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Sean Cavan

Sean Cavan BSc (Hons), MSc, MA

Head of Strategic Business Engagement


I lead the development of partnerships, networks, accredited and non-accredited provision that support the professional development of colleagues working in a wide range of education settings.


I have 30 years experience in creating and delivering professional development programmes in the private and public sectors, in the UK and internationally.

While working in senior roles in the Department of Computing and Management Sciences and the Sheffield Business School I developed 5 major Masters programmes for the ICT and Business Administration sectors, delivered in the UK, Europe, the Gulf and Hong Kong. I was also a member of the teaching faculty of Learning Tree International Inc. delivering ICT management courses in the UK, US, Canada, Sweden and Italy to a diverse set of clients ranging from the Italian banking sector to NASA.

Experience of leading a BT-sponsored research project involving schools and as a Performance Management Governor in a local school, led to me joining the leadership team in the School of Education in 2000 and subsequently taking up the post of Head of Professional Development for the College of Social Sciences and Arts. These roles involved leading the development of our postgraduate programmes and the development of substantial strategic relationships with key partners in the wider education sector.

In the last few years this has involved a wide range of activities including representing the HEI sector as Chair of the UCET CPD committee, working with the Teaching Agency on national Postgraduate programmes , developing new partnerships with other HEIs in the national MTL and regional NPQICL programmes, working with the National College on the Teaching Schools Strategy and the development of accreditation models for their national Leadership and Management framework, building strategic partnerships with the Teaching School Alliances in our region, developing new accreditation models with the US Department of State and British Council for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programme and most recently working as chair of the policy and practice programme group for the 2013 North of England Education Conference.

The development of high-quality, accessible and meaningful learning experiences that meet the needs of organisations and the individual professionals that work within them, particularly through developing original approaches for the academic accreditation of learning that individuals can achieve in their workplace. These models have provided new ways of integrating Master’s-level academic thinking and research with professionals’ working practices, particularly in the leadership and management of schools.


Department of Teacher Education

These mainly focus on the development of new paradigms for multi-agency, multi-professional partnership working within the education sector as indicated by the following selection of activities

"Teaching Schools & HEIs. Lessons learnt from regional liaison" UCET National Conference Hinckley, November 2012

“Strategic perspectives on accredited teacher professional development” KZN Department of Education International Conference Durban, March 31st 2012

“Collaborative working practices” Teaching Schools and HEIs joint conference Institute of Education, March 28th 2012

“Developing protocols for collaborative partnerships”, Yorkshire and the Humber Teaching Schools network seminar Outwood, Feb 1st 2012

“The impact of Teaching Schools on partnership working”, UCET National Conference, Hinckley, November 2011

“The HEI sectors’ strategic response to the emerging new school groupings”, National Seminar for Education HEIs, Sheffield, July 2011

“Middle Leader Development Programme accreditation seminar” National College, Nottingham, May 2011

“Partnership protocols and accreditation strategies for international teacher exchanges” U.S. Department of State Fulbright Seminar New York, USA, June 2008 Boston, USA, May 2008

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