Nicola Gratton

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work

I am located in the Creative Communities Unit and contribute to teaching and new initiatives around Youth Work, Community Arts, Community Practice and Regeneration.


About Me

I graduated  in BSC (Hons) Psychology and Educational Studies from Lancaster University in 1996 after which I started  working as a youth worker at Stoke on Trent City Council.  Over the next 11 years I worked at operational, managerial and strategic levels within Stoke on Trent Youth Service.  Prior to starting this post at Staffordshire University I was a Senior Lecturer in Community and Youth Work at the University of Derby developing and delivering teaching for the professionally validated BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Programme.  Alongside this role I was also self employed directing Here and There Consultancy, carrying out a range of projects with youth and community groups and organisations including research, training and consultancy.




In 2002 I gained an MA Community Education with a Post Graduate Certificate in Youth and Community Work from De Montfort University.  In 2008 I undertook a Post Graduate qualification in Learning and Teaching at the University of Derby.



Professional Memberships and Activities

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy





Youth work
Community development and engagement
Working with groups
Creating informal learning opportunities
Youth work policy
Challenging inequality
Global youth work
Training delivery

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Here and There Consultancy has forged strong links with youth and community organisations and groups in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, Derby and London.

Research Interests

Youth Work and work with young people
Informal education



Selected Publications

Cotton, N. (2009) Global Youth Work: Research Report.  London. DEA.

Current Teaching

I am teaching on a range of short courses making up the Creative Communities Unit’s Masters Degree, including:

  • Understanding the Big Society

  • Making in Happen in Community Arts

  • Partnership Working

  • Mentoring

  • Contemporary Youth Work

  • Working with Groups in a youth and Community Context

  • Managing Youth Work

  • Managing Community Practice

  • Project Cycle Management


Nicola Gratton
School of Journalism, Humanities & Social Sciences (Creative Communities Unit)
Faculty of Arts & Creative Technologies
Staffordshire University
Flaxman Building
College Road
Stoke on Trent
t: +44 (0)1782 292751