I work between two programmes within the Institute of Education.
Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies. This degree is practice based and explores the 0-19 sector from an education perspective. The FdA Children and Young Peoples Services reflects the changes to the Children and Young Peoples workforce and is a practice based foundation degree offering a choice of pathways that will enable students to gain theoretical knowledge underpinned by practical experience of working in the Children and Young Peoples Workforce
My teaching responsibilities are primarily on the BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies where I am module leader for Social Policy, Working with Parents, Carers and Communities and Integrated Working and on the Children and Young Peoples Foundation Degree where I am module leader for two modules Integrated Services and Working with Parents and Carers. I have additional responsibility on this programme as the named person for students who may need additional support to fully engage with the programme. I am also responsible as link tutor for the level 6 Early Years Professional Status students.
I have a professional interest in equality and diversity and inclusion. As a practitioner I worked as part of a team of professionals piloting integrated working prior to the implementation of the Every Child Matters Agenda. To support my ongoing commitment to the development and application of theory and practice in these areas I am the identified person for the identification and support of students either not engaging with their chosen modules or programme.
I have undertaken research looking at perceptions of parent partnership in light of government initiatives and legislation and how this is reflected in practice.My current research is exploring employability in Higher Education exploring what employability means for the student, academic staff and the workforce hopefully informing practice in module and programme development. My future research interest would be around my subject areas of: equality, cultural identity and aspiration embracing diversity through assessment and engagement Integrated multi-professional working in practice. Emotional intelligence - impact on engagement in learning and personal development.The areas identified as future considerations for research are informed by the challenges faced as a lecturer, a practitioner and parent.
Membership of professional bodies
I am a fellow of the higher education authority
Experience in industry
28 years experience of working with Children and families 0 - 19 age range. Experience included early years as practitioner and manager, school liaison, assessor and mentor. Learning mentor and senior learning mentor in a multi agency team. School governor at a 3 to 16 school leading on inclusion and SEND
Additional interests and activities
Management committee member of a Children's Centre.