Emma Chivers known as Emma
Currently Studying a Professional Doctorate in Social and Public Policy at Cardiff University. Title of thesis is
‘What factors influence the retention and progression of Foundation Year Students within Higher Education in Wales?’
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.
PostGraduate Certificate: Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education. University of Wales, Newport.
MA Youth and Community Development Studies (Management). De Montfort University, Leicester.
BA (Hons) Community Studies (Youth and Community Work). University of Wales.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training. University of Wales.
Emma Chivers is the Academic Manager of Social Policy, Youth and Community Work and Foundation Years, a Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work. Committed to policy developments and influencing change for Young People and widening participation students. Specialises in Practice, and teaches under-graduate and post-graduate students. External Advisor for University of East London and External Examiner for Plymouth University, and Plymouth Marjon University. Participated in European and International work looking at Multi-disciplinary perspectives on working with young people in Europe, co-ordinating student visits to Moving Mountains Trust Kenya. Posts include Operational Manager for NPT Youth Service and Development Officer positions, Chair of Youth Events Wales and currently Chair of Youth Cymru.
A professionally qualified Youth and Community Worker with over 25 years experience within the voluntary and maintained sector.
University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth. External Examiner
BA and MA Youth and Community Work (Academic Modules). Confirming regulations and standards are met and maintained within the delivery of programmes. 2016 to present
External Examiner – FdA Children & Young People’s Workforce (Truro & Penwith College) Confirming regulations and standards are met and maintained within the delivery of programmes. 2014 to 2018
Chair of Youth Cymru (Voluntary – A National Youth Work Charity with an 81 year history of working with young people and youth workers. Working with the Chief Executive and trustees to deliver the strategic and operational plan; meeting the needs of the Welsh Government, Funders and Young People. Identifying the continuing professional development needs of staff within the organization.
Academic Manager Social Policy, Foundation Years and Youth and Community Work (Senior Lecturer Youth and Community Work) at the University of South Wales
To work closely to the Head of School and Associate Heads and provide academic leadership and operational management of staff within the following cluster of subjects:
• Youth & Community Work;
• Social Policy (Sociology, Public Services)
• Foundation Cert of H.E. in Social Sciences, Science and Humanities.
To lead on issues of quality assurance and enhancement in a specified area and take responsibility for internal and external assessments, which may include liaison with external bodies with QA remits (ESTYN, WG, HEFCW) and other professional bodies;
To be responsible for managing the subject area(s) and play a critical function in the areas of QA, curriculum development and review, student recruitment and retention, management of Lecturers and Senior Lecturers, including Hourly Paid Lecturers, ensuring a high quality student experience. Other responsibilities within your relevant subject area(s) will include management of work based learning opportunities, business development, UK and international partnerships, recruitment and research.
Conduct team and individual development, appraisals, managing and supporting staff development and deal with issues that are impacting upon performance;
Co-ordination of curriculum development proposals, revalidation cycles and other development and review processes within subject areas including a cross discipline approach when reviewing modules and developing new courses;
To manage staff and non-staff budgets in areas of responsibility;
Work collaboratively with strategic partners to develop business opportunities across the F.E. and H.E. Sector to increase student population.
2009 to present – Chair of Youth Cymru (Voluntary – A National Youth Work Charity with an 81 year history of working with young people and youth workers. Working with the Chief Executive and trustees to deliver the strategic and operational plan; meeting the needs of the Welsh Government, Funders and Young People. Identifying the continuing professional development needs of staff within the organization.
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Member of the Professional Association of Youth and Community work Lecturers
Training Agencies of the Education and Training Standards Committee, Wales.
Previously Wales Convenor for Community and Youth Workers Union (CYWU).
Chair of Youth Cymru
International work with Moving Mountains Trust and Adventure Alternative Kenya.
Facilitator of ‘From Wales to Kenya – Women working together to achieve and inspire change’;
2018 Reviewer for the Radical Community Work Journal
2016 Reviewer for the Journal of Public Policy and Administration2015/2016
2016 Book review for Policy Press: Grassroots youth work – Policy, passion and resistance in practice (Tania de St Croix).
Supervision of Undergraduate students upon the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work Students.
