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Qualifications

PGCE Higher Education (University of Wales, Newport) 2013.
MA Education (Leadership and Management) University of Wales, Newport. 2010.
Diploma Youth and Community Studies, University of Wales, Newport. 2001.
B.Soc. Sci. History and Sociology, University of Birmingham, 1997.

About

I joined USW as a Senior Lecturer in Youth work and Youth justice in 2011. I am course leader for the MA Working for children and young people. I have a particular interest, experience and expertise in working with young people who are socially and educationally excluded and have many years’ experience of working with, and leading services for, children and young people experiencing emotional, social and/or behavioural difficulties.

Experience

Senior lecturer Youth work/Youth justice: USW. 2011 – present.
Student conciliator: USW. 2014 – present.
Erasmus teaching mobility programme: Teaching Intercultural learning. Howest, Bruges. April 2012.
Faculty representative: UWN Widening Access group. 2011-2012.
Head of Torfaen Pupil Referral Unit (including the Secondary Gypsy and Traveller Education Service): Torfaen LA. 2008-2011.
Head of Youth Access (EOTAS, Alternative Curriculum and Gypsy and Traveller Education services): Torfaen LA. 2006 – 2008
Youth Worker in schools and In Schools Youth Work Coordinator: Torfaen LA. 2002 – 2006.
Coordinator: Social Care and Princes Trust Leaving Care Mentoring Scheme. 2001 – 2003.
Outreach and Detached Youth Work Coordinator: Torfaen LA. 1999 – 2001.
Youth Worker: Llantarnam School Special Needs Resource Base (EBD). 2001 – 2002.
Youth Worker: Newport CC. 1998-2004.

Responsibilities

Level 6 year tutor and module leader.
Level 7 year tutor and module leader.
Dissertation supervisor (undergraduate and post graduate).
Course Leader for MA Working for Young People.
Link Coordinator for Include/CfBT.

Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

External

I am a Trustee of two Newport based charities – South East Wales Regional Equality Council (SEWREC) and Community House. Through this I jointly lead a BBC Children In Need funded detached youth work project focusing on anti-social and criminal behaviour and the wellbeing of young people. I am also one of the Directors of Go Connect, a not for profit company that enables those young people across South Wales who are furthest away from the labour market to engage in positive activities to improve their social mobility.
I undertake external teaching focussing on Inclusion, Special Educational needs and working with vulnerable groups of children and young people.
I volunteer with Cwtsh, a Newport based micro arts centre and community library. In this role I facilitate research projects and other activities with a group of children who make up a ‘Thinking group’ at St Woolos Primary school, Newport. I also support the work of the Heritage Lottery funded Positive Identities project through sitting on the steering group and facilitating research teaching with the young people participants.
I am an Estyn trained peer assessor in Youth support services.

Research

I am currently working towards a PhD (Social Policy and Criminology). ‘How restorative is restorative justice? A case study considering the practice, and value of, restorative approaches with children and young people in England and Wales’. 2015.
‘What works in increasing student participation when teaching cross disciplinary groups? An action research investigation.’ PGCE Higher Education (University of Wales, Newport) 2013.
Research supervision ( undergraduate and postgraduate).

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