Alan Smith, Course Director

Alan Smith

Course Director

Alan Smith is an award winning academic who was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2015. He is Course Director for an expanding area of provision which includes undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications in youth and community work, as well as a BA (Hons) in Working with Children, Young People and Families.

Alan leads one of the largest youth and community work programmes in the UK. He is Vice Chair of the National Youth Agency Education and Training Standards Committee for England, and is Co-Chair of the Joint Education and Training Standards Committee for England, Scotland, Wales and All-Ireland. He has been involved in the professional education of youth and community workers for more than 27 years, and has been at the forefront of policy and practice developments for most of that time, helping guide the profession to its current graduate status, and working with others to champion youth and community work as a discipline which changes lives and creates fairer communities.

He has held key roles within the Community and Youth Work Training Agencies Group (TAG) – the professional association for lecturers in youth and community work, and serves as Vice Chair of the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body which oversees the validation and approval of all professional youth and community work education in England.

Within Leeds Beckett University, Alan has been nominated for his inspirational teaching and personal tutoring and the Youth and Community Work team have won Course Team of the Year in the Student Union’s Golden Robe Awards, in 2014, 2018 and 2019 and were runners up in 2015.

Alan was awarded his National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for the transformational nature of his teaching and the impact it has had on countless students, and those they go on to work with - his particular interest is on supporting non-traditional learners to achieve their full potential. He is currently seconded part-time to the Centre for Learning and Teaching, developing a Critical Pedagogy Network, working to embed inclusive practice and supporting colleagues in gaining recognition through Advance-HE and the UKPSF and National Teaching Fellowship scheme.

Alan Smith, Course Director

Ask Me About

  1. Children
  2. Youth Justice
  3. Community


  • Smith A; Charura D; Nicholson P (2017), In search of excellence, sharing our experiences of inspirational teaching.:

  • Smith SA (2017), How to disseminate good practice in teaching and learning:

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  • Smith SA (2016), Moving forward together – trade union education for the future:

  • Smith SA (2016), Meeting the education and training needs of a professional youth and community work workforce in challenging times: Austerity Britain and the fight to survive: University of Girona

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  • Smith SA (2016), The Changing Landscape of Higher Education – challenges and opportunities for youth and community work education:

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  • Smith SA (2015), New times, new forms of learning – trade union education for the future: