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Professor Colin Trotman

Specialist Subjects: Director of Adult Continuing Education and Head of Department

Professor Trotman was appointed as Head of Department in Adult Continuing Education from September 1999 and as Director of Adult Continuing Education from April 2003.


BSc (Econ) 2:1 in Sociology (1982-1985)
PhD “Attitudinal and Behavioural Response to Changing Patterns of Technological and Organisation Innovation” (1987-1993) in Sociology (awarded in 1993).

Research interests

Widening Access, Participation in Higher Education, Access to Higher Education, Social Exclusion, Education and Social Class, Trade Union Studies, Community Studies.

Courses Taught

Prep for BA Humanities Sociology
Part-time Degree Sociology


2014 Trotman, C., et al, Community-based Part-time Degree Programme, in Widening Access: Delivering for Wales, HEFCW E-Publication, December 2014.

2012 Trotman, C., et al, Part-time Study: The New Paradigm for Higher Education?  Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), (ISBN 978-0-9572033-0-3).

2011 Trotman, C., and Elliott, J, Building Basic Skills Through Union Led Learning, Department of Adult Education, Swansea University, evaluation report for Wales TUC.

2010 Trotman, C., et al, Countering Social Disadvantage, in Urponen, H., and Mark, R., (eds), Lifelong Learning for the New Decade, University of Lapland Publications in Education 23: 2010 (ISBN 978-952-484-396-6).

2009 Trotman, C., et al, Reaching the students other recruitment strategies can’t reach, in Cook, T. et al (eds), How to Recruit and Retain Higher Education Students: A Handbook of Good Practice, New York: Taylor and Francis (ISBN 978-0-415-99-098-6) (Lead author).

2008 Trotman, C; et al The University in the Community: improving student recruitment and retention through outreach and partnership working, Queens University Ulster, in print autumn 2008.

2008 Trotman, C., et al, Changing Landscapes, Community University of the Valleys, Swansea:  Welsh Centre for Research into Lifelong Learning, (ISBN 978-1-900-346-95-6) (Lead author).

2008 Trotman, C., et al, The Appropriateness of Access to Higher Education Programmes for Progression to Higher Education, Swansea: Welsh Centre for Research into Lifelong Learning, (ISBN 978-1-900346-01-6) (Lead author).

2007 Trotman, C; Joint editor with M. Abrahamson, T. Acland, M. Hill, T. Hudson, P.  Jones, A. Lines, D. Saunders, J. Storan, and R.Kop, Transformation, Progression and Hope, whatever happened to lifelong learning? Cromwell Press, London. ISBN 978-1-905858-11-8.

2007 Trotman, C; Joint editor with R.Kop, R. Jones, J. McCallum and R. Payne, Swansea University, Swansea, Changing Landscapes, ISBN 978-1-900346-95-5 (in print) Changing Landscapes published by the Department of Adult Continuing Education, University of Wales Swansea.  ISBN: 978-1-900346-95-5.

2005 Trotman, C; et al From the margins to the mainstream: Embedding widening participation in higher education, Universities UK, 2005, ISBN: 1 84036 122 0.

2005 Trotman, C; Emlyn Williams (1921-1995), New Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press.  ISBN 019861411X.

2003 Trotman, C; Pudner, H; Higher Education and Social Impact: A Community Education Role to Widen Participation, Rodopi Publications – Research Series.  ISBN 90-420-1146-7.

2003 Trotman, C; Evaluation of the Step-up to Science Widening Participation Project, at the University of Ulster, published by the University of Ulster.

2003 Trotman, C; Pester, S; The value of NAB provision in supporting non-formal learning and its contribution to widening participation, in Attracting and Retaining Learners: Policy and Practice Perspectives, editor Danny Saunders et al, Chapter 7, pages 69-74.  FACE publication 2003. ISBN 1-840540-86-9.

2002 Trotman, C; Humphreys, R O; Pudner, H; Warren, C;  ‘They get you trying’ Swansea Skills Service: an evaluation of the project, Department of Adult Continuing Education, University of Wales Swansea, 2002, 120 pp.

2002 Trotman, C; Kop, F. G; The Connecting Communities Cymru Project: using ICT to overcome geographical and educational disadvantage, (Editor Dr Artur Bartosik) in The Application of Information Technology in Adult Education, published by University of Kielce, Poland, 163-172.  ISBN 83-88906-14-3.

2002 Trotman, C; Pudner, H; The Penderry Project 1996-2000, Journal of Lifelong Learning Initiatives (JOLLI), October, Issue No 32, 15-21.  ISSN 1464-1763.

2002 Trotman, C; Pudner, H; Woodrow, M; York, M; Lee, M F; McGrane, J; Osborne, B; Social class and participation: Good practice in widening access to higher education.  Universities UK, 2002, 177 pp. ISBN 1 84036 077 1.

2000 Trotman, C; and Pudner, H; Collaboration as the key to inclusive higher education, Lifelong Learning in Europe, V, 4, 2000, 208-16. ISSN 1239-6826.

2000 Trotman, C; and Pudner, H; A negotiated curriculum: reflections on aspiration and curriculum development in the context of social exclusion and educational alienation’, Welsh Journal of Education, 9, 2, 2000, 75-88. ISSN 0957-297X.

2000 Trotman, C; and Pudner, H; Higher education in the context of social exclusion: community collaboration at all levels, in Changing the Culture of the Campus: Towards an Inclusive Higher Education, editors Thomas, L and Cooper, M, Staffordshire University Press, 2000, 168-76. ISBN 1 897898 65 7.

2000 Trotman, C; and Francis, H; A Continuity of purpose?  Education and the South Wales miners’, in The Rise and Fall of Adult Education Institutions and Social Movements, editors. Cooke, A and MacSween, A, Peter Lang, 2000, 92-106. ISBN  3-631-36174-2.

2000 Trotman, C; Clancy, H; and Hoque, M; Pathways for Ethnic Minorities. Research Papers in Continuing Education, DACE, University of Wales Swansea. ISBN 1900346 50 8.

1998 Trotman, C; Pudner, H; Woodrow, M; Lee, M F; McGrane, J; and Osborne, B; From Elitism to Inclusion:  Good Practice in Widening Access to Higher Education, Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals, London, 1998, 150 pp.  ISBN 1 84036 021 6.

1998 Trotman, C; Burge, A; and Francis, H; In a Class of their Own:  Adult Learning and the South Wales Mining Community 1900-1939’, ESRC Learning Society Project.

1998 Trotman, C., What’s the point?  Questions that matter in community-based projects designed to counter social exclusion and increase participation in continuing education, in Beyond the Boundaries, (ed. J Preece), National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 1998, 47-55. ISBN 1 86201 047 1

Membership of interest groups/professional bodies

Chairperson, Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (Cymru)
Regional Learning Partnership, Adult Community Learning Strategic Sub-group.
Vice Chair, Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UK).
Member of Swansea Adult Community Learning Strategy Group.
Member of Pembrokeshire Learning Network, Steering Group.
Member of Neath Port Talbot Learning Partnership.

General Information

TEL: +44 (0) 01792 295277
FAX: +44 (0)
E-MAIL: c.trotman@swansea.ac.uk

Courses Taught