Primary Specialism: Higher Education
David was appointed to the University of Bedfordshire in December 1993, and by September 1994 he had recruited a number staff to create what is now the Dept of Applied Social Studies.
He had come from Brunel University where his discipline of social work was graded 'Excellent' under the then subject review audit process. He led and further developed the Department of Applied Social Studies for five years, during which there were two successful Research Assessment Exercise submissions. The Department is still flourishing and celebrates its 21st birthday on 1st July 2015.
In 1998 he was awarded a personal chair in Applied Social Studies. His inaugural lecture – which coincided with the launch of the Institute of Applied Social Research - discussed his work on child prostitution. His book, Child Prostitution in Britain, published in 1997, was reviewed as 'ground breaking'. His work has been further developed into the ‘International Centre for Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ by outstanding colleagues such as Professor Jenny Pearce OBE for which the University was recently awarded the Queen's Anniversary prize (2013). In the recent REF the majority of the Centre work was deemed to be 4*/World Leading.
David led the development at the University of Bedfordshire for strategic partnerships and collaborations during which he was the ‘account holder’ for the British School of Osteopathy (now known as the UCO) in the University of Bedfordshire/BSO partnership.
In 2013, David led on the development and opening of the new University of Bedfordshire Campus, University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK), in his Executive Dean role. This was an exciting initiative for the University, students and local businesses, in partnership with Milton Keynes Council. He has also played a key role in the successful MK:Smart Catalyst Project which the OU leads in collaboration with a number of prestigious partners including MK Council, BT and the University of Cambridge. David served the University Board of Governors for four years, representing the Academic Board.
David retired from his Executive role at the University in December 2013, he was awarded the Professor Emeritus title by Academic Board. He currently chairs the Board at the University College of Osteopathy.