I am Associate Head of School - Curriculum & Quality, for the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport (ECYS) having previously been Head of Qualifications (Undergraduate) Childhood and Youth at the Open University, which includes the BA (Hons) in Youth Work with JNC and BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies. I am also Deputy Associate Dean (Curriculum) for the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. I have been a full-time academic at the university since March 2011. Prior to this I was a Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
I came in to higher education after a career in Community Education, Community Development and Youth Work and became a lecturer to support those wishing to enter this field of work and those already working in the field. I have worked 'with' people throughout my career and through every life stage, though I am particularly passionate about work with young and older people. I am passionate about volunteering.
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I am in my final year of an EdD researching adult motivations for volunteering in work with young people from intersectional and lifelong learning perspectives.
I look forward to sharing my findings soon.
I have been involved in the production of many modules in the Working with Young People qualifications as follows:
E108 - Working with Young People: An Introduction
E118 - Introduction to Working with Young People in practice
E318 - Youth: Policy in Practice
Throughout 2015-2016 worked as an Academic Advisor on the most recent Child of our Time programme which was aired in April 2017. There is an OpenLearn microsite for more information about the Child of our Time series.
I was an Academic Advisor on the BBC2 Co-Production The Great NHS Experiment broadcast during September 2019.
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