College: College of Health and Social Care
Department: Social and Community Studies
Subject area: Social and Community Studies
Admissions Tutor and Stage 1 Coordinator
I teach on the BA (Hons) Working with young people and communities. This includes module leader for the first year module, 'Working with Individuals and Groups', the second year module, 'Research and Critical Thinking', the third year module, 'Management and Development of Practice'.
I also am a personal tutor for all three stages, a supervisor for the Independent Study and teach reflective practice and study skills to first years.
Finally, I will be teaching on the new BSC (Hons) Child and Family Health and Well-Being.
Outside of the classroom, I am Admissions Tutor and I support the training of Subject Specialist Mentors from the students, and support outreach work in local schools and colleges, promoting University study, preparing for UCAS and taster sessions to help cadidates refelct on the range of careers and opportunities making a difference, working with people, especially young people and their families. I also coordinate the selection and recruitment onto the programme through direct applicants and UCAS.
I am passionate about working with hard to reach young people, especially those who exhibit challenging behaviour. I have a keen interest in using social media when working with young people, and outdoors education as a tool for personal, group and community transformation.
I am a member of the British Canoe Union and British Mountaineering Council
TAQA Internal Verifier and Assessor
BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Learning and Development
DipHE Youth and Community Work
I have extensive experience in the formal and informal education of young people for over twenty years, both as a youth and community worker and more recently as a teacher and trainer.
I have over fifteen years of youth work experience in the voluntary, statutory and commercial sector, including eight years experience as a youth work manager, managing projects, people and resources. I have worked in a huge range of contexts of delivery and organisation including youth clubs, schools work, health work, safeguarding work, outreach and detached work, adventurous activities, participation, faith based work, special interest groups including skate parks, off road motorbikes, sport, music production and arts, mentoring, information advice and guidance and more. I have worked for train companies, town councils, unitary authorities, schools, charities and other voluntary groups.
I have over four years full time experience in outdoors education working as a sessional instructor and manager. This included gaining Basic Expedition Leadership Award Level3, BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Trained, paddlesport 2 star and level 1 coach, and NICAS Indoor Rock Climbing Level 2. I am currently Mountain Leader Summer and Climbing Wall Award trained, pending assessment. I am a qualified DofE assessor for all expeditions.