rules of engagement: boys, young men and the challenge of effective sex and relationships education Pastoral Care in Education An International Journal of Personal, Social, Emotional Development. 25(3), 24-33
  • BIDDULPH, M, 2007. Sex and Relationships Education: humanity and empowerment in pastoral care Pastoral Care in Education An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 25(3), 2-4
  • HOBSON, A, MALDEREZ, A, TRACEY, L. HOMER, M, MITCHELL, N, BIDDULPH, M and GIANNAKAKI, M, 2007. Newly Qualified Teachers’ Experiences of their First Year of Teaching (978184775)
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2006. Sexualities Equality in Schools: Why Every Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) Child Matters Pastoral Care in Education. VOL 24(NUMBER 2), 15-21
  • BIDDULPH, R.M., 2005. The monochrome frame: mural making as methodology for understanding self. In: MITCHELL, C., WEBER, S. and O'REILLY-SCANLON, K., eds., Just who do we think we are?: methodologies for autobiography and self-study in education London: Routledge Falmer. 49-57
  • BIDDULPH, R.M., 2004. Review of Frances, G. and Power, P.; Developing Good Practice in Sex and Relationships Education: Guidance and Training for School Governors, Pastoral Care in Education
  • BIDDULPH, M., 2003. Counselling for sensitive issues. In: HORNBY, G., HALL, C. and HALL, E., eds., Counselling pupils in schools: skills and strategies for teachers London: RoutledgeFalmer. 119-128
  • BIDDULPH, R.M., 2001. Counselling and Helping for Sensitive Issues: Working with Sexual Abuse. In: Counselling Skills for Teachers Routledge, London and New York.
  • BIDDULPH, M. and BLAKE, S., 2001. Moving goalposts: setting a training agenda for sexual health work with boys and young men London: Family Planning Association.
  • BIDDULPH, R.M., 1999. Review of Queer Theory in Education British Journal of Educational Psychology. 69(4), 617-619
  • BIDDULPH, R.M., 1999. Can only Dorothys Friends Speak for Dorothy? Exploring Issues of Biographical Positioning in Qualitative Research with Gay/Bisexual Men Journal of Critical Inquiry into Curriculum and Instruction. 1(3), 28-29
  • HALL, E., HALL, C., HARRIS, B., HAY, D., BIDDULPH, M. and DUFFY, T., 1999. An evaluation of the long-term outcomes of small-group work for counsellor development British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. VOL 27(NUMBER 1), 99-112
  • BIDDULPH, R.M., 1998. Teaching Sex and Relationships Education in Secondary Schools Sex Education Matters. 16, 1-8
  • BIDDULPH, R.M., 1997. Professional development and training for practitioners: working with boys and young men. In: Let's hear it for the boys 46-61
  • BIDDULPH, R.M., 1997. Pink Therapy: A Guide for Counsellors and Therapists Working with Gay and Bisexual Clients British Journal of Educational Psychology. 67(1),
  • HALL, E., HALL, C.A., BIDDULPH, R.M., DUFFY, T., HARRIS, B., HAY, D. and , 1997. Group work in counsellor training: An evaluation Counselling Psychology Review. 12(4), 179-186
  • Sex Education is letting British teenagers down.: The Conversation, UK The Conversation, UK.. Available at: <https://theconversation.com/sex-education-is-letting-british-teenagers-down-56476#comment_932631>

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