Professor of learning disabilities, University of West London
Professor Bob Gates is well known for his contribution to the learning disabilities field.
As he approaches what will be a five – decade career he has held numerous positions across the UK in learning disability services and education settings.
He established the Centre for Learning Disability Studies at the University of Hertfordshire, and was the Director of the East Yorkshire Learning Disability Institute at the University of Hull.
Bob was founding editor-in-chief of Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, and he serves on numerous international journal editorial boards. In 2014, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Learning Disabilities.
He is a patron of Stanley Grange - a small intentional community for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs in Lancashire, UK. He is also patron of Razed Roof, an inclusive performing arts group based in Harlow. He has an extensive publication record that includes peer-reviewed papers, textbooks, chapters, commentaries, commissioned research reports, and editorials.
His research interests includes; advocacy, challenging behaviour, workforce issues, families, people with profound and complex needs, and the education and training of carers. He has gained numerous research grants, and has worked NHS England and the learning disability sub-group on safer staffing in learning disability services.
In July 2018 he was named, and listed as one of 70 of the most influential nurses in the history of the NHS from 1948 to 2018. Bob is also Emeritus professor of learning disabilities at the University of Hertfordshire, and a visiting professor of learning disabilities at Derby University.