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Qualifications

PostGraduate Certificate: Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education. Univerisity 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.

About

Emma Chivers is the Academic Manager of Social Sciences, a Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Work, and Programme Leader For the Foundation Degree Working with Young People. Committed to policy developments and influencing change. Specialises in Practice, and teaches under and post graduate students. External Advisor for University of East London and External Examiner for Plymouth University. She has 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 an Executive Board member of Youth Cymru.

Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Previously a member of the Education and Training Standards Committee, Wales.
Previously Wales Convenor for Community and Youth Workers Union (CYWU).

External

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’;

Research

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.

Research Supervision:

Supervision of Undergraduate students upon the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work Students.

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