Kevin J. Brazant is an Academic Mentor and Lecturer who supports students and lectures on Youth, Community Development BSc as well as Social Work BSc and MSc courses at the School of Social Professions.
Kevin graduated from Middlesex University with Communication Studies and Information and Communication Technology BA (Hons). His career started in media and creative industries with London Weekend Television (LWT) in the late 90’s. He then went onto complete his master's in Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work.
He has since obtained postgraduate certificates in supervision practice, mentoring and coaching with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and has trained in psycho educational group work and couple psychotherapy with Tavistock Relationships (TR).
He has an extensive background in youth and community work and, in particular, conflict resolution. Kevin is an associate speaker, trainer and facilitator delivering training around conflict resolution for organisations working with young people and families. He is also an Associate Domestic Violence and Abuse Trainer, training practitioners in conflict resolution and mediation.
He is also an accredited High Risk Conflict Management Specialist, supporting young people caught up in cycles of serious youth violence. He facilitates group supervision and learning groups for students and practitioners.
Kevin lectures mainly on youth and social work courses and is currently working towards a master's in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. He is both a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He has been awarded Certified Practitioner Status as a learning developer in HE with the Association for Learning in Higher Education (ALDinHE).
He is currently providing seminars for newly qualified social workers and practitioners on the topic of ‘Positive Father Involvement’ as part of the North London Teaching Partnership, which consists of five boroughs (Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering).
His research interests and influences are in areas of sociology, anthropology and pedagogy and include the following:
- positive father involvement, parental alienation and domestic violence as part of family breakdown and conflict
- modern masculinities and ‘on road’ youth culture among men and boys
- group supervision, reflective practice and knowledge exchange seminars with social workers and professionals working with children and families
- high risk conflict management, conflict resolution and serious youth violence
- pedagogy, teaching and learning in higher education
- social learning theory and communities of practice
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic attainment and the degree awarding gap
- widening participation
- learning spaces and learning communities
- peer assisted learning and mentoring
- playful and creative learning
- Hot Shots Award recipient for film director debut for the documentary "Unheard Voices", (2003) documenting the stories of teenage fathers living in Hackney, east London.
- Adiaha Antigha Award from Hackney Council for working with Black and minority ethnic boys, men and fathers in Hackney (2017).
- Olmec's Social Enterprise Double Award for outstanding social and economic community contribution for work with fathers (2018).
- Olmec's Social Enterprise Double Award for outstanding social and economic community contribution for creating a podcasting and content creation with students (2018).
- Award for certified Practitioner in Learning Development, awarded by The Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE).