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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Gary Saunders

I graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2004 with a BA (Hons.) in Law and Criminology. I then studied for an MSc in Social Research Methods at Nottingham Trent University and my dissertation examined the impact of incarceration on prisoners’ families. I have been a teacher in HE and FE for over 10 years and completed my PGDE in 2011 at the University of Lincoln. I am currently in the latter stages of writing up my Ph.D thesis, which critically examines alternative forms of higher education provision based on democratic and non-hierarchical principles. Moreover, I am also conducting research on football fan activism, supporters' trusts and models of supporter ownership and control of football clubs in Europe.

Subject Specialism

Criminology, Law, Sociology, Research Methods, Higher Education, Co-operatives; Football Supporters' Trusts


  • Teaching Fellow — Higher Education Academy, 2012
  • PGDE — University of Lincoln, 2011
  • MSc Social Research Methods — Nottingham Trent University, 2006
  • BA (Hons.) Law and Criminology — University of Lincoln, 2004

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Research Projects

  • Reducing the barriers to fan ownership of football clubs in England — awarded £3000 by University of Lincoln in 2018
  • Evaluation of Sova’s Lincolnshire Offender Mentoring Scheme — Sova and Lincolnshire Probation Trust in 2014
  • Shaping Health for Mid Kesteven — NHS Trust in 2013
  • LCHS Culture Report — NHS Trust in 2013
  • Neary, M. and Saunders, G. (2011) ‘Leadership and learning landscapes: the struggle for the idea of the university’, Higher Education Quarterly, 65(4), pp. 333–352. — in 2011
  • Neary, M., Harrison, A., Crelin, G., Parekh, N., Saunders, G., Duggan, F., William, S. and Austin, A. (2010) Learning Landscapes in Higher Education. [Online] Higher Education Funding Council for Engl — HEFCE in 2010
  • Watling, S., and Saunders, G. (2009) Cats and Dogs and Pheromones; researching the student experience. In: Athens Institute Education and Research (ATINER). Available at: — in 2009
  • Learning Landscapes in Higher Education — awarded £243512 by HEFCE in 2009
  • Shaping Health for Louth — NHS Trust in 2009
  • McCann, L., and Saunders, G. (2008) Exploring Students Perceptions of Assessment Feedback. Centre for Social Work and Social Policy. Available at: — HEA Academy in 2007
  • Saunders, G. (2008). Responding to Students’ Perceptions of Feedback.  SWAP. Available at: — HEA Academy in 2007
  • Foo, Y. Taylor, G. Long, J. and Saunders, G. Active Learning and Active Participation in Higher Education. C-SAP in McManus, M and Taylor, G (Eds.) (2009) C-SAP Monograph 10 Active Learning and Active — in 2007
  • Shaping Health for Lincolnshire — NHS Trust in 2007

Research in the Lincoln Repository

PhD Supervisor

I currently supervise two Ph.D students who conducting research in education.

Module Responsibilities

  • Module Coordinator - Applying Criminology — 2018 to Present

Professional Affiliations