Research and Scholarly Activity:
Presented a paper at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Perth, WA, titled:
“Dismissed as professional gossip” – The role of Youth Workers in identifying, and responding to, the sexual exploitation of children and young women. Based upon current research undertaken in collaboration with Catherine Haywood.
Presented a paper at the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work: The Professional Association’s Annual Conference 2019, titled ‘Critical Pedagogy and Professional Practice in Youth and Community Work Education at Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln, United Kingdom with Ellen Ghassempoory.
The title of the paper, Anti-Oppressive Practice: From the classroom to professional practice.
Presented a paper at the British Education Studies Association (BESA) 15th Annual International Conference 2019, University of Wales Trinity St David
Politics and the role of education: divergence and convergence
Main Conference: 27th – 28th June 2019, Title of the paper: Emma Chivers
What factors influence the retention and progression of Foundation Year Students within Higher Education in Wales?
Presented a paper at the Foundation Year Network Annual Conference, July 5-6th 2018
Title: The ‘trials and tribulations of Transition into Foundation Year Study’ at the University of South Wales.
2018 Presented Evidence to the Children, Young People and Education Committee as part of the Follow-Up Consultation on the Inquiry into Youth Work.
2018 Awarded an Individual Excellence Award in Learning and Teaching within the Faculty of Business and Society
15th May 2018: Secured Funding to Co-ordinate and Facilitate a research seminar on behalf of the Professional Associations of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work Research Seminar at the University of South Wales, Newport Campus, titled ‘ Young People, Youth Work, Well-Being and Resilience attended by 80 practitioners, employers, students and academics.
2017 Presentation of paper at the Professional Association of Lecturers
in Youth and Community Work conference titled ‘Co-production, Research
and Youth and Community Work’ at University of Glasgow January 2017
titled ‘‘Evidence Informed or Evidence Based Practice: Which direction for Youth
and Community Work?’
2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for the University of South Wales: Awarded to a former student to acknowledge their achievements and success, be this through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.
2016 Presentation of paper at the Professional Association of Lecturers
in Youth and Community Work Annual Conference in June 2016, Derry, Northern Ireland titled: ‘The adoption of a sociological stance using sociological and professional imagination to review Youth work’s current positioning’
2015 A critical assessment of Evidence Based Policy and Practice within Youth and Community Work (Part of Professional Doctorate)
2015 What factors enhance or inhibit children and young people’s well-being? (using SPSS and Quantitative data) (Part of Professional Doctorate)
Areas of Expertise
Youth and Community Work;
Teaching and Learning;
Retention and Progression of Undergraduate and Foundation Year Students.
Widening Participation and Increasing Access Higher Education.
Training Agencies Group Wales representative on the Education and Training Standards Wales (ETS Wales): ETS Wales professionally endorses programmes of training for Youth Workers to ensure they are of a suitably high quality, relevant to the needs of employers, youth workers themselves and the young people they work with. It undertakes this work on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth & Community Workers (JNC).
I am committed to improving the student experience and removing barriers to participation within Higher Education.I have developed a variety of pedagogic practices and processes to maximise student’s learning, as well as increase their academic and work based skills, knowledge and practice. I have utilised peer to peer learning as well as modelled ‘strengths based teaching’ strategies to increase student confidence and participation in both taught and practice based sessions. I have encouraged students to take responsibility for their own learning within an academic and practice based context, which has worked well via self assessment processes that identifies strengths and concerns within a range of occupational and study skills subject areas. Experiences has evidenced that the learning support environment needs to be increasingly flexible, adaptive and accessible to enable students to personalise learning to meet their individual needs and particular circumstances. I am developing expertise in pedagogic research to improve the student experience and work with students and colleagues to inform and change pedagogic practice. I am fully engaged within my discipline and have engaged in scholarly activity in the area of youth and community work management and the leadership and management of children and young people’s services,women’s issues and the developmentof anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice. I work with youth and community work practitioners to raise awareness of oppression and inequalites, locally and globally and work them to ensure it is embedded firmly within their youth and community work practice. I am also passionate about international work with young people and have developed strong links with Moving Mountains Trust and Adventure Alternative Kenya. I am committed to providing students with an international experiences, real or virtual to raise awareness of poverty, international aid, community development and sustainability.
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