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Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham


Max Biddulph is a lecturer and a member of Centre for Research in Schools and Communities.

In first part of his career, Max worked for twenty six years in a number of secondary schools teaching Personal Social Health Education. Some strong themes that weave through this phase 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.

A particular interest that Max has developed in the last twenty years is in the field of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) undertaking research, training and dissemination at a national level focusing on the delivery of SRE to young people in a variety of educational settings including youth work, state and independent education sectors and the care system. Max also has a strong interest in activism and LGBT politics and has a strong interest in sexuality issues in the work place. This stems from his doctoral research into the experiences of gay and bisexual men who are educators.

Research Summary

2009-current Evaluation of Pastoral Care Provision in 4 Secondary Schools: Faith in Families Project, Catholic Childrens Society

2009 - current Derbyshire Health Promoting Schools and the National Healthy Schools: Opening Hearts: Challenging homophobic bullying via the primary school literacy curriculum,

Recent Publications

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. Stolen intimacies: (Auto)narratives of *MSM, HIV, spaces and sexualities *men who have sex with men Auto/biography Yearbook 2008. 171-193
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.
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  • –present
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham